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Space, Politics and Power

Module titleSpace, Politics and Power
Module codeGEOM132
Academic year2024/5
Module staff

Dr Sean Carter (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


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Module description

This module explores the intersections of space, politics and power. In particular, it explores the contested geographies of power, politics, resistance, and justice at a number of spatial scales. You will be exposed to contemporary debates that academic staff in the Space, Politics and Society research group are engaged in researching.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module provides a research-led environment in which you can develop understandings of both theoretical and applied disciplinary debates in a range of topics, that broadly fall into the field or urban, political and social geography. The topics covered each year may vary, but they are all connected with a concern with the ways in which space, power and the political are variously analysed, experienced, and contested.

This module will help you to develop and extend your awareness of the importance of taught and learnt skills in strengthening employability potential, especially through the application of critical analytical skills to a range of contemporary political issues and events.

Furthermore, the module draws extensively and explicitly on the research expertise and experience of the teaching staff in the Space, Politics, and Society research group and through the assessments, students are encouraged to adopt inquiry-led approaches to understanding these issues.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Discuss the range and significance of work on the geographies of politics, ethics and justice
  • 2. Explain and discuss the contemporary debates surrounding the spatial dimensions of political thought
  • 3. Assess the implications of geographical research on political and ethical relations

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Apply geographical concepts to the interpretation and analysis of processes of spatial power and spatial politics
  • 5. Identify, evaluate and synthesise diverse perspectives on the different scales of political ethical life
  • 6. Draw upon relevant debates concerning methodological approaches to space, power and politics

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Identify, acquire, evaluate and synthesise data from a range of sources
  • 8. Evaluate contrasting theories in order to critically explore particular topics
  • 9. Evaluate and assess topics, showing consistency of argument and depth of analysis
  • 10. Develop independent learning skills including: self-directed reading, literature searches, and time management

Syllabus plan

Indicative topics include:

  • Introduction: space, power, politics
  • Visual geopolitics
  • Memory, Power and Politics
  • Environmental Geopolitics
  • Migration, Agency and Citizenship
  • Student Presentations
  • Assessment Workshop

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Seminars
Guided Independent Study128Self-directed reading, preparation and writing of assessments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual presentation10 minutes (including discussion)1-10Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Review Essay401500 words1-10Written
Coursework Essay602500 words1-10Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Review EssayReview Essay1-10Referral/deferral period
Coursework EssayCoursework Essay1-10Referral/deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. Where you have been deferred in a coursework project that was delivered in a non-textual format, you will complete a written summary of your project. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to resubmit the essay or the coursework project. Where you have been referred or deferred in a coursework project that was delivered in a non-textual format, you will complete a written summary of your project. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Barnett C et al. 2009 Rethinking the Public: innovations in research, theory and politics (Policy Press)

Cloke P et al. 2011 Globalising Responsibility (Wiley Blackwell)

Key words search

Politics, ethics, power, responsibility, justice, political geographies

Credit value15
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