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GEOG3053 Geographies of Social Justice, Welfare and Rights

Module Overview

The module will introduce students to critical geographical themes as they relate to welfare, rights and social justice, including the state and territorialisation, community, confinement, deinstitutionalisation, landscapes of care, fragmentation and localism etc.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Introduce Year 3 geographers to critical geographical themes as they relate to welfare, rights and social justice, including the role of the state, the geographies of inclusion, community, deinstitutionalisation, care, fragmentation and localism etc.; • Complement the other health/wellbeing geography modules (GEOG 2027; 3010) by examining the socio-cultural, historical and political issues relating to the geographies of welfare and rights underpinning people's lives as citizens; • Help students to place themselves within the broader traditions of ‘critical social geography’; to encourage students to develop critical insights into the processes responsible for the evolution of places, landscapes and environments created by policy-makers and stakeholder groups; to provide an understanding of the importance of human geography in different contexts as a tradition which is contested and dynamic, so that students will have the confidence to challenge what has gone before and to develop critical and original thinking in relation to contemporary issues.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Think critically and originally
  • Critically engage with the key movements in philosophy and theory which have evolved in understanding the changing geographies of care
  • Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, ordered and motivated way
  • Be aware of the role and importance of evidence-based research
  • Produce a fluent and comprehensive written essay drawing together complex topics from across a range of issues
  • Build ideas into a coherent argument
  • Draw on the historical and contemporary breadth of geographical thought as it relates to issues of welfare, rights, social justice, and health and social care
  • Trace the nature of change in policy environments created by different states and actors over time
  • Recognise the nature of the discipline as dynamic, plural and contested;
  • Assess the impressive case for the importance of geographical perspectives on welfare reform;


Outline of Course All lectures but one will be provided by Dr Andrew Power. A guest lecture will be provided by Prof. Graham Moon. The scheduled order for this guest lecture may move around depending on staff availability during the term. 1. Introduction: Geographies of Difference and Inequity 2. The Geographies of Rights & the State: From ‘Control’ to ‘Care’ to ‘Citizenship’ 3. The Enduring Geographies of Poverty & Deprivation 4. Contemporary Geographies of Representation & Public Space 5. Geographies of the Welfare State & Voluntarism 6. Essay Preparation Seminars 7(a). Film: ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ 7(b). Mapping Social Inclusion & Disability 8. Thriving and Surviving in the Community: Housing, Welfare & Vulnerability 9. (Post)Asylum Geographies: The Enduring Legacies of Institutions (Guest lecture byProf. Graham Moon) 10. Youth Culture, Identity & the State 11. Living with Mental Health in the Post-Welfare State 12. Geographies of Family Care in the Community 13. Revision Session Seminars Christmas Holidays GEOG Exams – please check exam timetable in December

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Lecture Hall with projector and DVD player. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework  (3000 words) 65%
Exam  (60 minutes) 35%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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