This course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of
- Field Work
- Individual and/or Team Projects
- Small Groups Discussions
- Map Analysis
a) Traditions in human geography
b) Different approaches within social geography
c) Changing context for social geography
d) Restructuring society and space
- Urban Transformations
a) Economic change
b) Demographic change
c) Political change
d) Cultural change
- Culture and Work
a) What is culture?
b) Space, power and culture
c) Postmodernism and urban life
d) Postcolonialism and the city
a) Urban morphology and the physical arrangement of cities
b) Residential location theory and mobility issues
c) Difference and Inequality
d) Patterns of social well-being
- Urban Life
a) Urban life in western culture
b) Urbanism and social theory
c) Social interaction and social networks
- Neighbourhood and Community
a) Definitions and classifications
b) Social construction of place
c) Social meanings of the built environment
d) Fragility of community
- Crime and Disorder
a) Theories of deviant behaviour
b) Cognition and perception
c) Geography of urban crime
d) Role of the built environment
- ‘Race” and Ethnicity
a) Racism and discrimination
b) Spatial segregation of minority groups
c) Colonies, enclaves and Ghettos
- Place and Power
a) Public institutions and private life
b) Key actors in urban governance
c) Community power and the local state
d) Question of social justice
- Identity and Struggles for Place
a) Conflict and transgression
b) Place and resistance
c) Speaking from the margins
- Urban Transformations, Conflict and Possible Future(s)
a) Redevelopment and renewal
b) Social polarization
c) Informal urban economy
d) Urban social sustainability
- Synthesize the concepts, techniques and theories of social geography.
- Communicate effectively orally, graphically, in writing and using quantitative methods.
- Describe the development of social geography and explain the alternative paradigms of social geography
- Explain the concept of the spatial structuring of social differences and inequalities.
- Apply the concepts, methods and theories to different scales of geographic analysis.
- Describe and analyze the arrangements and patterns of different types of groups within society.
- Evaluate the most relevant issues and needs confronting different groups within society.
- Describe and analyze the concepts and spatial patterns of social transformation through the collection, interpretation and presentation of relevant geographic data.
The evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific evaluation criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of an evaluation scheme would be:
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Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students
Texts will be updated periodically. A typical example of a text would be:
Knox, P. L. (2000). Urban Social Geography: An Introduction. New York: John Wiley & Sons.