Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Michelle Duffy


Previously coded GES2760


This unit focuses on inequality and difference within cities and social spaces. It examines the importance of 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 social 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)

Michelle Duffy

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)
Geographical science
Urban, regional and international development


A first-year sequence in Geography or permission