Having started normal uni once again, I thought it would be good to share an update on my new modules and other happenings this term. So first off, we have a very curious physical geography module called Glacial Worlds. When I first heard this, I presumed it would be about glaciers and other glacial features, however it has turned out to be a module on paleoenvironmental change – i.e. ‘the nature and causes of climate in the geological past’. As I have an interest in climate change, this module sounds a lot more interesting to me than I first thought and will be useful when studying the sister module next year, which takes the topic into much more detail.
The second module this term is Geographical Information Science, in other words, analysis of spatial data using a range of software and the related technology remote sensing. So far this has built partly on what we learnt last year and has proven to be invaluable for analysing geographic data – and hopefully useful for our dissertations!
Speaking of dissertations, the third module is our overseas field course module – geographical research design. As part of our field trip to Almeria, we will learn vital fieldwork and research techniques that we can use for our dissertation. I am really looking forward to the field trip, in only a couple weeks time, since I hope that it will inspire me to find a topic to study that I am really interested in – not to mention its Spain!
Our final new module is called Workplace Geographies, and I am so grateful for this module because very few Univeristy’s offer it. In this we will learn the key skills, techniques and get practice for applying for jobs after Uni, interviews and assessment centres. Not only this but the Career Development Service also gives a lot of support to get us moving on our Career journey, which I feel will so incredibly useful this term, in preparation for next year. There is also an academic side to this module, where we have begun to learn about the historical social, economic and political aspects of the job market and what to expect in the future.
With the Environmental Action Society we have already embarked upon a few new events, and many new ones are currently being organised which I am very excited for! In the spirit of new beginnings, we planted 100 trees the other day, including Oak, Hazel, Silver Birch and Crab Apple which will hopefully grow and blossom for many hundreds of years to come!