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|
|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|
- GEOG 102 or 108 points
- GEOG 210
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- The content of the paper assumes that students have undertaken at least one introductory paper in Human Geography or related subject
- More information link
- View further information about GEOG 381
- 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
60% from internal
- Library exercise 5%
- Tutorial discussion 15%
- Proposal 20%
- Research report 20%
- Recommended: Panelli, R. (2004) Social Geographies: From Difference to Action. London:
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
- 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