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Researching everyday geographies

This module equips you with the tools required to undertake an extended piece of independent research on how geographical relations shape a dimension of your everyday life. The module uses diverse scholarship on everyday geographies to walk you through the key strands of the research process and help you to identify and develop your research topic. You'll then have dedicated time to further progress, write and submit a 7000-word dissertation on that topic. Throughout, you're offered the conceptual and practical resources to recognise and address the relations of power that shape the production of academic knowledge.

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Module

Module code
D325
Credits

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60
Study level
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OU SCQF FHEQ
3 10 6
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

This module offers you the opportunity, sensibilities, knowledge, and skills to undertake an independent investigation of how geographical relations shape a dimension of your everyday life, and culminates in the submission of a 7000-word dissertation.  The module is structured primarily so that you're guided through the process of translating an initial matter of concern related to your everyday life into a geographical research question about which data can be generated, analysis undertaken, and findings produced.

The five blocks of the module are organised as follows:

  • Block 1: Questioning – producing a geographical research question
  • Block 2: Situating – producing a geographical literature review
  • Block 3: Generating – producing geographical data through research design and investigation
  • Block 4: Analysing – producing geographical insights through exploration of the data generated
  • Block 5: Writing – producing geographical research outputs from all available materials
Each block is structured into three teaching weeks, that have been designed around a particular conversation:
  • In the first week, the focus is on introducing you to what the research strand you're focusing on in the block involves, why researchers do it, and what it means to do it carefully
  • In the second week, the focus of the conversation is on demonstrating how diverse geographical scholarships on routines (Block 2), infrastructures (Block 3), encounters (Block 4), and remaking (Block 5) can help you develop a geographically informed account of the dimension of your everyday life that becomes the focus of your dissertation
  • In the third week, the focus of the conversation is offering you a set of broad principles and then practical steps through which you can operationalise what you have learned about research in that block in terms of progressing your dissertation project

For the first two-thirds of the module your study will involve you reading a 5000-word chapter and working through a set of online materials that bring to life, build on, and extend the book material. Then for the final third, you'll have minimal substantive new module materials to engage with so you can focus on continuing your research and generating your dissertation.

Throughout, the module is informed by an ethos that centres the contribution of diverse geographical scholarships especially as they help flesh out both what a careful geographical research practice might look like (and why it is so important), and how to think about the everyday relationally (and what difference that makes).

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You’ll receive help and support from your assigned tutor throughout the module. They’ll help you by:

  • marking your assignments and providing detailed feedback to help you improve.
  • providing individual guidance, whether that’s for general study skills or specific module content.
  • facilitating online discussions between your fellow students, in the dedicated module forums.

Your tutor will also run online tutorials throughout the module. Where possible, recordings of online tutorials will be made available. While these tutorials won’t be compulsory for you to complete the module, you’re strongly encouraged to take part. If you want to participate, we recommend use of a headset with a microphone.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

Future availability

Researching everyday geographies (D325) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2022.  We expect it to start for the last time in October 2031.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.

    Course work includes:

    4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
    End-of-module assessment
    No residential school


    Entry requirements

    This is an OU level 3 dissertation module. OU level 3 modules build on study skills and subject knowledge acquired from studies at OU levels 1 and 2 and should be studied as part of a qualification.

    Normally, you should have successfully completed OU level 1 and level 2 modules that contain a substantial Geography component before you study D325.

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module – and especially if you have not previously passed Changing geographies of the United Kingdom (D225) – please contact an adviser.

    Preparatory work

    Studying the OU level 1 modules Environment (U116) and Investigating the social world (DD103) is recommended. Also the OU level 2 modules Environment and society (DD213) and Changing geographies of the United Kingdom (D225) within the BA (Honours) Geography (R44) and Diploma of Higher Education in Geography (W81). 

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    01 Oct 2022 Jun 2023 £3228.00

    Registration closes 08/09/22 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2031.

    Additional Costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as set books, a computer and internet access.

    If your income is not more than £25,000 or you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after your module has started.

    Ways to pay for this module

    Open University Student Budget Account

    The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

    You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

    • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
    • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

    Joint loan applications

    If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party. For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. In such cases, OUSBA will be required to carry out additional affordability checks separately and/or collectively for both joint applicants who will be jointly and severally liable for loan repayments.

    As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation.

    Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

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    Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU courses are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to complete. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

    More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the module you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

    • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
    • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your module.  

    Credit/debit card

    You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

    We accept American Express, Mastercard, Visa and Visa Electron. 

    Mixed payments

    We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).


    Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2023. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

    This information was provided on 29/06/2022.

    What's included

    You will be provided with the two core module books and have access to a module website, which includes:

    • a week-by-week study planner
    • module materials
    • audio and video content
    • learning activities
    • assessment details and submission section
    • online tutorial access

    Computing requirements

    You’ll need broadband internet access and a desktop or laptop computer with an up-to-date version of Windows (10 or 11), or macOS (10.15 or higher).

    Any additional software will be provided or is generally freely available.

    To join in spoken conversations in tutorials, we recommend a wired headset (headphones/earphones with a built-in microphone).

    Our module websites comply with web standards, and any modern browser is suitable for most activities.

    Our OU Study mobile app will operate on all current, supported versions of Android and iOS. It’s not available on Kindle.

    It’s also possible to access some module materials on a mobile phone, tablet device or Chromebook. However, as you may be asked to install additional software or use certain applications, you’ll also require a desktop or laptop as described above.

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying D325 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Disability support website.