GEO386 Uganda Field Class

Uganda Field Class

Level 3
Credits 20
Availability Approved for BSc/MGeogSci Geography; BA Geography; BSc/MEnvSci Environmental Science; BA Geography & Planning
Semester Autumn

This module provides students with the opportunity to undertake a research-led module allowing them to develop and apply critical thinking and research skills in relation to understanding the geographies of the global south. The module develops research skills, understandings of theories of development and context-specific knowledge through lectures and practical experience during fieldwork projects. Fieldwork experience ensures student develop enhanced understandings of grass-roots development issues, and the interactions between local development challenges and international discourses and practices of development. Students will develop transferable skills in teamwork, research design and implementation, critical thinking and communication.


• To provide students with substantive knowledge and understanding of geographies of development (with emphasis placed on grass-roots perspectives).
• Enhance their transferable skills through in-depth, high quality field research in a developing country.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, a student will be able to demonstrate:
• A clear knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and debates in development geographies.
• An understanding of the importance of bottom-up, grassroots understandings of contemporary development issues.
• Both generic and more specific development-research focused fieldwork skills.
• Transferable skills including teamwork, communication, critical thinking and organisational attributes.

Outline Contents

• Critical development theories and approaches.
• Linking development theory to development research and practice.
• Understanding the local development context:
• Doing development research: working in impoverished communities; urban history and development;
• Markets, economics and livelihoods; partnering with CSOs and the WASH sector.

Delivery Methods Lectures (12hrs); Fieldwork (72hrs)
Learning Hours Scheduled: 84hrs; Independent: 116hrs
Assessment 3,000-word Report (75%); 1,000-word Essay (25%)
Feedback Students will receive feedback frequently during field work. Written feedback will be given on all assessment. Students are encouraged to seek feedback at every opportunity.
Module Leader Dr Dan Hammett

All students on all courses will be required to pay the full cost of attending the field class. Provisional cost: £1250 per person