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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Michelle Duffy


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%

Chief examiner(s)

To be announced

Contact hours

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Human rights theory
International studies
Geography and environmental science (ARTS)


A first-year sequence in Geography or permission