Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO2225 : Citizenship in a global city: Hong Kong

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Richardson
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Code Title
GEO2043Key Methods for Human Geographers
GEO2047Political Geography
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
GEO2110Social Geographies
Co Requisite Comment

GEO2043 is required as students will need to apply various research methods during the residential fieldwork.
It is also required that students take at least one of the following three modules: GEO2110 Social Geographies; GEO2047 Political Geography; GEO2103 Development and Globalisation. The module sits at the social/political/development interface and a baseline understanding of at least one of these sub-disciplines is required in order to reach the required standards of the fieldtrip.


To provide, by means of practical field work, an understanding of the inter-related economic, political, social and cultural geographical significance of citizenship in a major world city, Hong Kong.

The module commences with a series of introductory lectures in Semester Two after which students take a residential field-course in Hong Kong, undertaking ethnographic work and study visits.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introductory lectures (first 4 weeks of semester 2) followed by field course (fieldwork week during Easter vacation) which includes:

Day 1 – Arrival and Local area familiarization

Day 2 – Understanding 'city'zenship (urban governance and public space)
Day 3 – Challenging postcolonial citizenship (race, class and sinophobia)

Day 4 – Exploring social justice (Occupy and the Umbrella Revolution)

Day 5 – Seeking environmental justice (green citizenship and the localist movement)
Day 6 – Staff consultation and student group projects

Day 7 – Departure and return travel
Options for projects include: Postcolonial Identities in Hong Kong; Consuming the City; Young People and Social Movements; Race/Gender in the City; Contested Religious Landscapes; Civil Rights and the City; Sexual Citizenship in Hong Kong; Digital Citizenship in the Global City; Privately Owned Public Space; Green Citizenship

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

• Explore citizenship through a range of theoretical approaches and case studies of life in Hong Kong;
• Critically evaluate the use of various methodologies for researching the city;
• Design and implement a research project that allows one facet of citizenship to be understood and
critically analysed;
• Consider Hong Kong’s place within the global political economy and the impact of this

Intended Skill Outcomes

• The ability to effectively work as a team member in order to: explore important contemporary urban
issues; solve and think through urban problems; collect, analyse and interpret data; and meet
• The ability to synthesis and summarise data and present findings in written and oral presentation
form within a given time period.
• The ability to: understand the constraints of working in overseas locations and show sensitivity to
cultural difference.
• The ability to acknowledge the multi-faceted nature of the issues experienced by major urban centres.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork58:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1081:00108:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The preliminary lectures will serve as an introduction to both Hong Kong and different conceptualisations of citizenship. Fieldwork will be based on study visits, guest lectures and seminars and will provide students with opportunities to explore modes of learning beyond the university. Both before and after the fieldtrip, students will be encouraged to dedicate further time to reading and development of knowledge and understanding.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M25Group presentation to take place on the fieldtrip
Essay2M25Literature review (1000 words); to be submitted prior to the fieldtrip
Report2M50Individual write up of group project (2000 words); to be submitted after the fieldtrip
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Before departing for Hong Kong, all students will be required to complete an essay (1,000 words accounting for 25%) which will include a review of relevant literature. These will cover four key aspects of citizenship: urban governance, postcolonial identities, social justice, environmental justice. This will ground students’ experiences in the relevant literature and will help familiarise students with issues specific to certain visit days and themes that emerge during the field work.

During the fieldtrip, students will be required to work in groups to design a poster to explain their proposed research. A 20 minute oral presentation of this will account for 25% of the module. This will offer students the opportunity to develop skills in group work as well as in presenting material to the other students about issues specific to their own case studies.

During the fieldtrip, students will be required to conduct a group project on a topic generated by themselves and informed by staff consultation. As well as presenting their findings to the staff during the fieldtrip they will be required to submit a 2,000 word project report based on their group project. This will be contextualised in relevant literature and reflect upon their findings from the field and account for 50% of the module. Although reflecting their experiences of working in the group setting, this project should be written up individually, allowing students the opportunity to reflect upon the theoretical and methodological issues involved in researching specific issues in Hong Kong.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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