Module Details

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Code ENVS344
Coordinator Dr B Evans
Geography and Planning
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 15


This module aims to give students a sustained and critical understanding of the relationship between bodies, space and power, with a particular focus on Foucauldian approaches to critical public health. Building on ENVS275 Social and Cultural Geographies, the module will provide students with an in-depth engagement with critical theory (particularly feminist and poststructural theory) as applied to contemporary and historical examples surrounding public health.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Have an understanding of critical geographic approaches to bodies, spaces and power in relation to public health

(LO2) Have a basic understanding of key concepts in Foucault's work, including biopolitics, governmentality and surveillance.

(LO3) Understand how power relations in relation to gender, race, class, sexuality, disability and body size play out in relation to public health

(LO4) Have an understanding of the ways in which moral ideologies inform medical and public health knowledge and practice.

(LO5) Be able to apply theoretical debates to empirical (academic) examples

(LO6) Have developed skills in reading and writing critically

(LO7) Be able to provide critical commentary on the importance of politics and governance in relation to bodies and public health

(S1) Global perspectives demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens; locate, discuss, analyse, evaluate information from international sources; consider issues from a variety of cultural perspectives, consider ethical and social responsibility issues in international settings; value diversity of language and culture

(S2) Problem solving/ critical thinking/ creativity analysing facts and situations and applying creative thinking to develop appropriate solutions.

(S3) Ethical awareness

(S4) Communication skills



Indicative subject areas include the following:
Critical and embodied approaches to public health;
Histories of public health;
Introducing Foucault, power and health/medicine;
Discipline and surveillance;
Governmentality and care-of-the-self;
Biopolitics and normalisation;
Necropolitics, eugenics and racism;
Power/knowledge and pathologized spaces.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

e-lectures (asynchronous)
Synchronous online discussions
Independent study, including reading-based online quizzes

Teaching Schedule

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

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 130


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Narrated powerpoint presentation approx. 10 mins long (max. 12)  10 minutes    50       
Online, open book, reading based quizzes (weeks 6-10) approx. 15 questions per week, totalling approx. 75 questions/points (due week 10)  Approx. 75 questions    28       
Online, open book, reading based quizzes (weeks 1-5). Approx. 15 questions per week totalling approx. 60 questions/points overall. Released weekly but due week 10.  Approx. 60 questions    22       

Recommended Texts

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