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Geography 200

Social Geography

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4

Prerequisites: Geography 100 and 12 credits

Corequisite: English 100

Texts: a) Urban Social Geography. P. Knox and S. Pinch. Pearson, Essex, 2010. b) In Place/Out of Place: Geography, Ideology and Transgression. T. Cresswell. U of Minnesota P. Minneapolis, 1996. c) The Dictionary of Human Geography. Ed. by D.Gregory et al. Oxford, 2009.

Additional Readings: excerpts from Making Sense: A Student’s Guide to Research and Writing in Geography and Environmental Sciences, 6th ed. Toronto, 2015.


Course Description:

This course investigates the key concepts of, and approaches to, social geography – a rich and dynamic subfield of human geography. Social geographers conceptualize place and space as playing an active role in mediating social processes. In other words, space and society are mutually constituted. GEOG 200 investigates the role of space and place in the (re)production of identities, social hierarchies, exclusions and inclusions, and other social constructions in the contemporary context. From themes of gender, class, race, sexuality, and ability, across a variety of scales, this course will help you think critically about the role that geography plays in shaping our understandings of the world and each other.


Course Outline:

Week Title
Week 1 Introduction: What is Social Geography
Week 2 Space and Society
Week 3 The Body: the ‘geography closest in’
Week 4 The Body: ‘Other’ Bodies
Week 5 The Home
Week 6 Midterm
Week 7 Communities and Neighbourhoods
Week 8 Institutions
Week 9 Public Space and the Street
Week 10 The City
Week 11 The Nation
Week 12 The Transnational
Week 13 Course Conclusion
Week 14 Final Examination

Evaluation:

Participation 15%
Assignment 30%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final Exam 30%

Instructors:

Victoria Hodson, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (Simon Fraser)


Transferability: see www.bctransferguide.ca