Fieldwork and Practical Learning
In the Department of Geography, our students are taught through a range of teaching methods including practical teaching of analytical skills through field and laboratory classes. The opportunity to undertake projects and fieldwork provides students with the chance to apply their geographical knowledge in real-world settings, and put theory into practice. Extensive projects and fieldwork in the UK and overseas supports the development of our student's core skills in gathering, collating, and analysing data. Fieldwork destinations have previously included the Lincolnshire coast and Crete, Greece.
During the first year of our undergraduate programmes students undertake a field week focused on the theme of “A Sustainable Lincolnshire”. Three environments from the local area are studied including the urban environments of Lincoln and Skegness, the rural environments at Horncastle and the Fens, and the coastal environment at Gibraltar point.
In the Climatology and Quaternary Science module, BSc Geography students learn how to interpret past environmental change. In previous years, a field trip to Crowle Moor, Lincolnshire has taught students how to sample natural archives using this peatland as an example. Students can participate in sample and data collection.
During the “Hazards and Society” module, second year undergraduate students undertake a field excursion to learn skills and data collection techniques across the spectrum of geography. In previous years, students visited Crete for a week to explore the diverse geographies and histories of environmental hazards in the north and south of the island.
Third year undergraduates have previously visited central and southern Chile as part of the optional Overseas Fieldwork module. In keeping with the integrated themes of our programmes, students have explored human and physical geographies relating to urban inequalities and gentrification, glacial environments, mining, extractivism, and geoheritage.