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Geography

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Geography is one of the classical earth sciences. It researches the relationships between the Earth and human society as well as those between humans and the environment.
In order to understand our planet habitat, which is undergoing constant change, it is necessary to regard the Earth as a holistic system, that means within the context of all its various subsystems taken together – the lithosphere (rocks), cryosphere (ice), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), biosphere (plants and animals), pedosphere (soil) and the anthroposphere (living... more » more »


Basic data

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
180CP
specialty
120CP
complementary subject
60CP
optional for teacher training
72CP

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

More information at Application and enrolment

Enrolment for new students

Enrolment for advanced students

for winter and for summer semester

admittance limited

Deadlines for applications/enrolment

15.07. resp. 15.01.

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Geography is one of the classical earth sciences. It researches the relationships between the Earth and human society as well as those between humans and the environment.
In order to understand our planet habitat, which is undergoing constant change, it is necessary to regard the Earth as a holistic system, that means within the context of all its various subsystems taken together – the lithosphere (rocks), cryosphere (ice), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), biosphere (plants and animals), pedosphere (soil) and the anthroposphere (living space influenced by humans).
Geography is a spatial science which can be pursued both as a natural science as well as a social and human science. It is the investigation of the geo-ecosphere on the one hand, and of society and its spatial claims on our physical environment on the other. Physical Geography examines the influence of natural geofactors on the human habitat, whereas human geography analyses human activities, the resulting spatial structures and the processes which steer these. The exceptional position the subject occupies in being a natural, social as well as a human science and the multitude of research objects and processes arising from the areas of contact between humans and their environment calls for close collaboration with numerous neighbouring sciences. This has caused geography to develop from a systematically-descriptive to a causal-analytical science.

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Graduates can choose between career fields both inside and outside the university area in which primarily geographic qualifications and competences are expected and required. Outside the university this could include in particular careers in the (further) education sector, research institutes, public administration, interest lobbies, trade associations and political parties, the media and the cultural sector, private enterprises, welfare agencies, national and international non-governmental organisations, as well as self-employment.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

Graduates qualify for admittance to the Master of Education program and a Referendariat period [mandatory school teaching practice] in the following subjects:

  • Gymnasien und Oberschulen

More information on the offered courses for the teaching profession at public schools can be found here.

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admittance to a Master’s Program in the disciplines:

  • Master of Education Geography
  • Master of Science Physical Geography: Environmental History
  • Master of Arts Urban and Regional Research
  • Master of Science Ecology

To acquire the qualification to teach at state schools, students must subsequently obtain a Master of Education postgraduate degree (M.Ed). This has to be followed by an 18-month period of practice teaching in school, which ends with the second state exam for teachers in Germany.

Supplementary/optional courses
The Certificate Program Foundation Studies in Digital Media for Education is an optional course for students studying education related subjects.

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Subject combinations non-school career fields

In principle, first-year students are able to study any combination of main or subsidiary subjects offered by the University of Bremen.

The field has no special recommendations regarding suitable combinations with the main subject.

Information on possible overlaps within the following subjects.

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

Studies in Geography provide a broad-based, theoretically grounded and methodically oriented training with state-of-the-art content and inputs. In addition to this, students have ample opportunity to select specific issues and areas of geography to suit their individual interests, to pursue these with a high degree of independence and to build their own individual profile.
This is facilitated by knowledge obtained from modules embedded in other disciplines which may be logically associated with geographical content. Besides the specialist training, a further aim of the programme is to impart extra-functional qualifications. This includes inter alia the professional use of EDP systems as well as the acquisition of foreign languages, especially English for academic purposes. Furthermore, students acquire key competences such as teamwork and methodic working techniques.

Course schedule

Digital learning contents

  • E-Learning

Major fields

Students of Geography can choose between the area programmes of Physical Geography or Human Geography.

General studies

General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.

Education science

In this programme area, subject-related studies in the field of teacher training are supplemented with courses dealing with teaching practice. This programme area comprises 13 - 23 % of studies in the field of teacher training, depending on the type of school envisaged. It encompasses the following topics: studies in education, subject didactics, internships and key qualifications.

Practical

Students undertake an eight-week work placement as an integrated component of their studies. This means that after three years of undergraduate studies, students who do not wish to participate in post-graduate programmes are already well equipped for the labour market.

The work placement is to gather knowledge on the career and occupational fields of geographers. It enables students to apply the knowledge and skill-sets acquired during studies and to develop their own professional identity. Furthermore, it supports individual career orientation, enhances student motivation, encourages the development of practice-related research goals during studies, and contributes towards building key qualifications such as teamwork and communication as well as the ability to assert oneself and to be sensitive to the needs of other team members. The work placement is to be undertaken in the break between the 4th and 5th semester of the programme.

