GEO2110 : Social Geographies

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


- 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)

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.

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.

Reading Lists