People, Space & Identity
Run by School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Ms Sian Pierce
Overall aims and purpose
It is increasingly being recognised across a range of academic fields that geographical questions of space and identity are central to understanding modern society and the environmental, social, and other issues that face it. This module aims to provide an introduction to some key ideas, thinkers and contestations associated with people, space and identity. Starting from the standpoint that physical space shapes and is shaped through social practices, the module explores the
spatial turn' in the social sciences in general and geography in particular. It examines the interface between people, space and identity, peering into the social construction of space and the governance of space and identity. Focusing on both the natural and built environments, the module begins by exploring the theories of space and "the social and spatial ways in which identities have been constructed and contested "(Panelli, 2004 : 138)and examines how geographers have theorised about identity. The ensuing conflicts over contested spaces are examined as power and resistance come into play in the shaping, making and governance of space and identities. Underpinning this module is a critical review of processes and developments that characterise themediation of space' and the `making of identity' with their attendant conflicts and contestations. To this end, the module critically considers the cultural construction of space , geographies of identity and difference, as well as power, repression and resistance.
This module seeks to:
To introduce students to key issues and concepts in space and identity.
To encourage critical thinking relating to the ideas of a range of key thinkers on space and identity, applying a range of relevant literature
- To encourage reflecting on the social and cultural construction of identity, space and nature.
- To foreground contested spaces and identities and the political forces which shape them .
- Conceptualising the " body " and identity.
- Conceptualising space and place: Definitions of space, nature and landscape
- Theorising space: Key thinkers on space
- Theorising identity : Key thinkers
- Key thinkers on Space , landcape and nature
- The social and cultural production of space and identity
- The making and governance of spaces
- Conceptualising the " body"
- Contesting space: Exclusion and marginalisation,
(Standard Pass: D- to D+) a. No major omissions or inaccuracies in the deployment of information/skills. b. Some grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. c. Integration of theory/practice/information present intermittently in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. d. Use of primary literature.
(Average to high standard Pass: C- to B+) a. Much or most of the relevant information and skills accurately displayed. b. Good/adequate grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practical elements. c. Good/fair integration of theory/practice/information in the pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. d. Evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills. e. Critical use of primary and other literature cited in the lecture.
(Excellent standard First Class: A- to A**) a. An outstanding performance, exceptionally able. b. The relevant information accurately deployed. c. Excellent grasp of theoretical/conceptual/practice elements. d. Good integration of theory/practice/information in pursuit of the assessed work's objectives. e. Strong evidence of the use of creative and reflective skills. Critical use of literature beyond that cited in the lecture.
To identify key issues and concepts in space and identity
Describe and critically engage with the ideas of key thinkers on space and identity, applying a range of relevant literature
To reflect on the social and cultural construction of identity, space , nature and landscape.
To foreground contested spaces and identities and the political forces which shape them.
To conceptualise the "Body" and " identity"
To develop and present coherent and appropriate arguments in an exam format.
To synthesise and summarise Peer Reviewed literature and present in a seminar presentation.
|Individual seminar presentation||20.00|
|Field work Examined Task Presentation||0.00|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures 18 x 2 hours
Seminars 3 hours preparation 1hour presentation
Virtual Field visit 1 x 4 hours
Private and guided-self study.
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
- Develop and identify research question(s) and/or hypotheses as the basis for investigation.
- Conduct fieldwork and/or laboratory work competently with awareness of appropriate risk assessment and ethical considerations
- Consider issues from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Collect, analyse and interpret primary and/or secondary data using appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative techniques.
- Apply appropriate techniques for presenting spatial and/or temporal trends in data.
- Prepare effective maps, diagrams and visualizations.
- Undertake field and/or laboratory studies to ensure competence in basic experimental and/or fieldwork skills.
- Demonstrate awareness of the importance of risk assessment and relevant legislation
- Engagement with current subject developments and their application.
- Engage in debate and/or discussion with specialists and non-specialists using appropriate language.
- Demonstrate the independence and skills required for continuing professional development
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/dxx-2007.html
Pre- and Co-requisite Modules
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- L700: BA Geography year 2 (BA/GEOG)
- L701: BA Geography (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/GEOGIE)
Optional in courses:
- F800: BSC Geography year 2 (BSC/GEOG)
- F806: BSc Geography (4 yr with placement) year 2 (BSC/GEOG4)
- F802: BSc Geography (with International Experience) year 2 (BSC/GEOGIE)
- F801: MGeog Geography year 2 (MGEOG/G)
- F805: MGeog Geography with International Experience year 2 (MGEOG/GIE)