GEO2110 : Social Geographies
- Offered for Year: 2018/19
- Module Leader(s): Professor Rachel Pain
- Lecturer: Dr Caleb Johnston, Dr Helen Jarvis, Dr Wen Lin
- Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||10|
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
- To introduce Stage 2 students to social geography as the study of the construction and expression of social relations across space.
- To introduce the key concepts of social geography (for example, home, community, sustainability) and structures of social relations played out across these sites (e.g. gender, class, disability, sexuality, race).
- To examine these concepts and structures of social relations with reference to empirical examples drawn from the research literature and staff research.
- To introduce a range of case study settings, scales and everyday dilemmas as a means to illustrate the intersection of these concepts in action.
- To build on student knowledge and understanding of core concepts and case study examples by engaging them in setting and solving puzzles and challenges in contemporary social geography through study group exercises, critical engagement with the research literature, and through a range of activities on campus and in the city of Newcastle.
Outline Of Syllabus
Taught in 4 blocks over 2 semesters with 24 x 1 hour lectures, supplemented by 8 x 1 hour seminars.
1a. Introducing Contemporary Social Geographies (AS)
1b. Introducing Contemporary Social Geographies (HJ)
2. Digital Representations and Spaces (WL)
3. Geographies of (In)Justice (CJ)
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||20:00||60:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||24||1:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||Seminars|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||8||3:00||24:00||Seminar preparation|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||8||0:30||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||80:00||80:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate the theory, policy and empirical substance of the course.
Seminars involving the module leader, course staff and students provide an opportunity for student-led critical analysis of course material and oral presentations.
Fieldwork enables students to receive training and practice in ethnographic techniques in an urban context.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||50||A project engaging with the material taught in Semester 1 (2000 words)|
|Written exercise||2||M||50||A project engaging with the material taught in Semester 2 (2000 words)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Each piece of coursework maps onto the intended learning outcomes and give students the opportunity to develop a range of social geography skills and knowledges. Together the assessments cover key concepts, engagement with the literature, and the ability to apply knowledge in real-life settings.