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Junior Sophister (3rd Year) Modules
Students can get their Module Enrolment form signed by Mark Hennessy, ext 1881, in Room 1.6 in the Museum Building.
Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

(GG3015 Globalisation)

(5 ECTS credits) Semester 2 NA 1.5 hour examination (50%) Answer 2Q/6; Essay (50%) Lectures = 18hrs; Tutorials = 3hrs); Professor Padraig Carmody (


This module examines the impacts of globalisation in both the developed and developing world. Particular emphasis is placed the role of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, the implications of the rise of China and its international relations in the developing world, "shadow globalisation" - human, arms and drug trafficking and resistance to the process through social movements.

The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, and tutorial discussions. Attendance at the tutorials is an integral part of the module. Rather than being a revision exercise, the aim of the tutorials is to elicit a broader understanding of the issues involved by drawing out the social and policy implications of the content of the lectures.

Students taking this module will be expected to have undertaken reading in depth prior to each tutorial.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Analyse the relationships between economic forces, spatial development and the role of the state at different scales of analysis in the developed and developing worlds;
  • Judge and critique different perspectives on the nature of the globalisation;
  • Comprehend and critique the influence of organisations such as the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and International Non-Governmental Organisations;
  • Apprehend the construction and interaction between ethnicity, conflict and terrorism; regionalisation and globalisation;
  • Discuss critically the relationship between different types of globalisation "from above" and "below";
  • Critically evaluate alternatives to globalisation.
Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

(GG3028 Advanced Research Methods in Geography I)

(5 ECTS credits) Semester 2 NA Course work (100%) Lectures = 12hrs Professor Gayle McGlynn (


The objective of this module is to develop further the research skills of students, in order that they will be well-equipped to plan and carry out their dissertation investigation, which will start towards the end of the JS year. The module focuses on approaches to solving geographic problems, although topics such as ethics, integrity, professionalism, philosophy, research project design, and presentation skills are also covered. In addition to classes, students on this module are also expected to attend research seminars in the School, and more broadly in College, in particular (although not exclusively) those of relevance to Geography.

The assessment for this module comprises several components, including student presentations in class, short critical reviews of key research articles relating to Geography, and dissertation proposal.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Develop a research plan for a Geography dissertation;
  • Communicate geographic ideas and results effectively in written and oral form;
  • Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of complementary and competing methodological approaches and research techniques commonly used by geographers;
  • Develop a basis for informed opinions about the important intellectual and methodological debates in Geography.
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(GG3030 Environmental Governance I)

(10 ECTS credits) Semester 2 NA 2 hour examination (50%) answer 2Q/5; coursework (50%) Lectures = 20 hours Professor Patrick Bresnihan (


How are we more aware of the environment than ever before and yet environmental problems seem to multiply and intensify? What is it about dominant ways of thinking about and organizing society and the environment that makes sustainable development so hard to achieve? How can we change this situation and where are these changes already taking place?

This module will introduce students to the emergence of environmental governance as a unique field of policy-making and social mobilization since the 1950s. It will discuss key texts, writers and thinkers whose work has been instrumental in shaping how we think about the environment, as well as the how private, public and civil society actors have responded to environmental problems in recent times.

The module will be organized around three key themes: food, water and energy. These are key commercial and strategic sectors and thus provide valuable insight into the overlap between competing political, economic and environmental concerns. Through close examination students will learn about the changing roles of national governments, private companies, supranational organizations (EU, World Bank, UN), environmental justice movements, NGOs, and communities within the field of environmental governance.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Discuss the historical emergence of the 'environment' as a key area of policy-making and societal concern;
  • Identify the key dynamics, governance frameworks, and questions shaping the past, present and future of the food, water and energy sectors.
  • Discuss the changing roles of the public and private sectors in the management of environmental problems;
  • Critically debate the nature and impact of different policy instruments for managing the environment at local, national and global scales;
  • Critically analyse and reflect on information provided by variety of sources including academic papers, print and TV media and internet material covered during the module.
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(GG3033 Geographical Information: Data and Tools)

(5 ECTS credits) Semester 2 NA Course work (100%) Lectures & Practicals = 20hrs) Professor Martin Sokol (


This module explores how to identify, create and use geographic data and tools. The object of the module is to teach students about how data is constructed, used, found, and manipulated by geographic researchers. The module will enable students to: interpret maps; find and evaluate data; organise, manipulate and analyse data in statistical packages and GIS; create projects and maps using GIS; indentify how geographic data construction and analysis differs from typical quantitative approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Explain the concepts and theories that underpin GIS and outline their application to the real world;
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of an industry standard GIS software package;
  • Apply GIS technologies in problem-solving;
  • Design, implement and present the results from a project that makes use of GIS technologies.
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(GG3037 Urban Structure and Regeneration)

(5 ECTS credits) Semester 1 NA To be confirmed. NA Professor Cian O'Callaghan


The study of cities is crucial to understanding contemporary society, given that we live now live in a majority urban world. This module introduces to some key themes, concepts, and debates in urban geography. The module first considers the historic development of urbanisation, the transition to urban-based economies, and the development of urban studies. It then focusses specifically on the urban impacts of globalisation, in particular how cities in the developed world have managed the shift from industrialism to post-industrialism.

