Study Abroad and Exchanges



GEO3135 : Geographies of Gender and Generation

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide, by means of lectures and workshops, an understanding of the geographical significance of issues of gender and generation. The module offers insight into the transforming relationships between men and women and between younger and older members of contemporary societies. The module brings together research from around the world in order to address pressing questions about the nature of contemporary gender and generational divisions as well as the complex ways in which members of society are involved in each other’s lives.
These questions include:
-how do particular kinds of spaces and spatial arrangements (e.g. cities, neighbourhoods, institutions, families and leisure sites) facilitate and limit gendered and generational contact and encounters?
-what processes and spaces influence the transmission of gendered and generational values and beliefs?
-in what ways are gendered and generational separation and segregation significant drivers in social change?

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Introduction to the geographies of gender and generation
2.       Scaling social change
3.       Gender on the agenda
4.       Age is as old as time
5.       Geographies of children and young people
6.       Going global
7.       The role of the family
8.       Embodied identities
9.       At work
10.       At home
11.       At church
12.       Revising the geographies of gender and generation

Workshops (with Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books):
1.       The role of children’s literature
2.       How to tell a story
3.       Intergenerational practice event

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1641:00164:00Course reading and exam preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops33:009:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery31:003:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate theories and case studies of the geographies of gender and generation. Workshops provide opportunities for student-led critical analysis, discussion and presentation of case study material that illustrates the contemporary relevance of gender and generation to society at large. They also provide opportunities to learn collaboratively in the form of small group teaching.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Taken home exam set during the examination period
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M502000 word essay titled ‘Following the student led lectures, critically reflect upon a campaign for social justice’
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessments asses the intended learning outcomes of this module. The essay builds on the students’ group and allows them to critically reflect upon the themes and topics covered in the module in campaigning for social change. This develops an ability to engage with relevant literature and apply key concepts which have been learned from the lectures and workshops.

The take home written examination will test knowledge across the breadth of the module. It will do so without the traditional constraints of exam conditions which can encourage the use of recall and exam technique rather than more critical engagement.

Reading Lists