GEOG 2160 - Space and Society

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

Space and how we relate to and within it is a core idea that has been explored since the early nineteenth century when people began to identify and describe the earth's surface. Since then the relationship between space and society has evolved to include our multiple interactions from our bodies to place, including cities, neighbourhoods, and large cities. Factors such as the distribution of power and status in cities, how we interact in everyday life spaces such as home, sport, and shopping and how spaces of fear and crime affect us will all be considered in this course. We explore the impact of class, gender, sexuality, race, age and disability on our individual and societal understandings of space. The course will build student skills and ability to evaluate and synthesise information and enable them to understand how different spaces can affect and influence the management of key social issues such as poverty, housing and crime.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 2160
    Course Space and Society
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Course Description Space and how we relate to and within it is a core idea that has been explored since the early nineteenth century when people began to identify and describe the earth's surface. Since then the relationship between space and society has evolved to include our multiple interactions from our bodies to place, including cities, neighbourhoods, and large cities. Factors such as the distribution of power and status in cities, how we interact in everyday life spaces such as home, sport, and shopping and how spaces of fear and crime affect us will all be considered in this course. We explore the impact of class, gender, sexuality, race, age and disability on our individual and societal understandings of space. The course will build student skills and ability to evaluate and synthesise information and enable them to understand how different spaces can affect and influence the management of key social issues such as poverty, housing and crime.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Melissa Nursey-Bray

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate understanding of key concepts within and relationship between space and society.


    2. Demonstrate an understanding of spatial patterns of advantage and disadvantage, through an examination of inequalities associated with race, gender, sexuality, age and disability;


    3. Demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to apply concepts of space to social issues such as crime, poverty and housing,


    4. Apply a variety of theoretical approaches about space and society to evaluate urbanisation;


    5.  Build and apply a range of (transferable) skills and methods relevant to geographical and sociological enquiry and communication, which will be useful for other subject and employment areas, This will include the use, manipulation and computer mapping of census data; the interpretation of subjective data sources, and the presentation of material, including report writing, critical evaluation and analysis and synthesis

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1, 5
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    1, 2, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources


    There is no text book allocated to this course as a compulsory text.

     However we recommend the following as a key resource:


    The Journal called Society and Space


    and the book: Valentine, G (2001) Social Geographies: Space and Society

    Recommended Resources


    A number of additional reading resources will be provided to students as the course progresses
    Online Learning


    This course will make extensive use of Canvas for delivery and via lecture recording will also enable students to access all delivery online. Use of current videos and other online resources will be used to enhance student learning and interest in this course
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

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    Workload

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

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    Assessment Detail

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    Submission

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    Course content and delivery is aligned and amended according to student feedback
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