Stuga (Student Interest group ) - Geography

StugA Geography

You’re studying Geography and would like to actively take part in shaping affairs connected with your study program? There can be no better way than by joining your student governance committee, called Studiengangsauschuß in German – or StugA for short! Working on a voluntary basis, we represent Geography students’ interests in the University’s different bodies, especially in matters relating to teaching and administration. We also offer students a number of additional services – partly in cooperation with the University’s General Student Committee, or Allgemeiner Studierendenausschuss – AStA. Our regular weekly meeting takes place on Thursdays between one and two o’clock in Building GW2, room B2400. Why not look in sometime: We’d be happy to see you!

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Description of Studies

You can study Geography as a full-time major (as opposed to an option in teacher education) either as a Bachelor of Arts (B.A,), with a specialization in human geography, or in the science-oriented Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), with a specialization in physical geography. In the first two years, the courses in both programs are identical so it is possible to switch programs after the fourth semester.

You can also study Geography in combination with another subject. For instance, if you intend to pursue a non-school career you can take Geography as a profile-building specialty or as a complementary subject. A third possibility is to study Geography in the frame of a bachelor’s degree in teacher education. In this case, you should be aware that there are certain rules to observe when choosing your combination of subjects. Besides these options, students of the University of Oldenburg studying for a dual-subject degree can choose Geography in Bremen as a second subject. If you choose two subjects from the same subject grouping, there will need to be a departure from the foreseen study schedule (Geography belongs to subject grouping C). We recommend you seek advice on this by contacting the Study Program Coordinator. A dual-subject bachelor’s degree course is particularly suitable for an integrated course of study abroad (e.g. at one of our attractive partner universities in combination with a minor such as Franco Romance Studies, Spanish Language and Literature, English-Speaking Cultures).

After their fourth semester, students in both undergraduate programs (B.A. and B.Sc.) studying geography as a major or studying geography specialty courses are able to build individual profiles by choosing the elective modules offered by the field and in the area of General Studies.

For details of your study schedule see the study plans.

 

Module Descriptions of Compulsory and Elective Modules

In all Geography study programs, once you enter main studies, you are able to build individual profile by choosing elective modules. Please see our module descriptions for module contents and examination requirements.

General Studies and Internships

In the area of General Studies, students can choose courses both on subject-related topics as well as courses on transferrable skills. General Studies only form part of the curriculum in study programs with compulsory specialties. They account for 36 CP for major studies in geography and 18 CP as specialty subjects (in each case with an additional 15 CP for the careers-relevant modules GEO-B1 and B2). The courses in General Studies serve to train learning techniques and general key qualifications as well as to provide career orientation. The course offerings include topics such as scientific methods, literature search, foreign languages, writing, presentation and moderation techniques, project management, time management, media literacy, career-related studies: Internships, foreign language skills, careers orientation.

In the area of General Studies, students can also acquire CPs in neighboring fields. Depending on your major, we recommend taking courses and modules in the subject areas of health sciences, cultural studies, political science, sociology, economics and business studies, law, biology, chemistry, geosciences, information technology, or physics. The best thing would be for you to seek advice from the student advisors in the geography department or the respective neighboring subject areas as to which courses or modules would be right for you. At the moment there is only one such recommendation for our students and that is in the area of geosciences:

  • Recommended modules in the study program Geology as compulsory electives(minors) for the B.Sc. (external)

In the event the course leader does not allocate CPs, the studies coordinator in Geography will determine how many are due and enter them accordingly.

Internship

It is compulsory for all students on a geography major (B.A. und B.Sc.) and studying specialty courses to undertake an eight-week internship. The regulations on studies and internships foresee that this work experience should take place in the semester break following students’ fourth (or fifth) semester. The internship is in the frame of module GEO-B2 and carries 12 CP. In the course of their internship, students gather first-hand knowledge of the tasks geographers deal with in the practice, have an opportunity to apply some of the things they have already learned during their studies, and develop their own professional identity. This period of work experience also tests their aptitude for careers in the field of geography, raises motivation, fosters the introduction of practice-related issue areas in university studies, and contributes towards the development of key qualifications such as teamwork, communication and articulation skills, and promotes students’ powers of persuasion as well as their ability to work in a team. Students prepare for their internship in the module GEO-B1: “Career Orientation 1”. You can obtain quick answers to your questions and up-to-date information on available work placements by visiting the section “Praxisforum FB8” in StudIP. Be sure to have your proposed internship approved by the department’s Placements Officer before you actually start.

Evaluation and post-processing of your work experience takes place in the frame of a course offered every semester in module GEO-B2. You should register your colloquium presentation in in StudIP-Forum for the respective course in the semester following your work experience. At the latest on the date of your colloquium presentation, you must hand an internship report together with an internship certificate (Praktikumsschein) to the course leader. The report (which is not graded) must fulfill the requirements set down in information sheet on internships (Merkblatt zum Praktikumsbericht). Provided the requirements have been fulfilled, the Placements Officer signs the internship certificate and a digital version of the report is submitted in pdf format.

