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GES2760 - Place and the Politics of Identity

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dr Alexandra Gartrell


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


Place and the Politics of Identity focuses on the role that identity plays in geographical meanings of place, space and territory. It examines the importance of culture, including everyday beliefs and practices, in understanding contemporary urban processes and explores the growing claims for social justice amongst a range of groups within urban settings. In this subject students will become familiar with models of cultural geography that consider notions of difference, diversity and the practices of social institutions. These concepts will be explored through a range of global, national and local urban social movements to illustrate the importance of place.


This unit aims to familiarise students with issues, theories and debates in contemporary cultural geography. At the completion of the unit students should have developed the following skills and capacities:

  1. critical analysis
  2. effective communication
  3. identify and critically evaluate information
  4. ability to engage with theoretical debates
  5. apply theory to practical examples and case studies


Field Report (2,500) : 35%
Essay (1,500) : 25%
Participation : 20%
Examination : 20%

Contact hours

3 hour (2 hour workshop and 1 hour practical) per week plus compulsory fieldtrip


A first-year sequence in Geography or permission