|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||L700|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Geoffrey Deverteuil|
This module provides a detailed introduction to social geography, a key sub-field of the wider discipline of human geography. Whilst in theoretical terms social geography shares much overlap with cultural geography, not least in its approach to the themes of identity and socio-cultural ‘difference’, social geographical inquiry is distinguished from other fields of the discipline through its substantive focus on the spatiality of social divisions and disadvantage, and its corresponding concern with socio-spatial justice. The forms taken by these concerns are broad, including: the geographical expression and constitution of social polarisation and exclusion; the effects of population change on cities and neighbourhoods; the cultural and socio-economic impact of internal and international migration; the changing geographies of ‘work’ and of the relations between home and workspaces; the ‘new’ geographies of gender, ‘race’ and class and their various intersections; and the socio-spatial effects (urban and rural) of globalisation
The module will be delivered through a combination of 2-hour lectures and 1-hour discussion/seminars.
Type of assessment
Approx. date of Assessment
Apply one of the four social geographic themes (idea of the social, inequality, justice, methods) to a movie on social issues
Examination comprising a choice of 2 exam questions, 1 out of 4 and 1 out of 4, each weighed equally
The opportunity for reassessment in this module
Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
|Examination - Spring Semester||50||
Compulsory guided reading associated with each topic to supplement and deepen the taught component.
The lectures will focus upon specific topics within social geography:
Seminars will be based upon an amalgam of both classic and contemporary readings in social geography. Discussion in seminars will be structured to enable class members to take up and defend mock adversarial positions, allowing the honing of core analytical and debating skills.
Del Casino, V. (2009) Social Geography: A Critical Introduction, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Knox, P. and Pinch, S. (2010) Urban Social Geography. Sixth Edition
Parnelli, R. (2004) Social Geographies. London: Sage Publications.
Smith, S et al (2010) The Sage Handbook of Social Geographies. Sage: Thousand Oaks CA.
Valentine, G. (2001) Social Geographies: Space and Society. London: Prentice Hall.
Ley, D. (1983) A Social Geography of the City, New York: Harper and Row.
Philo, C. (1995) Off the Map: The Social Geography of Poverty in the UK, London: Child Poverty Action Group.
Sibley, D. (1995) Geographies of Exclusion: Society and Difference in the West, London: Routledge