Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

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

3. Understand manifestations of everyday life in the city;

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

5. Posses 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.


Place and Place Management

Place, Space, Culture and Social Relations

The Significance of Neighbourhoods

Privileged 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

(a) race






(g) homelessness

Everyday spaces in the city

Geographies of everyday life

(a) house and garden

(b)sport and leisure

(c) shopping and consumption

(d) eating/ drinking

Assumed knowledge

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.

Assessment items

Report: Neighbourhood Report

Essay: Social group essay

Written Assignment: Student hazard matrix, Literature review, Everyday spaces poster

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial summaries and critical reflections (Social group essay)

Contact hours


Field Study

Face to Face Off Campus 4 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 32 hour(s) per Term Full Term

4 hours per week for 4 weeks and 2 hours per week for 8 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks