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  • Subject index

An undergraduate dissertation is your opportunity to engage with geographical research, first-hand. But completing a student project can be a stressful and complex process. Your Human Geography Dissertation breaks the task down into three helpful stages: • Designing: Deciding on your approach, your topic and your research question, and ensuring your project is feasible • Doing: Situating your research and selecting the best methods for your dissertation project • Delivering: Dealing with data and writing up your findings With information and task boxes, soundbites offering student insight and guidance, and links to online materials, this book offers a complete and accessible overview of the key skills needed to prepare, research, and write a successful human geography dissertation.

Writing Up: Where to Start and How to Finish
Writing Up: Where to Start and How to Finish
Chapter Map
  • ‘Earth-writing’: Getting started
  • What to write
  • When to write
  • How to write
  • The ‘where’ of writing
‘Earth-writing’: Getting started

As we know from Chapter 1, the word ‘geography’ refers to a process of ‘earth-writing’ (Barnes and Duncan, 1992). As an earth-writer, the role of the geographer is to communicate knowledge about the world we live in, through the written word. Accordingly, writing up your human geography dissertation is a fundamental stage in becoming a geographer yourself. Yet writing is very rarely plain sailing. Geographers are trained to think spatially, and we are taught skills and methods that enable us to interpret the world through such a lens. We aren’t typically trained to ...

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