Political violence, inadequate education and health systems, and failed livelihoods have profoundly exacerbated social inequalities and led to widespread political disenchantment in large parts of the world. Gains made previously by women, LGBT communities, and historically disadvantaged ethnic and racial minorities have in some instances been lost. There has therefore never been a more important time to understand the nature of political institutions, their role in shaping human society, and social mobilisation at the grassroots. Geographers have a key role to play in showing how place, space, and the environment shapes and is in turn shaped by politics and social action.
Subjects in this pathway explore government and governance, civil society, health, education, migration, housing, cities, demography, youth, and inequality, building both on detailed regional knowledge and awareness of wider global, comparative trends.
Skills associated with this pathway
Graduates who have completed of the social and political geographies pathway will have gained theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand comparatively and at different scales key issues with respect to politics, territory, social mobilisation and social fields, especially issues pertaining to health, education, housing, and inequality.
Recommended course structure
Pathways are designed to help students identify geography subjects focused on a specific theme. Pathways are not formal degrees or qualifications, rather they are recommended groupings of similar or related subjects that students may choose to enrol in if they wish to develop an expertise in a specific topic of interest, or to build a particular skill base for their preferred career path.
- First year
GEOG20001: Society and environments
GEOG20003: Environmental politics and management
GEOG20011: Global inequalities in the Anthropocene
GEOG20012: Post-conflict development and difference
GEOG20010: China in transition
GEOG20016: Fertility, Mortality and Social Change
GEOG20017: Spatial Analysis in Geography
GEOG20008: Inside the City of Diversity
GEOG20013: Health Geography
SCIE20002: Human Sciences: Human/Nonhuman encounter
GEOG30019: Sustainable development
GEOG30007: China field class
GEOG30021: The disaster resilient city
GEOG30024: Africa: environment, development, people
GEOG30026: East Timor field class
GEOG30027: Local Sites, Global Connections
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