World Population Day: Understanding our planet

With World Population Day taking place, the importance of global population issues has been brought to the forefront. With approximately four births every second, the world’s population is growing at a rapid rate; bringing with it far-reaching implications for generations to come. So what does this mean for our planet?

At the University of Chester, topics such as overpopulation and the wider implications associated to it, have been the focus of much debate for students studying within the Department of Geography and International Development. If this is something that interests you, then why not consider one of the following degrees:

Geography

Not solely concerned with the environment and the processes and patterns that shape it, Geography at the University of Chester also explores the relationship between humans and their natural environment. Delving deep in to the social patterns that shape our society, human geography investigates how social, economic, cultural and political forces mould the societies in which we live.  As of 2016-2017, the human geography module will incorporate a new block focused specifically on population geographies; allowing you to explore such topics at what 'population' means and how and why different populations form, move and are dispersed.

Whilst you’ll study both physical and human geography during your first year, during your second and third year you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in the sub-discipline of your choice. And, to help you get a true perspective of issues affecting our planet, you’ll have a number of opportunities to go out and explore it first-hand through various field work opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Recent trips have included visits to a centre for asylum seekers in Sheffield, and a walking tour of Manchester exploring how the city has regenerated to fulfil the needs of distinct populations.  

Taking advantage of the experiential fieldwork learning module, students recently took a trip to New York, where they had the fantastic opportunity to investigate their own area of study. Take a look at our previous blog to find out more.

International Development Studies

A dominating influence on 21st century life, the study of International Development Studies has never been so popular.

As governments and individuals come under pressure to think in international as well as national terms, development issues such as poverty reduction, sustainability, globalisation, climate change and global security are the topics of everybody’s agenda. At the University of Chester we bring this subject to life, providing you with opportunities to complete work placements in the UK or abroad, attend overseas trips and engage with a range of employers and practitioners in the development sector.

Previous work placement opportunities have taken place in such countries as South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Costa Rica. And if that’s not enough, extra-curricular seminars, events and voluntary opportunities in and around Chester will provide you with further opportunities to enhance your studies.

Natural Hazard Management

As overpopulation and globalization continues to grow, mankind is becoming ever more susceptible to natural disasters, such as windstorms, earthquakes, volcanoes and flooding. Even in the UK, 2.3 million properties in England and Wales are estimated to be at risk of flooding. With places all over the world becoming more vulnerable, what impact is this set to have? And how can we prevent it?

Through the study of Natural Hazard Management at the University of Chester, you’ll gain practical experience of hazard assessment not only in Britain, but also in overseas settings such as Naples. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover the skills involved in evaluating and managing natural hazards and risks.

For more information about the Department of Geography and International Development take a look at our website. You can keep up to date with the latest news from the Department by following them on twitter: @GIDchester