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.

The Next Step: Developing Your Research Question

The Next Step: Developing Your Research Question

Chapter Map

  • It’s question time
  • Reviewing literature
  • Literature reviews
  • Formulating your research question

It’s question time

If you were to ask a novice, the subject of Geography seems to be littered with questions. Popular quiz shows and board games present our discipline as one which is concerned with questions of metrics: how large is the population of Aberdeen? How long is the river Rhine? How tall is the highest building in London? What is the GDP of Belfast? As a student of human geography, however, you will be well aware that geographers ask an array of questions that aren’t only factual, or concerned with answers that might be simply ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. With an interest in connections ...

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