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GEOG1003 Society, Culture and Space

Module Overview

To introduce students to social and economic change, cultural diversity and spatial organisation in cities and western societies.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply concepts of space and place to real-world social and political events.    
  • Appreciate the nature of change in the environments created by people.
  • Catalogue the range of human geography concepts and key thinkers as they apply to social and urban justice.
  • Analyse the merits of contrasting geographical theories.
  • Critically interpret primary and secondary geographical texts.
  • Peruse knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way.
  • Structure conceptual and empirical geographical material into a reasoned argument.
  • Understand the relationship between people and place


The module provides an introduction to two main fields in human geography - urban geography and social geography. The first part of the module examines major socio-economic change and its impact upon both the industrial and 'post-industrial' city including issues of community, inclusion, territorial conflict and segregation. The second part examines the growing cultural diversity of the advanced societies and its impact upon their geography. Topics for consideration include ethnic concentration, migration, LGBT communities, social polarization, the growth of surveillance strategies in cities and changing urban landscapes.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The Module is packed full of examples, short films, and illustrations to help you think about how you understand different concepts of geography, as well as how you think, what you do, and who you are!

Independent Study128
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 60%
Mid-term essay  (2000 words) 40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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