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GEOG381 Social Geography

Geographical aspects of major social issues facing modern Western society.

This course explores how inequalities are reproduced in societies, and how they are contested by groups and individuals. It is vital to understand how inequality is reproduced in societies in order to inform effective policy-making to create change towards a m ore equal world.
This course will equip you with analytical skills to explore and understand inequalities with a view to creating more equal futures.

Paper title Social Geography
Paper code GEOG381
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
GEOG 102 or 108 points
Restriction
GEOG 210
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sophie Bond
Paper Structure
GEOG 381 has three interconnected parts:
  • Part I situates social geography within the discipline of Geography
  • Part II explores axes of difference as intersecting categories of inequality (class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity)
  • Part III explores how individuals and groups negotiate identity, power and the choices people make to alter dominant and sometime unjust social relations through individual and collective action taken to address such inequalities
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures per week
Ten 50-minute tutorials throughout the semester

Assessment:

60% from internal
  • Library exercise 5%
  • Tutorial discussion 15%
  • Proposal 20%
  • Research report 20%
40% from final 2-hour examination
Textbooks
Recommended: Panelli, R. (2004) Social Geographies: From Difference to Action. London: Sage.

NOTE: The first half of the paper draws extensively on this text. You do not have to purchase it, but if you wish to, it is available at the University Bookshop. An eBook and hard copies of the book are available on reserve at Central Library.

Additional readings from a range of sources will also be prescribed and made available on Blackboard or through the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper is organised to achieve two objectives, namely:
  • To explore and analyse different approaches social geographers use to explain social difference
  • Apply theories of power, identity and action to contemporary everyday social geographies
In taking this paper you will:
  • Understand the theoretical traditions of social geographic thought
  • Understand the major debates and concepts in contemporary social geography
  • Be able to apply an appropriate theoretical approach to a real-world problem in social geography
  • Demonstrate how social geography intersects with everyday life
Eligibility
The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in Human Geography or related subject

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 14:00-14:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 10-15, 19-22
T2 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 10-15, 19-22
T3 Tuesday 16:00-16:50 10-15, 19-22

Geographical aspects of major social issues facing modern Western society.

This course explores how inequalities are reproduced in societies, and how they are contested by groups and individuals. It is vital to understand how inequality is reproduced in societies in order to inform effective policy-making to create change towards a m ore equal world.
This course will equip you with analytical skills to explore and understand inequalities with a view to creating more equal futures.

Paper title Social Geography
Paper code GEOG381
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
GEOG 102 or 108 points
Restriction
GEOG 210
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Eligibility
The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in Human Geography or related subject
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sophie Bond
Paper Structure
GEOG 381 has three interconnected parts:
  • Part I situates social geography within the discipline of Geography
  • Part II explores axes of difference as intersecting categories of inequality (class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity)
  • Part III explores how individuals and groups negotiate identity, power and the choices people make to alter dominant and sometime unjust social relations through individual and collective action taken to address such inequalities
Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures per week
Ten 50-minute tutorials throughout the semester

Assessment:

60% from internal
  • Library exercise 5%
  • Tutorial discussion 15%
  • Proposal 20%
  • Research report 20%
40% from final 2-hour examination
Textbooks
Recommended: Panelli, R. (2004) Social Geographies: From Difference to Action. London: Sage.

NOTE: The first half of the paper draws extensively on this text. You do not have to purchase it, but if you wish to, it is available at the University Bookshop. An eBook and hard copies of the book are available on reserve at Central Library.

Additional readings from a range of sources will also be prescribed and made available on Blackboard or through the library.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
This paper is organised to achieve two objectives, namely:
  • To explore and analyse different approaches social geographers use to explain social difference
  • Apply theories of power, identity and action to contemporary everyday social geographies
In taking this paper you will:
  • Understand the theoretical traditions of social geographic thought
  • Understand the major debates and concepts in contemporary social geography
  • Be able to apply an appropriate theoretical approach to a real-world problem in social geography
  • Demonstrate how social geography intersects with everyday life

^ Top of page

Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard