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    Hi everyone,

    My name is Josh and I'm currently in my third year studying BSc Geography at Lancaster. I have also studied some Environmental Science modules throughout my degree, including in first year when I chose it as my minor subject.

    If you have any questions about the department, Geography/Environmental Science courses at Lancaster or about your offer, please feel free to post them in this discussion.

    Looking forward to being able to help you with any questions you have!
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    Hi Josh,

    In the first year where are most of the lectures held?
    How many contact hours did you have a week in the first year?
    Other than lectures how else have you been taught the degree so far?
    Are the modules generally interesting and well taught and is there any you would recommend?
    Sorry for all of the questions

    Lorna
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    (Original post by 11camerl22)
    Hi Josh,

    In the first year where are most of the lectures held?
    How many contact hours did you have a week in the first year?
    Other than lectures how else have you been taught the degree so far?
    Are the modules generally interesting and well taught and is there any you would recommend?
    Sorry for all of the questions

    Lorna
    Hi Lorna,

    It's not a lot of questions at all, it's good to be able to help you.

    In the first year where are most of the lectures held?
    There are no specific lecture theatres for Geography students so lectures happen in any of the many lecture theatres on campus. However, because there's generally a lot of people in core first year geography modules, they tend to happen in the larger lecture theatres on campus (e.g. Faraday lecture theatre, County South LT etc.). All of the accommodation is relatively close to lecture theatres and it doesn't take long to get to them from wherever you are on campus. I've attached a link to the campus map which shows where these lecture theatres are on campus (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/media/lan...campus-map.pdf)

    How many contact hours did you have a week in the first year?
    As you probably know, at University there is a greater focus on self-guided work compared to school/college. That said, the University says that you can expect around 15 hours of contact-time each week in first year, which is a mix of activities for both your major and minor subjects. A sample timetable for Geography students can be found here (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/under...phy/timetable/)

    From personal experience, I found that it very much depended on whether you did BSc/BA Geography/BSc Physical Geography (which generally had at least one laboratory sessions per week) or BA Human Geography (which doesn't have laboratory sessions). It also depends on the minor subject you chose as to how intense contact time is for those modules. However, there's still plenty of time to relax, socialise with friends or do extra work!

    Other than lectures, how else have you been taught the degree so far?
    So far, my degree has been delivered in a range of ways. The majority of the timetabled events are lectures (generally 50 minutes long). However, there are also seminars/tutorials which are smaller groups, generally less than 20 students, where a specific theme/topic is discussed between students and academics. There are also workshops, in which you answer questions with the support of academics. It very much depends on the modules you are doing because each one has a mixture of different teaching styles.

    If you chose a geography degree which includes physical aspects, you can expect laboratory sessions in which you get to develop a range of skills and knowledge. I think one of the best bits of the degree is the ability to go on fieldtrips, especially because of the location of the University being close to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Fylde coast. There are also fieldtrips to places overseas, including Spain, Iceland and New York (A link to the some of the fieldtrips is available here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/under...phy/fieldwork/)

    Are the modules generally interesting and well taught and is there any you would recommend?
    Yes, I think the modules are really interesting! Especially in first year because you get to learn a range of knowledge relating to the environment and society. All of the lecturers are current researchers so they often bring in their research into their teaching, which is really good because you get to put the knowledge you learn into real-life situations.

    In first year, a lot of the modules are compulsory but you have the option to chose one module. From personal experience, the choice of this module depends on where your interests lie so it is difficult for me to recommend modules! In second and third year, there is a lot more flexibility to choose modules which reflect your interests. Saying this, I found that first year modules were really good because they opened my eyes to the various topics which are available to study!

    Apologies for the really long response, hopefully I have answered all of your questions. If not, or you have any more questions, please feel free to post again!

    Josh
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    (Original post by JoshF_Lancaster)
    Hi Lorna,

    It's not a lot of questions at all, it's good to be able to help you.

    In the first year where are most of the lectures held?
    There are no specific lecture theatres for Geography students so lectures happen in any of the many lecture theatres on campus. However, because there's generally a lot of people in core first year geography modules, they tend to happen in the larger lecture theatres on campus (e.g. Faraday lecture theatre, County South LT etc.). All of the accommodation is relatively close to lecture theatres and it doesn't take long to get to them from wherever you are on campus. I've attached a link to the campus map which shows where these lecture theatres are on campus (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/media/lan...campus-map.pdf)

    How many contact hours did you have a week in the first year?
    As you probably know, at University there is a greater focus on self-guided work compared to school/college. That said, the University says that you can expect around 15 hours of contact-time each week in first year, which is a mix of activities for both your major and minor subjects. A sample timetable for Geography students can be found here (http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/under...phy/timetable/)

    From personal experience, I found that it very much depended on whether you did BSc/BA Geography/BSc Physical Geography (which generally had at least one laboratory sessions per week) or BA Human Geography (which doesn't have laboratory sessions). It also depends on the minor subject you chose as to how intense contact time is for those modules. However, there's still plenty of time to relax, socialise with friends or do extra work!

    Other than lectures, how else have you been taught the degree so far?
    So far, my degree has been delivered in a range of ways. The majority of the timetabled events are lectures (generally 50 minutes long). However, there are also seminars/tutorials which are smaller groups, generally less than 20 students, where a specific theme/topic is discussed between students and academics. There are also workshops, in which you answer questions with the support of academics. It very much depends on the modules you are doing because each one has a mixture of different teaching styles.

    If you chose a geography degree which includes physical aspects, you can expect laboratory sessions in which you get to develop a range of skills and knowledge. I think one of the best bits of the degree is the ability to go on fieldtrips, especially because of the location of the University being close to the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Fylde coast. There are also fieldtrips to places overseas, including Spain, Iceland and New York (A link to the some of the fieldtrips is available here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lec/under...phy/fieldwork/)

    Are the modules generally interesting and well taught and is there any you would recommend?
    Yes, I think the modules are really interesting! Especially in first year because you get to learn a range of knowledge relating to the environment and society. All of the lecturers are current researchers so they often bring in their research into their teaching, which is really good because you get to put the knowledge you learn into real-life situations.

    In first year, a lot of the modules are compulsory but you have the option to chose one module. From personal experience, the choice of this module depends on where your interests lie so it is difficult for me to recommend modules! In second and third year, there is a lot more flexibility to choose modules which reflect your interests. Saying this, I found that first year modules were really good because they opened my eyes to the various topics which are available to study!

    Apologies for the really long response, hopefully I have answered all of your questions. If not, or you have any more questions, please feel free to post again!

    Josh

    Thank you!
 
 
 

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