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Seminar: 1.07.0981 Social Geographers and the City: Knowing Urban Spaces (Social Geography, Lehrsprache Englisch) - Details
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Course name Seminar: 1.07.0981 Social Geographers and the City: Knowing Urban Spaces (Social Geography, Lehrsprache Englisch)
Course number 1.07.0981
Semester SoSe2022
Current number of participants 13
expected number of participants 40
Home institute Department of Social Sciences
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Thu., 21.04.2022 16:15 - 17:45, Room: A04 4-411
Type/Form S 2SWS
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 3

Course location / Course dates

A04 4-411 Thu.. 16:15 - 17:45 (13x)

Module assignments


Geography is the study of spaces and places. It is a discipline that has often relied on fieldwork – or direct observation – in the study of the world around us. However, geographers have become increasingly interested in how we can experience and ‘know’ spaces, not simply by being there, but via representations: books, films, magazines, maps, music, policy reports and beyond. These resources provide a crucial window for knowing the world around us. This seminar course supports the lecture course ‘Social Geographies of Urban Space: Understanding Cities’ by enabling students to ‘travel’ to three city locations and explore, in-depth, their social geographies using a range of secondary resources including audio-visual, textual media and academic and popular resources (books and papers, to magazines, websites and brochures). Drawing from the three city examples of Liverpool, New York and Auckland – spanning Europe, America and Oceania; in the northern and southern hemisphere – this course deploys seminar-based and practical activities to build students’ knowledge of the cities as social spaces. It will enable them to grasp contested issues related to, for example, globalisation and colonialism, architecture and power, and environmental justice. Students will use their understanding of the social geographies of these cities to write three timed essays and produce a recorded presentation. 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.