Learning Outcomes:

This module will:

  • provide students with a thorough understanding of the processes underlying changing urban economic form and the concurrent shift in the cultural life of cities
  • examine the varied character of urban regeneration policies, their function and effectiveness with 'regeneration' as a central theme. Particular attention will be given to the circular nature of processes of urban growth and decline and how regeneration efforts include and exclude particular social groups and identities.
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(GG3038 Exploring the sustainable city)

(5 ECTS credits) Semester 1 NA 2 hour examination (50%) answer 2Q/6 + coursework (50%). Lectures + seminars 22 hours); Professor Federico Cugurullo


What will the city of the future look like? To what extent are our models of city-making sustainable? Is the road that we are taking leading us towards an environmental utopia in which societies will grow in balance with nature, or are we paving the way for the collapse of our civilization?

These are the key questions that will drive our exploration of the different ways through which, today, sustainable urban development is understood and practiced across the world.

In this highly interdisciplinary module, we are going to use the tools of geography to examine the most critical socio-environmental issues faced by cities (climate change, consumption, happiness, environmental degradation, etc.), and discuss both the theory and practice of urban sustainability.

Using case studies from different continents, we will explore projects for eco-cities and smart cities, and evaluate their sustainability performance. We will also draw upon urban history and political philosophy to learn how the ideal city was imagined in past, and use this knowledge to foresee what urban futures alleged smart-eco cities are shaping.

Each session will be designed to stimulate interaction and will require curiosity and imagination. This module is more than a review of how urban sustainability is understood and practiced, and you will be asked to design, present and discuss practical plans of action to sustain urban living in the 21st century and beyond.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key debates relating to theories and practices of sustainable urban development
  • Show understanding of the different meanings of urban sustainability across geographical spaces
  • Undertake analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of knowledge in relation to contemporary urban challenges
  • Critically evaluate urban agendas from a sustainability perspective
  • Design and evaluate strategies for sustainable urban development.
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(GG3055 Deserts of our Solar System)

(10 ECTS credits) Semester 1 GG2024 Continuous Assessment [100%] Lectures (34 hrs); Professor Mary Bourke (



Places on this module are limited to 30. In the case of oversubscription, places will be allocated on the basis of student performance in GG2024


Planetary geomorphology is the frontier field ofPhysical Geography. This module explores the desert landforms of our solar system. It focuses on the arid environments of Earth and Mars. Using the latest data from NASA and ESA we will explore how landforms and geomorphic processes vary under different atmospheric, gravity and temperature regimes. You will be introduced to geomorphic features that are not found on Earth. We will investigate how geomorphologists use landforms on Earth to understand those on other solar system bodies.

Learning outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will:

  • Have gained a basic knowledge of the desert geomorphology on Earth and Mars
  • Understand how and why landforms vary across our solar system
  • Know how field and experimental studies are used in Planetary Geomorphology
  • Be competent in analysis of planetary landforms using a GIS platform
  • Be familiar with the latest findings from Lander and Orbiter missions
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(GG3056 History & Philosophy of Geography)

(5 ECTS credits) Semester 1 NA 1 1/2 hour examination (50%) Answer 2Q/6; Coursework (50%) Contact Module Co-ordinator. Professor Mark Hennessy (


This module, which is restricted to and compulsory for JS Geography students, presents an overview of the development of the discipline of Geography from classical Greece through to contemporary developments. Throughout the focus is on how changes in the practice of geography are related to broader social, cultural and political contexts. A number of key topics are examined in detail.

  • I. The classical world. 1. Hecataeus, Eratosthenes and the early Greek geographers. 2. Ptolemey, Strabo, Pliny the Elder and other geographers from the period of the Roman empire.
  • II. Geography in the age of Victorian exploration. The relationship between empire and geography is a key theme in this section.
  • III. French Geography in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The contrasting ideological context of the Vidalian school and the work of Elisee Recus is considered. The influence of German geographers such as Von Humboldt, Ritter and Ratzel on this tradition is also dealt with.
  • IV. The "Quantitative Revolution". Developments in geography in the late 1950s, '60s and '70s are examined and are contrasted with Hartshorne's earlier outline of the scope and methods of geography.
  • V. Feminism and Geography. The influence of Feminist perspectives on research and writing in geography is traced and set within the wider context of the introduction of radical and anti-systemic ideologies to the practice of geography.
  • VI. Postmodernism and Geography. This section explores how the philosophical, methodological and ideological innovations associated with Postmodernism have influenced the practice of geography.

Teaching on the module is by lectures and class discussions. For some classes students will carry out prescribed preparation that forms the basis of class discussion facilitated by the lecturer.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Have gained a knowledge of how the discipline of Geography has changed from Classical times to the present;
  • Have a critical awareness of how intellectual and disciplinary change is related to broader patterns of historical change in Geography;
  • Know how praxis is related to social, cultural and political contexts.
Module Code & Name ECTs credits Duration and semester Prerequisite Subjects Assessment Contact Hours Contact Details

(GG3475 Glacial Geomorphology)

(10 ECTS credits) Semester 1 NA Contact Module Co-ordinator. Professor Mark Hennessy (