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GEOG376 Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change

Semester Two 18 points

Lectures: Wednesday & Thursday: 1pm – 1.50pm
Tutorials: one 50 minute tutorial per week
Seminar: Saturday 17 August – 9am – 2.50pm

Course Coordinator: Dr Sophie Bond – sophie.bond@otago.ac.nz  


George Monbiot The Guardian Monday 30th September 2013 Image by Daniel PudlesThis course will explore the geographies of contestation, action and change in the context of shifting opportunities to dissent. It will explore how groups from the local to the global scale have initiated processes and practices to put forward alternative geographic imaginaries that contest dominant discourses that perpetuate environmental degradation and social inequalities.

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Details

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
Paper code GEOG376
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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Prerequisite
GEOG 280 or 108 points of which at least 18 points must be at 200-level
Restriction
GEOG 276
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Notes
May not be credited together with GEOG379 passed in 2014.
Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sophie Bond
Teaching Staff: Dr Doug Hill

Paper Structure

The paper is organised into four parts:

  • Part I: The foundations of critical geography
  • Part II: The neoliberal present
  • Part III: Spaces of contestation, action and change
  • Part IV: Conclusion: Geographies of action and change

Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination)

Teaching Arrangements

Two 50-minute lectures per week

Seven 50-minute tutorials in scheduled weeks run over the 13 weeks of semester

One full-day symposium (a Saturday), at which attendance is compulsory

Textbooks
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, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

This paper is organised to achieve four objectives - namely, to enable you to:

  1. Understand the history and place of critical thought in human geography
  2. Demonstrate the relevance of critical geographies in contemporary examples of contestation, action and change (with a particular focus on neoliberalisation in Aotearoa/New Zealand)
  3. 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
  4. Engage with and apply these concepts to the activities and struggles of local community groups

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Timetable

Second Semester

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

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41

Seminar

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Saturday 10:00-14:50 36

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 12:00-12:50 29-30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T2 Monday 13:00-13:50 29-30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
T3 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 29-30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41