The visit started with a tour of Barcelona: the Marina, the Gothic Quarter, El Raval and Las Ramblas.
The next day looked at the impact of urban regeneration, with an introduction to the need for, and success of, urban regeneration in El Raval, Barcelona. Our students were introduced to a range of possible fieldwork methods and data collection techniques and discussed possible ideas for geographical research questions. They also discussed what makes ‘good’ or valuable primary data and developed their understanding of how to select appropriate urban fieldwork techniques.
The following day they left the urban environment for a visit to the Montserrat Natural Park, exploring limestone landscapes and enjoying a cable car ride. They also visited the Pere Ventura winery.
On the final day, they collected data from the location of their choice to prepare presentations.
David Jones, Head of Science and Geography, says: “This was an excellent opportunity for our students to hone their fieldwork methodology and data collection skills and to explore the theme of urban regeneration in a new, and of course very interesting and attractive, location.”