Module Catalogue 2022/23

GEO2110 : Social Geographies

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Hopkins
  • Lecturer: Professor Alison Stenning, Dr Soudeh Ghaffari
  • 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 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 achieved via digital delivery of synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities.

Outline Of Syllabus

Taught in 2 introductory lectures, then 1 general block in the first semester, and 2 specialist blocks in the second semester, with 18 x 1 hour lectures, supplemented by 8 x 1.5 hour workshops.

1. Introduction to Social Geographies (RP)
2. Space and Social Inequality (RP and PH)
3.       Geographies of Class (NC)
4.       Digital Representations and Spaces (WL)

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1117:00117:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities42:3010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:3012:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:303:00Assessment clinics
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate the theory, policy and empirical substance of the course.

Small group teaching (seminars) provide an opportunity for student-led critical analysis of course material and oral presentations.

Structured guided learning activities provide instructed tasks for students to complete to extend reflection and deepen understanding of key issues.

Scheduled online contact time will take the form of two assessment clinics for discussion and clarification of guidance and Q&A about assignments in Semester 1 and Semester 2.

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 2022/23 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 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.