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Geography as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme

Geography as subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme
(Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science)

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Course type
undergraduate studies (2 subjects bachelor)
Standard Course Duration
6 semester
Course Start
Winter semester
Primary Language of Instruction
German
Special Requirements

None

Admission
Restricted admission
International

Stay abroad possible, but not obligatory.

Short Description

The subject geography is offered as one of two subjects within the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme. Please note the subject combination options.

Geography involves the examination of spaces with reference to their human-environment relations and the analysis of the social, cultural, political, environmental and economic interactions in the context of sustainable development. At the beginning of the programme, therefore, emphasis is placed on the extensive study of the branches of Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology; Cultural, Social and Human Geography; and Economic Geography.

The subject of Geography can be combined with a second subject in the Interdisciplinary Bachelor’s Degree Programme (FüBa). After completing the Bachelor’s degree, students may go on to pursue a Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools or, if a non-school-based direction was chosen, a subject-specific Master’s degree programme. It is also possible to enter the job market with a Bachelor’s degree.

Further information for students on the website of the Faculty of Natural Sciences (German Language only)

Areas of Focus

  • Anthropocene
  • Cultural turn
  • Global change
  • Spatial transformation
  • Sustainable development
  • Syndrome approach
  • Transformation of society and the economy
Course Content

The programme starts with introductory foundation courses in all major branches of Geography: Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology; Cultural and Social Geography; and Economic Geography. In addition, students attend courses on Cartography, Statistics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in which they undertake practical work using software.

Students who take Geography as their first subject additionally take advanced compulsory elective courses in Physical Geography and Human Geography at the Bachelor’s stage. This also involves completing a one-week or two-week field trip and attending seminars on current issues. In the case of students who take Geography as their second subject, the stage involving compulsory elective courses is completed during the Master’s Teacher Training Course for Grammar Schools.

Courses on teaching geography provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to plan, design and reflect upon geography lessons independently and creatively. Non-school-based learning locations are considered, as well as innovative methods that stimulate learning and encourage meta-reflection and reflexivity.

As part of the interdisciplinary bachelor's degree programme, students with a focus on teaching have to complete a non-school-based internship as well as a school internship, both lasting four weeks. The non-school-based internship helps students to get first work insights in the area of teaching, to check on their career aspiration. For students with an non-school-based focus, an eight-week non-school-based internship must be completed.

 

Semester

1

2

3

4

5

6

Geography as a first subject

 
  • Foundations of Cultural/Social Geography
  • Specialist Methodology (Production of Scientific Work, Statistics, Cartography, Data Presentation)
 
  • Foundations of Economic Geography
  • Specialist Methodology (Geographic Information Systems)
 
  • Foundations of Physical Geography (Landscape Structure)
  • Compulsory elective seminars in Human Geography
  • Introduction to Teaching Geography
 
  • Foundations of Physical Geography (Landscape Genesis)
  • One-week Human Geography field trip
  • Specialisation in Teaching Geography
 
  • Compulsory elective seminars in Human Geography and Physical Geography
  • Specialisation in Teaching Geography
 
  • Bachelor’s thesis in Geography

Geography as a second subject

 
  • Foundations of Cultural/Social Geography
  • Specialist Methodology (Production of Scientific Work, Statistics, Cartography, Data Presentation)
 
  • Foundations of Economic Geography
  • Specialist Methodology (Geographic Information Systems)
 
  • Foundations of Physical Geography (Landscape Structure)
  • Introduction to Teaching Geography
 
  • Foundations of Physical Geography (Landscape Genesis)
  • Specialisation in Teaching Geography
 
  • Specialisation in Teaching Geography

 

Recommended Abilities
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Good communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Quick powers of comprehension
  • Self-confidence
  • Rhetorical skills
  • Fascination of geographical issues and contexts
  • Motivational skills
  • Empathy
  • Reflection skills
  • Reflexivity
Career Opportunities

Students who focus on schooling go on to work as grammar school teachers. Those with a non-school-based specialisation may consider employment with educational institutions or non-governmental organisations, for example (such as the Verband Entwicklungspolitik Niedersachsen, VEN). In addition, depending on their specialisations, graduates may find employment with organisations such as environmental authorities, nature conservation institutions, business development agencies, or in public relations work, transport planning and in location consultancy.

Possible Further Degree Programmes

Under certain conditions, admission to the following Master's programme is also possible. More detailed information can be found in the respective admission regulations. If you have any questions, please contact the course advice of the desired Master's programme:

Admission requirements and application

Admission Requirements

Some subjects in the interdisciplinary Bachelor are restricted (Biology, Performing Arts, German Studies (school subject: German), English Studies (school subject: English), Geography, History, Music, Political Science, Study of Religions (school subject: Ethics), Spanish Studies (school subject: Spanish) and Sports (school subject: Physical Education).

Other subjects are admission-free (Chemistry, Computer Science, Protestant Theology (school subject: Protestant Religious Education), Catholic Theology (school subject: Catholic Religious Education), Mathematics, Philosophy and Physics).

The exact admission requirements can be found in the admission regulation.

Note: The admission regulations reflect the legally prescribed subject combinations in the Master regulation of Lower Saxony.
All currently possible subject combinations can be found under "Combinations".

Application Deadlines

Application dates for a subject combination with at least one restricted subject:

First-year students
(Application for the first semester is only possible for the winter semester)

  • Applicants from Germany and other EU countries: June 1st – July 15th of the year
  • Applicants from outside the European Union: April 15th – May 31st of the year

Students resuming their studies and transfer students (application in a higher semester)

  • Everyone: June 1st – July 15th of the year for the winter semester
  • Everyone: December 1st - January 15th of the year for the summer semester

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