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Lecture: 1.07.097 Social Geographies of Urban Space: Understanding Cities (Social Geography, Lehrsprache Englisch) - Details
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Course name Lecture: 1.07.097 Social Geographies of Urban Space: Understanding Cities (Social Geography, Lehrsprache Englisch)
Course number 1.07.097
Semester SoSe2023
Current number of participants 16
maximum number of participants 40
Home institute Department of Social Sciences
Courses type Lecture in category Teaching
First date Thursday, 13.04.2023 14:15 - 15:45, Room: A04 4-411
Type/Form V 2SWS
Lehrsprache englisch

Rooms and times

A04 4-411
Thursday: 14:15 - 15:45, weekly (13x)
No room preference
Monday, 15.05.2023 09:00 - 09:30

Module assignments


Social geography – the study of how space and society interact – is an applied subject. It examines lived experiences, performances, and practises of power in ‘real world’ settings. One crucial setting in which social geography can be examined and explored is the city. Cities are urban spaces – those where the landscape is built-up, and populations are dense. But cities are also unique. Each city has a social shape, deriving from its history, economy, culture, links to other cities, and so on. This course explores three cities as a lens for examining social geographies in-depth, through detailed empirical examples. This allows students to gain knowledge of how social geographies take place in the city, and how cities are spaces of social contestation. The course offers an introductory lecture, attending to the theme of ‘cities’ in social geography, before taking students on a geographical tour of three world cities - Liverpool, New York and Auckland – spanning Europe, America and Oceania; in the northern and southern hemisphere. Lectures will explore these cities to introduce several major themes in social geography including 1) relations between the global and local; 2) tourism, heritage and memory, 3) sustainability and the environment. Students will then use their understanding of the social geographies of these cities to write three timed essays and produce a recorded presentation. This syllabus directly supports the course ‘Social Geographers and the City: Knowing Urban Spaces’, which runs concurrently. In this course students will deepen their knowledge of the three cities and their social geographies through a range of seminar activities that allow virtual engagement with each city. The module portfolio relies on proactive engagement and reading, and students are strongly advised to attend all lecture and seminar sessions in order to maximise their marks.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "sow659 SE1 Social Geography SS".
Die Eintragung in dieses Seminar ist Bedingung für die Teilnahme am Seminar 1.07.0971 des Moduls.
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The following categories of people are preferred during seat allocation:

    Higher semesters will be preferred.
  • The enrolment is possible from 01.03.2023, 13:45 to 13.05.2023, 23:59.
  • At least one of these conditions must be fulfilled for enrolment:
    • Degree is Austausch and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
    • Subject is European Studies in Global Perspectives
    • Degree is Zwei-Fächer-Bachelor and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
    • Degree is Fach-Bachelor and Subject is Sozialwissenschaften
    • Degree is Master of Education (Wirtschaftspädagogik) and Subject is Politik
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 24.03.2023 on 01:30. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.