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GEOG210 Social Geography

Geographical aspects of major social issues facing modern Western society.

This paper 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 toward a more equal world.

This paper 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 GEOG210
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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GEOG 102 or 108 points
GEOG 381
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sophie Bond
Paper Structure
GEOG 210 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 and power and the choices people make to alter dominant and sometimes 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


60% from internal
  • Written Exercise 15%
  • Tutorial Journal 20%
  • Library Exercise 5%
  • Research Essay 20%
40% from final 2-hour examination
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.
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Learning Outcomes
This paper is organised to achieve two objectives, namely:
  • To identify key theory and debates in social geography
  • To critically review geographies of difference, identity formation, unequal power relations and social action
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  • Gain an appreciation of the nature of geography as a social science
  • Become familiar with the theoretical traditions of social geographic thought
  • Gain an understanding of the major debates and concepts in contemporary social geography
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of how social geography intersects with everyday life
The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in human geography or a related subject.

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Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system