The Berlin field course is an optional course aimed at students studying for the Geography BA or Human Geography BA. It explores how the location of Berlin has shaped its place within geopolitical conflicts over centuries, examines how the Berlin Wall is commemorated, and also considers how Cold War geopolitics continues to shape life in the city. The module is an opportunity to apply critical and creative geographical approaches to researching the politics of housing and migration in Berlin.
The Californian field course comprises a ten-day trip to the Mojave Desert (near Las Vegas) and to Death Valley. Students stay in a desert research station and spend the trip studying a range of landforms and landscapes characteristic of this remarkable arid landscape. These include weathering processes, desert rivers, sand-dunes, salt lakes and, in Death Valley, some of the world's most impressive alluvial fans. This is an optional third-year physical geography module (Geography BSc or Physical Geography BSc).