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Research Applications in Human Geography, Delhi Field Trip Level 7


  • Credit value: 30 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Professor Melissa Butcher
  • Assessment: a 2000-word project preparation report (20%), a 2000-word fieldwork diary (20%) and a 4000-word research project report (60%)

Module description

The Delhi Field Trip will give you an opportunity to deepen your understanding of globalisation, cultural change, urbanisation and economic development, while also developing skills in the application of research methods in the field. Focusing on Delhi, you will have the opportunity to meet with academics and NGOs to learn about the impact of globalisation and development in practice, including urban planning, new global industries, the gendered impact of development and its environmental impacts.

Prior to the field trip, you will be prepared through lectures on the challenges and ethics of cross-cultural field work. You will also learn about the context of Delhi and India more broadly. You will have the opportunity to develop your own research project through independent study, guided by the module lecturer.

The estimated cost of the trip to Delhi is currently approximately £1300Read more about this and other field trips within the Department. The number of places available on the trip will be capped at 16, including a designated number of places for undergraduate and postgraduate students. Please note registration for this option will only commence in the first week of autumn term. Priority will be given to students studying on programmes in the Department of Geography, and the MSc Global Environmental Politics and Policy programme. A waiting list will operate once 16 places have been filled.

Due to conditions in Delhi, this field trip may not be accessible for all students. Please contact the module coordinator before registering if you would like to discuss this further.

Indicative module syllabus

  • The social and economic impacts of globalisation
  • Processes of cultural change, with a particular focus on gender
  • Urbanisation and economic development
  • Poverty and managing environmental change

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • apply and critique research methods in an international field study
  • analyse processes of globalisation and urbanisation using human geography concepts
  • demonstrate understanding of the impacts of economic development, including the contradictions and conflicts faced by different stakeholders
  • demonstrate understanding of the multiple perspectives and conflicts within development/urbanisation through meeting and discussing issues with stakeholders
  • display enhanced personal and organisational intercultural skills.