The module is an introduction to Human and Development geography and is delivered in weekly lectures/seminars. At the completion of the module, students should have:
A critical awareness of the temporal, spatial and ecological dimensions of modes of production; An understanding of the reciprocal interrelationships between people and environments; An understanding of the geographies of difference within the human world and their formative processes; An appreciation of the key geographical processes that form and characterize modern societies.
The module is split into two sections:
Section 1: Global Economic Change. Modes of Production and Spatial Inequality
Humans & the origins of society; from early civilizations to the rise of the nation state; gold and nature’s gold: the stuff of colonialism; experiences of colonialism: late Victorian holocaust; uneven geographical development. The making of the ‘Third World’; Introduction to Marxist political economy; the geographies of Fordism and Post-Fordism; geographies of money and capitalism.
Section 2: Re-imagining Nature: Society-Environment Geographies
From feudal to capitalist natures; landscape and the lie of the land; (un)sustainable development; cultural and political ecology; denaturalizing disasters; the hydro-social cycle; radical environmental praxis; post-humanism and the post-humanities; gender and the ‘natural order of things’; queering natures.
*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.
20 hours lectures, 10 hours seminars in Term 1
Module assessment - more information
2 hour exam (90%); In-Class assessments (10%)