Teaching geography to non-geographers at Glasgow Caledonian University

John H McKendrick, Elizabeth Mooney

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This paper discusses the teaching of geography to 'non-geographers' at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). GCU is one of the so-called 'new' universities in the UK and it shares with many of these institutions a mission to facilitate access to groups that have traditionally been under-represented in higher education. Human geography is one of the six subject area streams within the interdisciplinary social sciences degree programme, although geographical subject matter is taught in many other degree programmes, in each of GCU's three faculties. The arrangements for teaching human geography at GCU present pedagogical challenges for staff. Means to address these problems have been implemented. In this case study, it is argued that the experience of teaching human geography to 'non-geographers' at GCU may be of more general significance to the discipline, to the teaching of geography in both 'old' and 'new' universities and to those responsible for the delivery of mainstream geography degree programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249–260
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • teaching geography
  • geographical education
  • geography departments
  • geography students
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • new universities


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