Space and Power

Subject 121-314 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Undergraduate
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This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Six hours of lectures and tutorials per week
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Prerequisites: 25 points of second year level geography study, or by permission of the subject coordinator.
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Rachel Hughes
Subject Overview:

This subject provides an intensive examination of the ways in which power is exercised through space, place and landscape; from the everyday spatial scales of, for example, houses, shopping malls, civic buildings, to questions of public space and landscape (scales and constructions of community space and city space), to the scale of nations and the globalised flows and contests over space between nations. This subject combines field classes at local and virtual sites with critical examinations of geographical theory and literatures. Important concepts include: the social construction of places and selves, public and private space, gender and spatiality, the regulation of bodies, landscape as a way of seeing. Topics to be studied in field classes and critical discussion include spaces and places of memory, regimes of consumption in city spaces and the role of surveillance and code in everyday spaces. These themes will be elaborated by way of specific examples drawn from Australia and overseas. Students who complete this subject will develop skills in qualitative and interpretive analytical methods and critical thinking, be familiar with relevant theoretical concepts from human geography and elsewhere, and be adept at integrating theoretical concepts with empirical case material. Their skills at integrating theoretical and empirical material will be particularly enhanced by participation in studio classes.

Assessment: A written essay 4000 words, 60% (due at the end of semester) and studio papers totalling 4000 words, 40% (due during semester).
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:
  • be capable in presenting their ideas and their research;

  • be capable of critical reading;

  • be capable of thinking, writing and speaking in theoretical terms;

  • be capable in written communication


Students who have completed 121-228 Space, Power, Culture are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Geography)

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