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.

Final Preparations: Is Your Project Workable?

Final Preparations: Is Your Project Workable?

Chapter Map

  • Geographical explorations
  • Practical considerations
  • Assessing health and safety
  • Making sure it’s legal
  • Paying attention to ethics

Geographical explorations

The Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen set about an exceptional voyage in 1893. He was one of many figures involved in a race to reach the North Pole at the end of the century. At the time the Pole was the terra incognita (or ‘unknown land’) that had thus far eluded scientific discovery. As explorers and adventurers gradually mapped, charted, studied and recorded parts of the world that had previously been blanks on a map, the North Pole remained out of reach. Yet being the first to venture to the ‘farthest point North’ was an important achievement, the pinnacle perhaps, to ...

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