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GEOG280 Research Methodology in Human Geography

S1: First Semester

For advising and course planning
Coordinator: Dr Christina Ergler

Purpose

2013 students on GEOG280 field camp with lecturer Professor Etienne Nel_image by Adrian NelResearch is vital to the discipline of geography. It forms the basis of geographical knowledge. Research involves the systematic investigation into a particular issue or problem of importance in order to establish, understand and expand upon what is known about the identified issue and to work toward a solution to that problem. This 18 point paper introduces you to a range of research methods commonly used in geography. The course is very hand-on and will involve small groups of students working with members of our community in the University of Otago vicinity. The course will equip you with a wide range of skills which will be valuable both whilst you are at University and also afterwards in your life and work. These are crucial transferable skills that will enable you to gain a first hand experience of working in and with communities, doing research, and communicating your findings.

Content

2013 students on GEOG280 field camp with lecturer Professor Tony Binns_image by Adrian NelEach year, the course focuses on one key concept in human geography. Examples include identity, place, power, scale, sustainability and mobilities. Drawing from the University community and the local Dunedin context, students will work in groups to develop a research project that explores key issues in relation to that concept. Students of GEOG280 then undertake that research and communicate their results through an academic poster and a formal presentation. For example, in 2015, students explored what place means to Otago students. Groups of 5-6 GEOG280 students each conducted research projects that identified the variety of stories (past, present and future) that made up lace for particular communities on and around campus. each group focused on one community, including residents of Hyde Street and Castle Street, Halls of residence, international students, Dunedin students, postgraduate students, students in named flats etc. Questions asked include:

  • How do identifications of place differ among and within groups?
  • What is the difference between the lived experiences of place and dominant representations of place in the media and elsewhere?
  • What is the effect of these dominant stories of place?

Each year the focus of inquiry will differ framed by the core geographical concept chosen.

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Details

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

Research is vital to the discipline of geography. It forms the basis of geographical knowledge. This 18-point paper introduces you to a range of research methods commonly used in geography. The paper is very hands-on and will involve small groups of students working with members of our community in the University of Otago vicinity. The paper will equip you with a wide range of skills, which will be valuable both whilst you are at the University and also afterwards in your life and work. These are crucial transferable skills that will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of working in and with communities, doing research and communicating your findings.

Paper title Research Methodology in Human Geography
Paper code GEOG280
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
GEOG 101 and GEOG 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
May not be credited together with SOCI 201 passed before 2005.
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Co-ordinator: Dr Sophie Bond
Paper Structure
The paper 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 group research projects.
Teaching Arrangements
  • There is a 1-2 day field trip early in the semester to allow you to explore the key concept in relation to a specific place
  • Each research group of 5-6 students will have a staff member or senior tutor as an advisor who will guide them through their research projects
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper. 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.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper 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

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
M1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9, 11-15, 18-22

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 18:00-21:50 22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-15, 17-21

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

Research is vital to the discipline of geography. It forms the basis of geographical knowledge. This 18-point paper introduces you to a range of research methods commonly used in geography. The paper is very hands-on and will involve small groups of students working with members of our community in the University of Otago vicinity. The paper will equip you with a wide range of skills, which will be valuable both whilst you are at the University and also afterwards in your life and work. These are crucial transferable skills that will enable you to gain a first-hand experience of working in and with communities, doing research and communicating your findings.

Paper title Research Methodology in Human Geography
Paper code GEOG280
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
GEOG 101 and GEOG 102
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
May not be credited together with SOCI 201 passed before 2005.
Eligibility
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: Dr Christina Ergler
Paper Structure
The paper 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 group research projects.
Teaching Arrangements
  • Compulsory
    • 1-2 lectures per week and a 2-hour workshop per week. (no timetable clashes for lectures or workshop will be approved)
    • There is a 1-2 day field trip early in the semester to allow you to explore the key concept in relation to a specific place
    Each research group of 5-6 students will have a staff member or senior tutor as an advisor who will guide them through their research projects
Textbooks
Textbooks are not required for this paper. Readings will be selected and prescribed from a range of journals, texts and edited collections. These will be made available through eReserve on Blackboard.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper 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

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 10

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
M1 Monday 14:00-14:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 14:00-14:50 9, 11-13, 15-22

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Tuesday 18:00-21:50 22

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22