Society and Space

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Society and Space

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Either GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 or SOCS2400. Students enrolled in B Arts - Human Geography and the Environment Major to have successfully completed GEOG1020 and GEOG2080 OR 20 units of 3000 level Directed courses from this major.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Society and Space studies the dynamics of large cities and urban places, in particular, their patterns of intra-urban social variation, their cultural construction, the distribution of power and status in cities and manifestations of everyday life such as home, sport, and shopping. The course reflects the three major themes of contemporary social and cultural geography, place and place management, social groups and space and everyday spaces. Through these themes issues of socio-spatial power are related to class, gender, sexuality, race, age and disability. The course employs a range of geographical methods and skills to evaluate and synthesise information about representations of the city and the social construction of urban space.
    This is the compulsory 3000 level capstone course for the Human Geography and the Environment major within the Bachelor of Arts program. This course will consolidate the knowledge and skills that students have acquired in previous courses for this major. Enrolment in this 3000 level capstone course is based on the expectation that students have successfully completed the 1000 and 2000 level compulsory courses for this major, or have successfully completed at least 20 units of 3000 level directed courses from this major.
    LEARNING OUTCOMES
    1. A grounding in the dynamics and patterns of social differentiation of large cities, inner city areas and suburbs.
    2. An understanding of spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage, through an examination of inequalities associated with race, gender, sexuality, age and disability;
    3. An understanding of manifestations of everyday life in the city;
    4. A variety of theoretical approaches with which to examine and evaluate the city and its patterns and problems;
    5. A range of skills and methods relevant to geographical enquiry and communication, which may be transferable to other subject and employment areas, including the use, manipulation and computer mapping of census data; the interpretation of subjective data sources, and the presentation of material, including report writing, critical evaluation and analysis and synthesis.
    CONTENT
    Place and Place Management
    Place, Space, Culture and Social Relations
    The Significance of Neighbourhoods
    Privileged Neighbourhoods
    Social Exclusion and Neighbourhoods/Cities
    Social Groups and Space
    Spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage
    Oppression and Politics of Difference
    Embodiment, Intersectionality and Performativity
    Visibility and Invisibility
    Citizenship and social protest
    (a) race
    (b)class
    (c)gender
    (d)sexuality
    (e)age
    (f)disability
    (g) homelessness
    Everyday spaces in the city
    Geographies of everyday life
    (a) house and garden
    (b)sport and leisure
    (c) shopping and consumption
    (d) eating/ drinking
    ASSUMED KNOWLEDGE
    Either GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 or SOCS2400. Students enrolled in B Arts - Human Geography and the Environment Major to have successfully completed GEOG1020 and GEOG2080 OR 20 units of 3000 level Directed courses from this major.
    ASSESSMENT ITEMS
    Report: Neighbourhood Report
    Essay: Social group essay
    Written Assignment: Student hazard matrix, Literature review, Everyday spaces poster
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial summaries and critical reflections (Social group essay)

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.