Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Geographical Applications

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This unit introduces students to the field of applied geography. The academic discipline of Geography was born out of the need for humans to know and understand the world they live in. Such needs resulted in exploration, resource exploitation, trade, and resource management. More recently, environmental management and land use planning have featured more prominently on the geographic agenda as the human impact on the natural environment has become more severe.

Geography has always been a practical discipline in character but the need for geographic applications has never been greater than at present.

Study-unit Aims:

This unit is meant to get students to apply their knowledge of geographic processes to address environmental problems. The main emphasis of the unit is on physical geographic factors but anthropogenic factors are also taken into consideration. It is quite impossible to divorce the two.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

1. identify a specific geo-environmental hazard within a particular site in Malta;
2. explain its generic causes and demonstrate possible linkages between human and physical geographic processes;
3. assess how physical processes contribute to such problems;
4. assess how human processes magnify such problems;
5. propose strategies to mitigate or manage them.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to demonstrate the application of problem-solving skills to selected geo-environmental problems and hazards.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Arbogast, A.F. (2007). Discovering Physical Geography, Wiley, Chichester.
- Christopherson, R.W. and Thomsen, C.E. 2008. Applied Physical Geography: Geosystems in the Laboratory, 7th edition, Prentice Hall, Essex.
- Montello D., and Sutton P., (2012) An Introduction to Scientific Research Methods in Geography and Environmental Studies - Second Edition. SAGE Publications Ltd.
- Pacione, M. (1999). Applied Geography: Principles and Practice, Routledge, London and New York.
- Pacione, M. (1999) Applied Geography: In pursuit of useful knowledge. Applied Geography Vol 19 (1999) pp1–12.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM2 No 30%
Assignment SEM2 Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Ivan Calleja
John A. Schembri

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