Course: Practical Human Geographies

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Course title Practical Human Geographies
Course code KGE/PHG
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Drápela Emil, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Current issues, approaches and possibilities of human geography. 2. Official data sources. 3. Unofficial data sources. 4. Imaginative datasources . 5. Questionary and interview. 6. Participant observation, ethnographic approaches in human geography / intersection of human geography and ethnography. 7. Politics of practical human geography.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing), Dialogue metods(conversation,discussion,brainstorming), Self-study (text study, reading, problematic tasks, practical tasks, experiments, research, written assignments)
  • Class attendance - 28 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 7 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 7 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 28 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course builds on previous work experience of the Department of Geography in the design of teaching human geography within cooperation among actors from government, nonprofit, business and civil sector in the Liberecký kraj region (NUTS 3). It is based on the current theories and approaches in the Anglo-American human geographies applied to current local issues within the Liberecký kraj region. The key competencies developed within the course are understanding and contextualization of socially constructed spatiality, primary data construction and critical review of relevant secondary data sources and their interpretation within the processed semester projects linked to resolving the current local needs / issues of interest in the position of geographer.
Students will be able to use a wide variety of scientific research methods, will be able to assess which methods are most appropriate study of the problem, and will have initial experience with their implementation.
Completion of basic courses on human geography.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student's performance analysis, Systematické pozorování studenta, Oral presentation of self-study

Ongoing systematic work on a semester project based on lectures and self-study of recommended reading. Successful defense of a project developed by fieldwork, demonstrating knowledge and application of theoretical methods and approaches based on recommended literature within the semester project.
Recommended literature
  • Clifford, N. J., Valentine, G. Key methods in geography. London: Sage, 2003. ISBN 0-7619-7491-1.
  • Cloke, P. et el. Practising human geography. London: Sage, 2004. ISBN 0-7619-7300-1.
  • Hay, I. Qualitative research methods in human geography. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 3rd ed., 2010. ISBN 978-0-19-543015-8.
  • Hendl, J. Kvalitativní výzkum. Základní metody a aplikace. Praha: Portál 2005. (ISBN 80-7367-040-2).
  • Lindsay, J. M. Techniques in human geography. London: Routledge, 1997. ISBN 0-415-15476-6.
  • Reichel, J. Kapitoly metodologie sociálních výzkumů. Praha: Grada, 2009. ISBN 978-80-247-3006-6.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science, Humanities and Education Applied Geography (17) Geography courses 2 Summer