Study abroad

It is strongly recommended that students acquire competence in a foreign language and undertake a semester abroad, either as a work placement or a period of studies at a university abroad. Support is offered for students completing study components abroad. The stay abroad should generally last one semester and be undertaken following completion of the third semester of the programme.

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Please note that all undergraduate programmes in geography require German language at C1 level (except for exchange students from partner universities).

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

Admission

for new students
for advanced students

admittance limited


Applications via

Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

undergraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject + specialty + complementary subject + optional for teacher training

Studied for

Gymnasien und Oberschulen

Degree/qualification

Bachelor

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
180CP
specialty
120CP
complementary subject
60CP
optional for teacher training
72CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Geography is generally separated into two subdivisions: Physical Geography and Human Geography. The object of research for Physical Geography is the qualitative
and quantitative analysis of the system corallories in the geosphere. This involves natural scientific methodologies, especially empirical field research and analytical methods. Human Geography examines humans in their socio-cultural environment together with the socio-economic structures that subsequently evolve. Above all this involves sociological approaches and methods.

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Michael Thiele
Building: GW2
E-Mail: thiele(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-67001

See website

Studies centre

Dr. Sabine Ritter
Building: GW2
E-Mail: sritter(at)uni-bremen.de

Practice office

Birgit Ennen
Building: GW2
E-Mail: bennen(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-67309

Faculty secretariat

Fairouz Fokke
Building: GW2, Office: B2812
E-Mail: sfokke(at)uni-bremen.de

Department secretariat

Nadine Banse
Building: GW2
E-Mail: banse(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-67011

Status

18.05.2020
Description of subject

DESCRIPTION OF SUBJECT

Geography is one of the classical earth sciences. It researches the relationships between the Earth and human society as well as those between humans and the environment.
In order to understand our planet habitat, which is undergoing constant change, it is necessary to regard the Earth as a holistic system, that means within the context of all its various subsystems taken together – the lithosphere (rocks), cryosphere (ice), hydrosphere (water), atmosphere (air), biosphere (plants and animals), pedosphere (soil) and the anthroposphere (living space influenced by humans).
Geography is a spatial science which can be pursued both as a natural science as well as a social and human science. It is the investigation of the geo-ecosphere on the one hand, and of society and its spatial claims on our physical environment on the other. Physical Geography examines the influence of natural geofactors on the human habitat, whereas human geography analyses human activities, the resulting spatial structures and the processes which steer these. The exceptional position the subject occupies in being a natural, social as well as a human science and the multitude of research objects and processes arising from the areas of contact between humans and their environment calls for close collaboration with numerous neighbouring sciences. This has caused geography to develop from a systematically-descriptive to a causal-analytical science.

Occupational fields and career opportunities

OCCUPATIONAL FIELDS AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Subsequent non-teaching occupational fields

Graduates can choose between career fields both inside and outside the university area in which primarily geographic qualifications and competences are expected and required. Outside the university this could include in particular careers in the (further) education sector, research institutes, public administration, interest lobbies, trade associations and political parties, the media and the cultural sector, private enterprises, welfare agencies, national and international non-governmental organisations, as well as self-employment.

Teacher training (Lehramt)

Graduates qualify for admittance to the Master of Education program and a Referendariat period [mandatory school teaching practice] in the following subjects:

  • Gymnasien und Oberschulen

More information on the offered courses for the teaching profession at public schools can be found here.

Possibilities for additional qualifications

Graduates qualify for admittance to a Master’s Program in the disciplines:

  • Master of Education Geography
  • Master of Science Physical Geography: Environmental History
  • Master of Arts Urban and Regional Research
  • Master of Science Ecology

To acquire the qualification to teach at state schools, students must subsequently obtain a Master of Education postgraduate degree (M.Ed). This has to be followed by an 18-month period of practice teaching in school, which ends with the second state exam for teachers in Germany.

Supplementary/optional courses
The Certificate Program Foundation Studies in Digital Media for Education is an optional course for students studying education related subjects.

Objectives and contents of program

OBJECTIVES AND CONTENTS OF PROGRAM

Detailed list of available courses in online course prospectus

Subject combinations non-school career fields

In principle, first-year students are able to study any combination of main or subsidiary subjects offered by the University of Bremen.

The field has no special recommendations regarding suitable combinations with the main subject.

Information on possible overlaps within the following subjects.

