Nature, Culture, Country: SW USA

Module code: GY3317

Module co-ordinator: Dr Jen Dickinson

Initial Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate competing claims to natural resources in the SW USA, and relate these to wider debates about natural resources in academic geography
  • Analyse different perspectives concerning the 'place' of first nations people in the contemporary SW USA
  • Critically evaluate different 'ways of seeing' the landscapes of the SW USA, relating these to broader geographical approaches to landscape

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures; Seminars; Directed Reading; Field course; Project Supervision; Independent Research and Independent Study.


Assessment is 100% coursework. Written report 60%; essay 40%. The written report is an 'Area'-style journal article based upon a self-directed research project on any topic to be agreed with module staff (support provided before, during and after the trip, including a formative research proposal [not assessed]). Essay is a broad question on contestations over landscape, which students can shape according to their interests (again support provided by teaching staff).

Additional Information

An additional fee is payable for this module to cover the costs of travel and subsistence abroad.

Student numbers on this module are necessarily capped for logistic reasons. In the possible event that the module is oversubscribed, priority will firstly be given to BA and BA Human Geography students as this is a Human Geography staffed module. A random draw will be used to resolve any further competition for places.