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
Geog 20001: Society and environments - core
Geog 20003: Environmental politics and management - core
Geog 20011: Global inequalities in the Anthropocene - core
Geog 20012: Post-conflict development and difference - supplementary
Geog 20010: China in transition - supplementary
Geog 30019: Sustainable development - core
Geog 30007: China field class - core
Geog 30021: The disaster resilient city - supplementary
Geog 30024: Africa: environment, development, people - supplementary
Geog 30026: East Timor field class - supplementary
Further study or research
Where could this pathway take you? Here is a selection of possible careers.
- Wealth and Inequality
- Climate change
- Disaster resilience
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