Society and Space

Course code GEOG3090Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Society and Space studies the dynamics of large cities and urban places, in particular, their patterns of intra-urban social variation, their cultural construction, the distribution of power and status in cities and manifestations of everyday life such as home, sport, and shopping. The course reflects the three major themes of contemporary social and cultural geography, place and place management, social groups and space and everyday spaces. Through these themes issues of socio-spatial power are related to class, gender, sexuality, race, age and disability. The course employs a range of geographical methods and skills to evaluate and synthesise information about representations of the city and the social construction of urban space.

This is the compulsory 3000 level capstone course for the Human Geography and the Environment major within the Bachelor of Arts program. This course will consolidate the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in previous courses for this major. Enrolment in this 3000 level capstone course is based on the expectation that students have successfully completed the 1000 and 2000 level compulsory courses for this major, or have successfully completed at least 20 units of 3000 level directed courses from this major.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesTo provide students with:

1. a grounding in the dynamics and patterns of social differentiation of large cities, inner city areas and suburbs.

2. an understanding of spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage, through an examination of inequalities associated with race, gender, sexuality, age and disability;

3. an understanding of manifestations of everyday life in the city;

4. a variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate the city and its patterns and problems;

5. a range of skills and methods relevant to geographical enquiry and communication, which may be transferable to other subject and employment areas, including the use, manipulation and computer mapping of census data; the interpretation of subjective data sources, and the presentation of material, including report writing, critical evaluation and analysis and synthesis.
Content(1) Place and Place Management
- Place, Space, Culture and Social Relations
- The Significance of Neighbourhoods
- Privileged Neighbourhoods
- Social Exclusion and Neighbourhoods/Cities

(2) Social Groups and Space
- Spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage
- Oppression and Politics of Difference
- Embodiment, Intersectionality and Performativity
- Visibility and Invisibility
- Citizenship and social protest
(a) race
(g) homelessness

(3)Everyday spaces in the city
- Geographies of everyday life
(a) house and garden
(b)sport and leisure
(c) shopping and consumption
(d) eating/ drinking
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeEither GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 or SOCS2400.
Students enrolled in B Arts - Human Geography and the Environment Major to have successfully completed GEOG1020 and GEOG2080 OR 20 units of 3000 level Directed courses from this major.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Contact HoursLecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Field Study: for 4 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG3090