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Geography

Geography can be taken as part of the MIC Arts Degree as a joint honours combination.

About you
You enjoy learning about places and the relationships between people and their environments. You have an interest in people, societies, economies, cultures and the environment. You are curious about how different cultures interact with the natural environment and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. You are interested in how the world works, and want to understand where things are found, why they are there and how they develop and change over time. You are keen to learn and develop a wide range of skills.

Why study Geography at MIC?
Geography is concerned with both the natural and the cultural environments created on the earth’s surface and with the inter-relationships between them. It has links with a wide range of other disciplines, and provides a framework for understanding the increasingly complex and interdependent world in which we live. Because it is inherently interdisciplinary, Geography helps to develop a wide range of talents. It fosters an ability to synthesise diverse bodies of knowledge, and to think critically about complex processes. In addition, students taking Geography acquire specialist skills in the numerical and graphical analysis of information, including computer data analysis and mapping, which are increasingly in demand in our knowledge economy.

What you will study
The Geography programme includes modules in both physical and human geography. In physical geography, we aim to provide students with a sound understanding of the processes at work in the natural world, and of environmental changes in both past and present times. The human geography programme includes modules on historical, economic, political and social geography, and deals with contemporary issues that range in scale from the global to the local, including globalisation and its geographical impacts, geo-political conflict, economic restructuring and dislocation, urbanisation, and the challenges of sustainable development.

A balanced approach to instruction and assessment is adopted. As well as lecture courses, learning is fostered through laboratory work (part of which is computer-based), tutorials, seminars, and group work. There is a strong emphasis on fieldwork, and approximately half of all modules incorporate one or more field trips. These range from short, half-day trips to nearby locations, to longer residential fieldtrips in more distant places. Students wishing to be registered with the Teaching Council as post-primary geography teachers are advised to discuss module selection with their academic advisor.

Career Opportunities
• Urban and regional planning
• Tourism
• Heritage organisations
• Environmental research and consultancy
• Environmental management
• Economic and social research and consultancy
• Local development organisations
• Geomatics and surveying
• Teaching (Professional Master of Education required)
• Civil service
• Academic research

Follow-on study opportunities include:
• MA/PhD Research

Additional information
Prof. Desmond McCafferty
Head of Department
T: +353 61 204317
E: des.mccafferty@mic.ul.ie

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