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insight4me Geography: Curriculum Insights with University of Glasgow & University of East Anglia

11th June 2019 @ 14:15 - 15:15




insight4me is a series of subject specific webinars for current Year 12 students. The sessions support students’ current studies by giving an insight into particular curriculum areas whilst affording students the opportunity to talk to different universities and make informed comparisons about how, this case, Geography is taught.

In this insight4me Geography webinar for schools and colleges, two universities, including UEA and University of Glasgow, will each have roughly 30 minutes to deliver a punchy, topic based ‘micro’ talk. The universities have the freedom to choose their own topic, a topic that links to the A Level curriculum, and use the time to convey the key points for the Year 12 students. Through the discussion, the universities are encouraged to provide an insight into the teaching and learning experience of this topic at university, and compare and contrast how other subject areas across the Geography spectrum might be treated. Students will gain an insight into how these subjects continue beyond the A-level curriculum.

By hearing from 2 unis, students will also appreciate how the further study of Geography can vary between institutions, contributing to the depth of their HE research and assisting informed decision making.

The university talks will be cover:

University of Glasgow: Dr Emma Laurie, Lecturer in Geography, will introduce case studies on the Geopolitics of Migration and the Geopolitics of Disease. Geopolitics is the study of the the effects of human and physical geography on politics and international relations. There are therefore a wide range of issues that geographers can study from a geopolitical perspective. This talk will provide you with two examples of work geographers at the University of Glasgow are carrying out: the geopolitics of migration; and the geopolitics of disease.

University of East Anglia: Dr John Mcdonagh, Senior Lecturer in the Natural Resources and Environment sector of the School of International Development, will be discussing Geographies of Food. Food networks and supply chains are globalized as never before. Whether we are interested in production, consumption, diet or waste, a combined geographical and development perspective enhances our understanding of food systems and food security.

Students will have the chance to question each speaker and/or offer their own ideas.

This will be a dynamic, fast paced event with the universities cycling between 2 different virtual rooms. The universities will decide how to manage the time but a rough guide would be a 20 minute talk followed by questions from the schools.

Suitable for: Year 12 students studying, or with a possible interest in studying, Geography. This will also be relevant to Politics students.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topics and discuss some of the key elements in advance. Students can also think about questions they have about studying Geography at university level.

The IT Setup: The setup is similar to Skype, using a pc and webcam, although students take part as a group with the image projected on a whiteboard rather than as individuals in front of lots of pcs. Dedicated videoconferencing equipment is also compatible if available to the school. Further details are here: Connecting in to a Channel Talent Event (Please Click)

We will work with your IT department to ensure everything is set up and working prior to the event. The sessions are generally limited to 3 to 5 schools to maintain the interactive nature of the experience. In this event there will be three groups of schools taking part increasing the opportunity to participate.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you have a group of students that you would like to take part in this event, please click here 

Subject to availability we will book a place for you.


11th June 2019
14:15 - 15:15
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