Human Geography

Module Title: Human Geography
Semester: 2nd and 3rd semester
Start: Summer semester (SS)
Language: German
Credit Points:
  • Urban and population geography: 4 CP
  • Spatial planning: 4 C
  • Basic seminar including field trip: 7 CP
Link to Examination Regulation: B.Sc. Applied Geography

a) Lecture Urban and Population Geography:

Basic contents and working methods of urban and population geography: including determinants of urban formation and development; inner-city and city-regional functional differentiations according to social, economic, cultural and demographic criteria; measures, structures and processes of natural population movement (fertility and mortality) and migration; basic concepts, models and theories of geographical urban and population research.

b.) Lecture Spatial Planning

The lecture deals with the scientific basics, the guiding principles and the legal framework for spatial and area-related planning and the resulting activities for its realisation. It deals with federal spatial planning as well as with planning objectives, tasks and measures of the Länder, planning regions and municipalities and cross-border planning. It presents planning protection measures, planning which is expressed in a transformation of the cultural landscape, and economic development measures with a regional reference.

c) Basic seminar on human geography with field trip:


Thematically, the basic seminar is to offer a cross-section of the core areas of human geography offered in the lectures Industrial Geography, Agricultural Geography, Spatial Planning, Urban and Population Geography, Economic Geography of Services.

The students should independently write a written paper by means of literature evaluation and data research and present a shortened version of it in the seminar using media technology.

Field internship:

Students should become familiar with company situations, locations, corporate strategies and the creation of general conditions on site. They should become familiar with the concrete effects of general urban development processes and the sometimes competing interests of urban actors and be able to analyse these. They will also practise basic working methods on research and practice-relevant issues.


The objective of the module is to give students an introduction to the basic questions, terms, concepts and working methods of urban and population geography and spatial planning.

In the course of the basic seminar as well as the fieldtrip, the basics in human geography acquired so far are deepened and independently processed and presented in the form of term papers and presentations as well as first data collections in the field.

Upon completion of this module, students will have acquired the ability to place the basic topics of human geography in the context of the overall discipline. They are aware that the human geography sub-disciplines work with competing explanatory models. They have become acquainted with the basic literature and are able to independently research further literature, data and other sources of information for their own first small investigations.

Furthermore, it is an aim of the module to deepen already acquired knowledge in presentation techniques, methods of time management and scientific writing.



Written examination in

  • Urban and Population Geography (SS)
  • Spatial Planning WS (WS)
  • each 60 minutes


  • Term paper

Field trip:

  • Protocol (pass/fail)
  • The passed protocol is a prerequisite for receiving the seminar grade

The module grade is weighted according to the CP distribution.