Research Methodology in Human Geography

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Research Methodology in Human Geography

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    GEOG 101 and GEOG 102

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to methodology and field research as practised in human geography.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course students will be able to:
    1.Apply key geographical concepts, literatures and methodologies to real-world problems in order to draw insightful and meaningful conclusions that contribute to addressing those problems
    2.Design an appropriate research project to address a specified problem
    3.Communicate research findings both orally and through a poster
    4.Understand research ethics and issues that can arise between researcher and research participants in human geography research

    Course Structure
    The course runs in two parallel parts. A lecture series will provide the skills in research design, methods, analysis and communicating results. The workshop series runs alongside the lectures to allow you to put lecture learning to work in relation to your group research projects.

    Text books are not required for this course.Readings will be selected and prescribed from a range of journals, texts and edited collections. These will be made available either through the library or on Blackboard. Students will also be required to undertake their own independent and group research to source literature relevant to their research projects.

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