Module Catalogue 2019/20

GEO3135 : Geographies of Gender and Generation (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Richardson
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GEO2103Development & Globalisation
GEO2110Social Geographies
Pre Requisite Comment

It is required that students must have taken, at least one of, either GEO2103 Development and Globalisation or GEO2110 Social Geographies. This will ensure that students have sufficient grounding in social/political/developmental issues which are important to better understanding the Geographies of Gender and Generation.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

•Explore the concepts of gender and generation through the lens of social geographies;
•Critically evaluate the relevance of geographies of gender and generation in contemporary society;
•Design and implement a campaign for social change that allows one particular facet of gender and generation to be understood and critically analysed;
•Consider the concepts of gender and generation more broadly and their place within the global world

Intended Skill Outcomes

•The ability to effectively work as a team member in order to: explore important contemporary societal issues; solve and think through problems within a small group context; analyse and interpret data individually; and meet deadlines
•The ability to synthesise and summarise data and present findings in written and oral form within a given time period
•The ability to acknowledge the multi-faceted nature of the issues experienced by today’s societies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1641:00164:00Course reading and exam preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
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.

Reading Lists

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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Draft reading list:

Butler, J. (2006) Gender Trouble. Routledge: London
Gorman-Murray, A. and Hopkins, P. (2014) Masculinities and Place. Ashgate: Farnham
Hopkins, P. (2010) Young People, Place and Identity. Routledge: London
McCleod, J. and Thomson, R. (2009) Researching Social Change. Sage: London
Nayak, A. and Kehily, M. J. (2013) Gender, Youth and Culture: Global Masculinities and Femininities. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
Richardson, M.J. (2015) Embodied intergenerationality: family position, place and masculinity. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 22(2): tbc
Richardson, M. J. (In Press) Theatre as safe space? Performing intergenerational narratives with men of Irish descent. Social and Cultural Geography, tbc
Vanderbeck, R. M. and Worth, N. (2015) Intergenerational Space. Routledge: London

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