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 Space, Power and Culture
Code ENVS434
Coordinator Dr B Evans
Geography and Planning
Bethan.Evans@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 7 FHEQ Whole Session 15

Aims

The module aims to stimulate students to think critically about the dynamic relationships between power, space and cultural change in relation to various political and social issues. Following a module introduction andcontextual session, the module then focuses on a wide-ranging set of contemporary perspectives on geographical thinking concerning power, space andculture. These range from thinking about knowledge as power; power and everydaypolitics; the body, surveillance and power and the power of the non-humanworld. Drawing on the research expertise of staff and case studies in both the Global North and South, students learn various social theories regardingpower and apply them at different geographical and temporal scales .


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To gain knowledge of a wide range of social and geographical theories relating to power, space and culture

(LO2) To understand the role of power in relation to cultural forms at a range of scales

(LO3) To be to be independent in the process of learning by choosing the essay topics and working closely with academics

(LO4) To draw on evidence to support students' arguments

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) International awareness

(S3) Communication skills


Syllabus

 

Provisional module layout (depends on the availability of academic staff)
Block 1: Powerful introductions
1.Introduction– Thinking with Power 
2.Power in Geography

Block 2: Perspectives on Space, Power, Culture. This can change depending on staff specialisms. Core topics include the politics of knowledge, pre-emtive and affective politics, more than human power, infrastructures, and material politics.

Block 3: Perspectives on space, power and culture (exact topics may vary): mobilities, precarity, subaltern geographies and non-totalising power or the power to.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Reading based discussion sessions every other week across both semesters, facilitated online


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours             0
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 150
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
An essay around the concepts of power and space There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  2500 words    50       
Discuss and write up an essay topic, agreed with the module lecturers There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is not an anonymous assessment, as it i  2500 words    50       

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at readinglists.liverpool.ac.uk. Click here to access the reading lists for this module.