The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook

Description

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.


Availability2019 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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


Content

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

(b) class

(c) gender

(d) sexuality

(e) age

(f) disability

(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

GEOG3090Society and SpaceSociety 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.FSCITFaculty of Science723School of Environmental and Life Sciences1030005940Semester 1 - 2019CALLAGHANCallaghan2019Either 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.Place and Place ManagementPlace, Space, Culture and Social RelationsThe Significance of NeighbourhoodsPrivileged NeighbourhoodsSocial Exclusion and Neighbourhoods/CitiesSocial Groups and SpaceSpatial patterns of advantage and disadvantageOppression and Politics of DifferenceEmbodiment, Intersectionality and PerformativityVisibility and InvisibilityCitizenship and social protest(a) race(b) class(c) gender(d) sexuality(e) age(f) disability(g) homelessnessEveryday spaces in the cityGeographies of everyday life(a) house and garden(b) sport and leisure(c) shopping and consumption(d) eating/ drinking YOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:1Analyse dynamics and patterns of social differentiation of large cities, inner city areas and suburbs.2Analyse spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage, through an examination of inequalities associated with race, gender, sexuality, age and disability;3Evaluate manifestations of everyday life in the city;4Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate the city and its patterns and problems;5Demonstrate a range of skills and methods relevant to geographical enquiry and communication, which may be transferable to other subject and employment areas;6Work in small groups to produce a professional report Report: Neighbourhood ReportTutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial summaries and critical reflections (Social group essay)Essay: Social group essayWritten Assignment: Student hazard matrix, Literature review, Everyday spaces poster CallaghanField StudyFace to Face Off Campus4hour(s)per Term0Full Term0Online ActivityOnline2hour(s)per Week for12Weeks0SeminarFace to Face On Campus2hour(s)per Week for12Weeks0


Assessment items

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


Contact hours

Callaghan

Field Study

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

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Seminar

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks