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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to narratives of identity and location and their relation to ideas about space, place and memory in the context of cultural geography. Consideration will be given to how the coordinates of identity and belonging are mapped out across space and place. By undertaking a localized application of this imaginative and theoretical work with field trips, students will address their own landscape of belonging and their sense of place.

Unit content

Topic 1: Theories of space
Topic 2: Experiencing psychic, social and physical boundaries
Topic 3: The metropolis
Topic 4: Sprawl and suburbia
Topic 5: Consuming spaces and consuming identities
Topic 6: Enacting gender and sexuality in a geographical context
Topic 7: Spaces of memory: memorialising place
Topic 8: Discourses of hygiene and safety: mapping 'clean and proper' places
Topic 9: Travel and tourism: imagining place
Topic 10:Places on the margin

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate a sound understanding of contemporary sociocultural theories of space and place Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 comprehend the multiple interpretations of the meaning and significance of social space Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
3 recognise the importance of identity and subjectivity through the everyday experience of space, place and culture Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 Contextualise and analyse the historical and cultural formation of urban and non urban spaces Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
5 Demonstrate and communicate an awareness of the political, social and cultural dimensions of the practices of belonging and travel Creativity Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound understanding of contemporary sociocultural theories of space and place
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. comprehend the multiple interpretations of the meaning and significance of social space
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. recognise the importance of identity and subjectivity through the everyday experience of space, place and culture
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. Contextualise and analyse the historical and cultural formation of urban and non urban spaces
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. Demonstrate and communicate an awareness of the political, social and cultural dimensions of the practices of belonging and travel
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.