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Birkbeck, University of London

Development and Globalisation

UCAS Code: 1C59

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

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Full-time | 2018

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4 years | Part-time | 2018


Human geography

If you are interested in the impact of globalisation on international development and how development and globalisation impact on the environment, then this is the degree for you. You will gain a broad understanding of international development, environmental change and globalisation. You will learn about challenging issues ranging across social and cultural geography, environment and development studies.This programme is ideal if you want to study development and globalisation at undergraduate level for personal or professional reasons, and want a flexible evening study course that allows you to explore and deepen your interests, without putting your life on hold.We offer a wide choice of modules that respond to the demands of today's workplace and are linked to the cutting-edge research interests of our staff. You also complete a piece of research or a literature review in an area of special interest to you. This programme gives you the opportunity to study with internationally recognised experts who are defining the field with their groundbreaking research. Ours is a lively, stimulating environment in which to study and research.You will also benefit from our mix of classroom and field-based teaching, including a number of fieldwork opportunities that bring together students to build social and professional networks, and to develop important skills in data collection and analysis. You will develop the social and technical skills you need for both academic research and the modern workplace.


You need a total of 360 credits to complete your undergraduate degree, which is split evenly into 120 credits per year. Modules are offered at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

The first year is composed of four compulsory modules that introduce you to fundamental aspects of how development, globalisation and communities function.

In your second year, you take one compulsory module and choose three option modules at Level 5. These modules are more specialised and you will also gain useful experience in data collection for your independent work in Year 3.

In your final year, you undertake a substantial piece of written work: either a 30-credit literature review or a 60-credit research project. You can also specialise further by choosing from a range of advanced option modules at Level 6, to make up your 120 credits.

Our courses are supported by a range of exciting fieldtrips to destinations in the UK and beyond. Compulsory fieldtrips are paid for by the Department, apart from travel costs to/from the venue. We also offer a range of optional fieldtrips.

Year 1 compulsory modules:
Community Action;
Development and Globalisation;
Global Environmental Issues;
Human Geography: Space and Place in the Contemporary World.

Year 2 compulsory module:
Methods, Analysis and Techniques.

Year 3 compulsory module:
Development Studies Project;
Geography/Environment Literature Review.

Level 5 option modules:
Anthropology of Space Architecture and Landscape (Level 5);
Anthropology, Development and Diaspora (Level 5);
Children, Youth and International Development;
Contemporary debates in food and farming;
Critical Race Studies: Understanding Asian and Black Experiences in Britain;
Environment and Security;
Environment, Economy and Society in Europe;
Environmental Processes;
Knowing the Social World;
Material Culture, Consumption and the Construction of Self (Level 5);
Participation and Community Engagement;
Social Conflict;
Social Justice (Level 5);
Social Relations and Social Policy Level 5.

Level 6 option modules:
'Race', Ethnicity and Development;
Anthropology of Space, Architecture and the Landscape (Level 6);
Anthropology, Development and Diaspora (Level 6);
Cities and Urban Inequalities;
Coastal Processes and Management;
Environment and Development;
Equality and Diversity: The Development of Policy and Practice in Britain;
Gender, Space and Time;
Globalization in the Contemporary World;
Landscape Change: Past and Future (1);
Landscape Change: Past and Future (2);
Principles of Geographical Information Systems;
Remote Sensing and Image Processing (1);
Remote Sensing and Image Processing (2);
Research Applications in Human Geography, Delhi Field Trip Level 6;
Storms, Seas and Rivers: hydrology in the field (1);
Storms, Seas and Rivers: hydrology in the field (2);
The Politics of Race and Diaspora;
Urbanisation in Developing Countries.

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Coursework and examinations. The final-year independent literature review or research project is assessed purely by project work.

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