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The Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences includes staff with interests in biological sciences, conservation, ecology, environmental sciences, environmental statistics, geography and waste management. We offer a range of degree programmes and have a number of postgraduate research students. For more information about studying with us please visit http://www.northampton.ac.uk/.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Students give the classes

Second year Geography students have taken on the role of teaching staff!  They have prepared and delivered seminar classes to their peers as part of the USA Field Module.  The module comprises a series of seminars, followed by a two-week trip to SW USA.

To help the students gain a better understanding of the places and issues that will be explored in the field, the lecturers asked them to prepare some classes.  Guidance and support was provided by the lecturers to ensure that appropriate research and preparation was carried out, but students were given the freedom to determine how the materials should be presented.  Topics covered included: the geology of the Colorado Plateau; stratigraphy at the Grand Canyon, volcanism in SW USA; film-making at Monument Valley; the Navajo Nation; geotourism in Utah, and resource management in national parks.  The classes took many forms, making use of lectures, videos, handouts, and even a ‘Pointless’ quiz.

Students will be visiting the Grand Canyon.

Tourism related to film-making at Monument Valley will also be explored during the trip.

Students will visit a number of National Parks, including this one - Bryce Canyon.

The field trip will take place in May.  This optional module (available to both Single Honours and Joint Honours Geography students) explores tourism, physical geography and resource management in SW USA.  This ‘road trip’ covers parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, and includes visits to five National Parks, the Navajo Nation, and Las Vegas.

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