GEOU7EE: Geography Review Essay

CO-ORDINATOR: Dr Bob McCulloch
CONTRIBUTOR: Dr Eileen Tisdall

This is a core 10 SCQF credit module for students on the BSc (Hons) Environmental Geography programme.  The review essay is an opportunity for a student to explore the published academic literature on a subject of his or her choice.  The current developments at the cutting edge of research can be critically analysed and the state of our knowledge and understanding evaluated.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Access a wide range of academic sources of peer reviewed literature related to the topic of their choice;
  • Review the literature relevant to the topic and identify key developments in the chosen field within environmental geography;
  • Critically evaluate the contribution of leading researchers to our understanding of the chosen topic and the position of current research.
  • Paraphrase, synthesise, and construct and structured argument from published sources.

The review essay is to be 3,000 words (not including figures, tables and references).  The essay is to be in the form of a journal article, including an abstract (see Scottish Geographical Journal for suggested layout and structure).

The review essay must follow the Harvard system of referencing.  It is NOT to include a Bibliography.  All references cited in the text must be in the reference list.  All references in the reference list must be cited in the text.  References should be from books and peer reviewed sources.  Internet references should be avoided unless absolutely essential to the structure of the essay (PDF sources are acceptable because they are digital versions of a published document).

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