Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title SOCIAL AND CULTURAL GEOGRAPHIES
Code ENVS275
Coordinator Dr B Evans
Geography and Planning
Bethan.Evans@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2019-20 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

By the end of this module, we aim for you to:
Have an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;
Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;
Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;
Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;
Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;
Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical examples;
Have an appreciation of the range of methods used in social and cultural geographies.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Have an understanding of the sub-fields of social and cultural geographies;

(LO2) Be able to engage with philosophical debates within social and cultural geographies;

(LO3) Have developed skills in reading and writing critically;

(LO4) Be able to recognise the heterogeneity of social categories;

(LO5) Have an understanding of key concepts within the field including social construction, spatial contingency, performance, intersectionality, material cultures and mobilities;

(LO6) Be able to link theoretical debates with empirical (academic) examples.

(S1) Ethical awareness

(S2) Communication skills

(S3) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S4) Communication, listening and questioning respecting others, contributing to discussions


Syllabus

 

Indicative subject areas include the following (they may vary slightly according to staff expertise and recent developments in the research field): Theorising bodies, identities and power; Gender; Sexuality; Disability; Race; Ethnicity; Class; Body size; Media; Material Culture; Encounters; Mobilities. The main theoretical approaches introduced in this module draw on critical geographical thought, including feminist, queer theory, poststructural theory, disability theory, and postcolonial theory. The module builds on modules at first year and in first semester second year, including Research Frontiers in Human Geography and Principles and Theory in Geography. Teaching and learning strategies will include lectures, assigned readings (you will be required to read, and come to class ready to discuss, at least one academic article per week), workshops, small group discussions, and critical analysis of cultural texts (including TV shows, newspapers, music, magazines, material objects etc ). Suggested reading and relevant social media content will be hosted on vital. Assessment comprises two open book, seen question timed essays.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Weekly two or three hour lectures will include both lecture and small group work
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Unscheduled directed student hours includes time each week spent reading articles made available on vital, weekly tasks and preparation for the workshops and timed essays
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff): 122

Teaching Method 2 - Small Group Learning
Description: Workshops
Attendance Recorded: Yes

Teaching Method 3 - In-class, open book, seen question timed essay
Description: The assessment for block one takes place during the teaching weeks and is a timed essay. (Assessment 2 is also a timed essay but scheduled as an exam during the exam period so not included here in calculation of contact time.)
Attendance Recorded: Yes


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20

        2

2

122

146
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 4
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Assessment 1: In-class, timed Essay, seen question, open book There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedul  90 minutes.    50       
Assessment 2: seen question, open book exam There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester  90 minutes.    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             

Recommended Texts

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