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.
Availability2022 Course Timetables
- Semester 2 - 2022
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Analyse dynamics and patterns of social differentiation of large cities, inner city areas and suburbs.
2. Analyse spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage, through an examination of inequalities associated with race, gender, sexuality, age and disability;
3. Evaluate manifestations of everyday life in the city;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate the city and its patterns and problems;
5. Demonstrate a range of skills and methods relevant to geographical enquiry and communication, which may be transferable to other subject and employment areas;
6. Work in small groups to produce a professional report
Place and Place Management
Place, Space, Culture and Social Relations
The Significance of Neighbourhoods
Social Exclusion and Neighbourhoods/Cities
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
Everyday spaces in the city
Geographies of everyday life
(a) house and garden
(b) sport and leisure
(c) shopping and consumption
(d) eating/ drinking
Either 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.
Report: Neighbourhood Report
Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial summaries and critical reflections (Social group essay)
Essay: Social group essay
Written Assignment: Student hazard matrix, Literature review, Everyday spaces poster
Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks
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