Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO2110 : Social Geographies

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Niall Cunningham
  • Lecturer: Dr Caleb Johnston, Dr Wen Lin
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



- 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.

1. Introducing Contemporary Social Geographies (HJ)
2. Digital Representations and Spaces (WL)
3. Geographies of (In)Justice (CJ)
4. Researching Social Geographies (TBC)

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:
– Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key themes in contemporary social geography
– Make connections between theories and concepts in social geography and empirical research on the complex structuring of social relations across space and in place
– Critically engage with primary and secondary evidence of social geography issues
– Understand and apply a variety of social geographical techniques, communicate wide reading, grasp of key concepts, and ability to synthesise information from a range of research, primary and policy sources

Intended Skill Outcomes

• Students will be given the opportunity to develop skills in:
– Assessment and evaluation of the different concepts and theories in contemporary social geography
– The critical analysis of the manifestation of social and spatial inequalities and social difference
– The ability to gather and synthesise information
– The ability to work in groups to develop ideas and arguments relating to contemporary social geography

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion320:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Seminars
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity83:0024:00Seminar preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery80:304:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00N/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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M50A project engaging with the material taught in Semester 1 (2000 words)
Written exercise2M50A 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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.