Human geography is a dynamic and exciting component of geography focusing on the ways human activities and processes influence and are influenced by space and place, both locally and globally. This course explores complex, uneven, and sometimes unjust political, economic, social and cultural geographies in order to better understand and respond to the flux of the world around us. This knowledge and understanding you gain is both theoretical and practical, and addresses many of the most urgent issues of our contemporary society. You gain a range of highly desirable core and transferable skills which are relevant to UK and overseas employers. Key areas include • political and economic geography • social and cultural geography • the geographies of urbanisation and the anthropocene • geographical information systems (GIS) • theoretical approaches to space and place • the geographies of power, imperialism and resistance • development challenges in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia • globalisation and alter-globalisation movements. In your first year, you gain a foundaton to studying university-level human geography, including • approaches to studying human geography • key concepts in the social sciences • geographies of the city • sustainability and development debates. To reflect your individual interests, you tailor your studies by choosing from a range of optional modules. These include various academic aspects of human geography and also more applied and vocational modules in the areas of planning, regeneration, the environment, and GIS. **Learn using case studies** You work on case studies and respond to questions that are relevant to academic and policy-making communities, and we encourage you to draw on your own personal experiences. You also use specialist examples, such as residential and transportation issues within the context of urban and rural regeneration and sustainability. **Fieldwork in the UK and overseas** There is a strong emphasis on the importance of developing your skills 'in the field’, and gaining valuable first-hand experiences. You take part in a substantial amount of UK-based fieldwork, which includes local activities as well as a week-long residential trip outside Sheffield. Overseas residential field courses also form an integral part of the course, such as a week in Berlin. **Work placements and overseas study** You have the option to complete a work placement or study abroad for up to one year. This may involve working with private companies or government and voluntary organisations in the UK or Europe. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. It’s a great opportunity to focus on a career path and gain the skills, knowledge and experience to find a job after you graduate. Sheffield Hallam University has Erasmus and international study exchange agreements with over 100 institutions in 25 different countries. Current exchange locations include • Prague, Czech Republic • Linköping, Sweden • Paris, France • Neuchatel, Switzerland • Georgia, USA • Ontario, Canada • Victoria, Australia. **Study a foreign language** You can choose to study a foreign language throughout your degree which, combined with the international fieldwork and the opportunities for overseas study and placements, enhances your employability.