Contact Persons and Study Guidance

Do you have any questions concerning your study program? Feel free to contact the program coordinator, Michael Thiele. Questions in connection with modules should first be addressed to the person responsible for the module(s) in question. And for questions surrounding examination procedure and certificates, please contact the Central Examinations Office.

Aims and Description of Studies

Students acquire advanced knowledge of theories on urban and regional planning, subject-related methods of empirical research, and insights into the various requirements and challenges in respect of urban and regional planning in today’s modern society. Graduates understand how to identify the issue-areas facing urban and regional planning as well as how to assess such problems and apply scientific methods to resolve them. Students learn to reflect respective challenges theoretically and are familiar with the various research approaches and methods common to the field. They investigate possibilities for the development of urban and/or regional structures and learn how to present results in written form and verbally in different career-relevant situations. In the course of studies, they understand how to formulate alternative perspectives on urban and regional development and contribute such insights in later career situations or more advanced academic work – for example, in the frame of doctoral research. For students to acquire such competences, besides thematic focal points, a special emphasis is placed on acquiring a sound knowledge of relevant methods.

Compulsory and Compulsory Elective Modules

In our interdisciplinary master’s program combining the thematic areas of geography and sociology, experts from both disciplines train skill sets in the areas of theory, research and methods related to all aspects of urban and regional development. The compulsory elective modules are designed to train students’ capability for independent academic work in the chosen specialties.

See the module descriptions for details of the contents and competences encompassed:

Master’s Thesis

The fourth semester of the program is reserved for the master’s thesis. The master’s thesis is presented and discussed at a master’s colloquium lasting one hour, which all members of the University are entitled to attend. Students must register their thesis and colloquium using the forms supplied by the Central Examinations Office.

 

Examiners and assessors of the master’s thesis

At least one of the assessors must be a professor [currently lecturers are also accepted]; the second assessor may also be a member of the academic faculty (wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in). Both assessors must be members of the University of Bremen.

External assessors must have an academic qualification at least one step above the examination candidate (i.e. in the case of a bachelor’s thesis must possess a Diplom, a master’s degree, Magister or 1st State Examination). On request, external examiners must be approved by the examination committee.

The assessors of masters’ theses must have obtained their doctorate.

General Studies and Internship

The master’s program in urban and regional development offers possibilities for individual profile building and career orientation in the frame of curricular and extra-curricular compulsory electives (General Studies).

For example, students may choose to undertake an internship in the context of General Studies. Be sure to have both the proposed internship and a subsequent report approved by a member of teaching faculty and recorded on a special General Studies certificate.

Committees and Student Counseling

MEd

The Master of Education addresses graduates of 2-subject degrees obtained in the frame of teacher education, or holders of similar qualifications, requiring at least 180 credit points 180 CP.

Applicants wishing to enroll on the program who do not possess a 2-subject degree, one of them being geography, in the frame of teacher education at the University of Bremen can arrange an individual program with the student advisory service in the Geography Department. If you would like more information on this, please contact the Study Center for Teacher Education at the Uiversity of Bremen.

Students on the four-semester Master of Education program receive an advanced specialist education in modules drawn from their future teaching subjects as well as in educational sciences and subject didactics. In their second subject-related semester, they must undertake the obligatory in-school teaching internship. The “Master of Education” degree qualifies for admittance to teaching practice (Referendariat) in the same way as a conventional “First State Examination”.

Ph.D. Studies

Are you considering studying for a Ph.D.? You can do this at the University of Bremen either in the frame of a graduate school or as an individual doctoral researcher. Most doctoral candidates undertake their research project in the frame of a research assistant position. Details of vacant positions are advertised on the University homepage. Doctoral students of geography may be awarded either the title Dr. rer.nat or Dr. rer.pol. For more information, please contact ProUB, the  Graduate Center at the University of Bremen.

Course Catalog

You will find everything you need to draw up your study plan in the online course catalog. Members of the public are also able to attend lectures and seminars as guests (Gasthörer). The catalog contents are constantly updated and entries are often commentated.

Studying Abroad

We strongly advise students to train their foreign language skills and undertake an internship or a semester studying abroad. Funding is usually available to support such stays abroad and students must be at least in their third semester of studies. The Institute for Geography maintains partnerships with universities in almost all European countries.

Criteria of Scientific Work

The Institute of Political Science has compiled a Compendium containing guidelines on working according to scientific criteria and academic integrity.

  • Human-geographic research
  • Research on the Environment and sustainability

Profile

Empirical research revolves around questions such as sustainable development on the international scale, with projects on adaptation in the wake of climate change, migration as well as changes in the environment, land use and water catchment areas. This research with a regional focus on Indonesia, Ghana and New Zealand is embedded in the artec Research Center for Sustainability. Details of current research projects can be found under http://www.uni-bremen.de/de/artec/forschung/projekte.html