Stages of study / curricula / description of modules

Studies in Geography provide a broad-based, theoretically grounded and methodically oriented training with state-of-the-art content and inputs. In addition to this, students have ample opportunity to select specific issues and areas of geography to suit their individual interests, to pursue these with a high degree of independence and to build their own individual profile.
This is facilitated by knowledge obtained from modules embedded in other disciplines which may be logically associated with geographical content. Besides the specialist training, a further aim of the programme is to impart extra-functional qualifications. This includes inter alia the professional use of EDP systems as well as the acquisition of foreign languages, especially English for academic purposes. Furthermore, students acquire key competences such as teamwork and methodic working techniques.

Course schedule

Digital learning contents

  • E-Learning

Major fields

Students of Geography can choose between the area programmes of Physical Geography or Human Geography.

General studies

General Studies account for 10 - 25% of the study programme. These courses train key competences for subsequent career fields. By building their own individual specialities, students are able to shape and amplify their academic profile.

Education science

In this programme area, subject-related studies in the field of teacher training are supplemented with courses dealing with teaching practice. This programme area comprises 13 - 23 % of studies in the field of teacher training, depending on the type of school envisaged. It encompasses the following topics: studies in education, subject didactics, internships and key qualifications.

Practical

Students undertake an eight-week work placement as an integrated component of their studies. This means that after three years of undergraduate studies, students who do not wish to participate in post-graduate programmes are already well equipped for the labour market.

The work placement is to gather knowledge on the career and occupational fields of geographers. It enables students to apply the knowledge and skill-sets acquired during studies and to develop their own professional identity. Furthermore, it supports individual career orientation, enhances student motivation, encourages the development of practice-related research goals during studies, and contributes towards building key qualifications such as teamwork and communication as well as the ability to assert oneself and to be sensitive to the needs of other team members. The work placement is to be undertaken in the break between the 4th and 5th semester of the programme.

Study abroad

It is strongly recommended that students acquire competence in a foreign language and undertake a semester abroad, either as a work placement or a period of studies at a university abroad. Support is offered for students completing study components abroad. The stay abroad should generally last one semester and be undertaken following completion of the third semester of the programme.

Application and enrolment

APPLICATION AND ENROLMENT

Recommended abilities/ target groups/ requirements placed on students

Please note that all undergraduate programmes in geography require German language at C1 level (except for exchange students from partner universities).

Admission requirements

General qualification for university entrance or specific higher education entrance qualification (e.g. Abitur, Einstufungsprüfung).

Admission

for new students
for advanced students

admittance limited


Applications via

Deadline for application (beginner)

  • 15.07. for winter semester

Deadline for application (advanced)

  • 15.07. for winter semester
  • 15.01. for summer semester

Beginning of course for new students

WiSe

Beginning of course for advanced students

WiSe and SoSe
Formalities

FORMALITIES

Type of studies

undergraduate studies

Time involved

full time study

Studies as

sole subject + specialty + complementary subject + optional for teacher training

Studied for

Gymnasien und Oberschulen

Degree/qualification

Bachelor

Title on graduation

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A. or B.Sc.)

ECTS-Credits

sole subject
180CP
specialty
120CP
complementary subject
60CP
optional for teacher training
72CP

Accreditation


by: AAQ
from: 16.09.2016

Costs

Semester fee 382,67 €

Bremen has a study account model (Studienkontengesetz).

Language of delivery (mainly)

German

Regulations

Examination regulations
Research and teaching

RESEARCH AND TEACHING

Expertise

Geography is generally separated into two subdivisions: Physical Geography and Human Geography. The object of research for Physical Geography is the qualitative
and quantitative analysis of the system corallories in the geosphere. This involves natural scientific methodologies, especially empirical field research and analytical methods. Human Geography examines humans in their socio-cultural environment together with the socio-economic structures that subsequently evolve. Above all this involves sociological approaches and methods.

Contact and counselling

CONTACT AND COUNSELLING

Departmental counseling

Michael Thiele
Building: GW2
E-Mail: thiele(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-67001

See website

Studies centre

Dr. Sabine Ritter
Building: GW2
E-Mail: sritter(at)uni-bremen.de

Practice office

Birgit Ennen
Building: GW2
E-Mail: bennen(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-67309

Faculty secretariat

Fairouz Fokke
Building: GW2, Office: B2812
E-Mail: sfokke(at)uni-bremen.de

Department secretariat

Nadine Banse
Building: GW2
E-Mail: banse(at)uni-bremen.de
Fon: 218-67011

Status

18.05.2020