Faculty Faculty of Science and Medicine Domain Geography Code UE-SGG.00471 Languages English Type of lesson Lecture
Level Master Semester SP-2021
Schedules and rooms
Summary schedule Wednesday 13:15 - 15:00, Hebdomadaire
Struct. of the schedule 2 h par semaine durant 14 semaines Contact's hours 28
Responsibles Teachers Description
This seminar builds on three elements: theoretical debates, academic writing and peer-reviewing. Each student will spend the semester writing an essay on a theme of her/his choice. Students will also have the opportunity to peer-review each other's essays and integrate feedback and comments into their writing. The goal of the seminar is to practice writing, analytical skills, peer-reviewing, and giving and integrating critical-constructive feedback.
Each student chooses a theme that has to speak to new approaches in human geography, such as, but not limited to, the following examples: Decolonization and coloniality; Governmentality and biopower; Feminist geography; Animal/more-than-human geography; Socio-ecological transitions; Capitalism and socioecological fix; Global supply chains, power and justice; Financialization.
Each student chooses a theme from above or suggests an alternative which is closer to her ongoing or planned MSc thesis project. The essay should build on a state-of-the-art bibliography to introduce key theoretical debates, put main debate protagonists and positions (across different epistemes, historical periods or geographical contexts) in conversations with each other, highlight how the student's MSc project intends to draw on these debates and engage with them, and suggest research problems and questions with relevance to the MSc project.
Through peer-reviewing, each student gets the opportunity to learn about other themes in human geography. Since we do not have a shared set of literature that everyone will have to read, the challenge for essay authors will be to express themselves as clear as possible assuming that they are the only ones familiar with the underlying literature. The challenge for peer-reviewers will be to identify conceptual, analytical, or stylistic issues with a text – even though they may be entirely unfamiliar with the underlying literature - and raise relevant questions to help the author to improve the text.
!!!! for the detailed weekly schedule of the seminar, please sign up to the course through moodle: SGG.00471 New Approaches in Human Geography [SP 21] (no password is needed)
Critical reading and academic writing
Logic, argumentation, critical reflection and communication.
Synthesizing debates, identify key concepts, epistemological approaches and analytics
Identifying and highlighting research problems and key questions
Giving and receiving constructive and critical feedback
Integrating feedback into writing
- - - - Requirement for students from other Swiss universities - - - -
The participation to the course and the registration for the exam are conditional to the enrollment as BENEFRI or guest students. At the beginning of the semester at latest :
- Students from the universities of Bern and Neuchâtel (BENEFRI) are invited to follow the steps of the procedure described on https://www3.unifr.ch/studies/fr/admission/admission-etudiant-hote/programme-benefri.html in order to be identified as BENEFRI students.
- Students from other Swiss universities are invited to follow the procedure described on https://www3.unifr.ch/studies/fr/admission/admission-etudiant-hote/hote-complementaire.html in order to be enrolled as guest students.
Below is some information concerning the registration to exams. Please be aware that registration to exams is mandatory and does not automatically happen if you are registered to a class:
Softskills Yes Off field Yes BeNeFri Yes Mobility Yes UniPop No Auditor Yes
Dates and rooms
Date Hour Type of lesson Place 24.02.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 03.03.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 10.03.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 17.03.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 24.03.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 31.03.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 14.04.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 21.04.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 28.04.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 05.05.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 12.05.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 19.05.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 26.05.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours 02.06.2021 13:15 - 15:00 Cours
Assessments methods By rating Descriptions of Exams Project
Valid for the following curricula: Additional Courses in Sciences
Paquet indépendant des branches > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)
Additional TDHSE programme in Geography
Additional TDHSE Programme Requirements for Geographie 60 or +30 > Programmes 60 or +30 > Additional Programme Requirements to Geography +30 > Additional TDHSE programme for Geography +30 (from AS2018 on)
Additional programme requirements for PhD studies (Faculty of Science) [PRE-DOC]
Additional programme requirements for PhD studies (Faculty of Science and Medicine) > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)
Geography +30 [MA] 30
Minor in Geography +30 (GEOG+30 for 90 ECTS) > Geography, Minor +30 [MA], option human geography (from AS2020 on)
Geography [3e cycle]
Supplement to doctoral studies in Geography > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)
Geosciences [3e cycle]
Supplement to doctoral studies in Geosciences > Specialized courses in geography (Master level)
MSc-GG - Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology [MA] 120
MSc in Geography, Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology, elective lectures and seminars (from AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, supporting courses for the option DGG (from AS2018 on)
MSc-GG - Nature, Society and Politics [MA] 120
MSc in Geography, Nature, Society and Politics, compulsory lectures and seminars (from AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, social science module, compulsory courses (from AS2018 on)
sp-MSc-GG - Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology [MA] 120
sp. MSc in Geography, Dynamics in Glaciology and Geomorphology, elective lectures and seminars (frmo AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, supporting courses for the option DGG (from AS2018 on)
sp-MSc-GG - Nature, Society and Politics [MA] 120
sp. MSc in Geography, Nature, Society and Politics, compulsory lectures and seminars (from AS2020 on) > MSc in Geography, social science module, compulsory courses (from AS2018 on)