Why should I study social geography?

What is Social Geography?

In a nutshell, social geography focuses on the scientific study of the relationship of society and space (spatial components). It is interested in answering the questions of how societal processes determine space and its structures and how spatial conditions determine the existence of societies. Social geographers work on matters of Europeanisation, the structuring of cities, the increasing impact of climate change and matters of globalisation. Studying social geography promises students an exciting and rich study career with a wide array of opportunities to study what you love.

Three reasons to study Social Geography:

  1. If you are interested in combining social aspects with real life issues, you might very well opt for studying social geography. As a social geographer, you are able to tackle the big questions of our time such as that of climate change and migration.
  2. As a master student of social geography, you are able to work with other students from multiple backgrounds. Your study group could consist of people who graduated from geography, social work, business studies or sociology before taking up social geography. This surely keeps discussions lively and interesting!
  3. On the basis of real-life problems and guided by state-of-the-art theory, you will be able to acquire project management, presentation and visualisation skills that help prepare you for your working life and look great on your CV.

How to study Social Geography?

Social geography allows you to work both theoretically as well as practically. Topics on which your studies will focus are social challenges such as demographic change in rural areas and cities, spatial cultures and identities and how they can be developed further, migration and transformation of (parts) of societies, social diversity and the benefits and challenges it brings with it. Moreover, you will learn about innovative quantitative and qualitative methods in human/social geography. After successfully acquiring knowledge of the most important theories, concepts and methods, you will be able to put this knowledge into practice. Many study programmes enable their students to accumulate study credits by doing their own research project including fieldwork. It may also be possible you are taught by practitioners who pass on their first-hand insights to you. Often, study programmes require you complete an internship in your potential future work environment so as to graduate from social geography.

In order to study social geography, you may consider moving to another city as not every university offers study programmes in this subject. Assessments will vary across exams, coursework presentations, tutorials and fieldwork. Students will often be required to conduct research of their own, to answer a question of their choosing – generating exactly the sort of skillset that employers are seeking. This is often in a team, so students will be developing their skills in communications, delegation, research and management.

What kind of job can I get by studying Social Geography?

Given that social geography brings together many disciplines such as sociology, social work and business studies, you will have many options of finding the professional career that suits your personality and interests best. As a social geographer, you may work in research at a university or research institute, in public administration, in consultancy or other private companies.

How can U-Multirank help me find the best Social Geography study programme for me?

If you’re considering pursuing a degree in social geography, then let us help you find the best university for you. U-Multirank’s ‘For students track offers personalised university comparisons, so you can find the university that best matches you. U-Multirank’s subject rankings provide the feedback of more than 100,000 current students studying at the respective universities, offering a unique student perspective to the rankings via our Teaching & Learning dimension. Create your own personalised rankings today and compare universities according to what matters most to you.  To start, make sure to select social geography as your subject of interest and we’ll help guide you through the rest.

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