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sow659 - Social Geography (Complete module description)
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Module label Social Geography
Module abbreviation sow659
Credit points 6.0 KP
Workload 180 h
Institute directory Department of Social Sciences
Applicability of the module
  • Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor) > Akzentsetzungsmodule
  • Dual-Subject Bachelor's Programme Social Studies (Bachelor) > Aufbaumodule
Responsible persons
  • Turner, Jennifer (module responsibility)
  • Lehrenden, Die im Modul (Prüfungsberechtigt)
Skills to be acquired in this module
The lecture course will introduce the module and introduce the theme of ‘cities’ in social geography. Subsequent lectures take 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.
The 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.

Module contents

The seminar course supports the lecture course by enabling students to ‘travel’ to three city locations and explore, in-depth, social geographies using a range of secondary resources including audio-visual, textual media and academic and popular resources.
Drawing from the three city examples, the seminar course uses a range of activities to grasp contested issues related to, for example, globalisation and colonialism, architecture and power, and environmental justice.
Students will complete three timed essays during the module (in slots in the lecture course) to demonstrate their learning. The final sessions of the lecture and seminar course will reflect crossing-cutting themes across the cities examined.

Recommended reading
  • Cloke, P., Crang, P. and Goodwin, M. (2014). (Eds.) Introducing Human Geographies. (3rd edition). London: Routledge.
  • Clifford, N., Cope, M., Gillespie, T. and French, S. (Eds.). (2016). Key Methods in Geography. London: Sage.
Language of instruction English
Duration (semesters) 1 Semester
Module frequency
Module capacity unlimited
Module level
Type of module
Teaching/Learning method
Previous knowledge
Examination Examination times Type of examination
Final exam of module

Portfolio comprising:
3 timed essays c.1500 words (each comprising 25% of the module mark)
1 pre-recorded presentation c.10 minutes (comprising 25% of the module mark)

Type of course Vorlesung und Seminar
Frequency SoSe oder WiSe
Workload Präsenzzeit 56 h