Geographies of contestation and action and how groups from the local to global scales have initiated processes and practices to create alternative, more sustainable and equitable futures.
Contestation and social and environmental action are fundamental parts of a democratic society. Democratic ideals ensure that power is not abused; that equality, freedom and justice are core tenets of everyday life; and that basic needs are met. In this sense, democracy is understood in its traditional sense of 'power to the people'. Yet somehow, in contemporary society that seems idealistic. This paper will provide students with a critical understanding of the nature of contestation and action across scales and the opportunities and constraints that groups face in seeking a more equal and sustainable world in real political terms.
|Paper title||Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- GEOG 280 or 108 points of which at least 18 points must be at 200-level
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- May not be credited together with GEOG379 passed in 2014.
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sophie Bond
Teaching Staff: Dr Doug Hill; Professor Tony Binns
- Paper Structure
- This paper is organised into three parts: the foundations of critical geography; the
neoliberal present; and spaces of contestation, action and change. The paper explores
how neoliberalism has shaped central aspects of our social, political and economic
lives, as well as shaping how we think about different spaces - Aotearoa/New Zealand,
urban spaces and nature. It considers how what we've called the neoliberal present
has shaped opportunities for contestation and how the nature of these spaces of contestation
are conceptualised by critical geographers.
Drawing on a range of case studies from around the world, the paper will explore the role of civil society and social movements in creating spaces for change. In addition, we will explore how indigenous groups have claimed spaces to demand their sovereignty and autonomy within the context of ongoing processes of colonial and neoliberal global relations.
- Teaching Arrangements
- Lectures and tutorials.
One full-day symposium (a Saturday), at which attendance is compulsory.
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Readings are selected from a range of sources, including journals, books and edited collections. A reading list will be provided at the beginning of term, with most readings available through eReserve via Blackboard.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research,
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- Learning Outcomes
- This paper is organised to achieve four objectives - namely, to enable you to:
- Understand the history and place of critical thought in human geography
- Demonstrate the relevance of critical geographies in contemporary examples of contestation, action and change (with a particular focus on neoliberalisation in Aotearoa/New Zealand)
- Understand and apply key concepts in geographies of contestation, action, social movements and indigeneity to real-world examples from the local to the global scales
- Engage with and apply these concepts to the activities and struggles of local community groups