Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Culture and Society

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit introduces students to the field of Cultural Geography. Through an understanding of the main areas of study within the field, the study unit presents the main elements of cultural geography such as cultural politics, cultural landscapes and identify. The study-units selects a number of topics and areas of research within the field of cultural geography and takes the student through the development of the sub-field and its main outcomes of recent research.

Topics include gender and geography, race, the geography of sexuality, as well as topics on food and health geographies.

Study-unit Aims:

- To provide students with an understanding of the development of cultural geography as a main sub-field in Geography and examine in some detail some of the aspects related to cultural geography;
- To extend the knowledge framework within which culture operates.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- define cultural geography, cultural politics and culture landscapes;
- identify elements of culture and geographies in the natural and anthropogenic landscapes;
- describe the research agenda for cultural geography globally and nationally;
- understand in more depth key sub-fields in cultural geography such as gender, race and sexuality.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- develop models of spatial diffusion (of cultural phenomena and trends);
- analyse spatial trends in multiple cultural contexts;
- review and research academic literature;
- apply and identify geographic relationships in cultural studies.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:


- Mitchell, D. (2000) Cultural Geography A Critical Introduction. Blackwell Publishing.


- Bell, D. and Valentine, G. (Eds) (1995) Mapping Desires. Geographies of Sexuality London Routledge.
- Valentine, G. (2004) Public space and culture of childhood. Ashgate.
- Johnston, L., Longhurst, R. (2009) Space, Place, and Sex: Geographies of Sexualities. AltaMira Press.
- McDowell, L. (1998) Gender, Identity and Place: Understanding Feminist Geographies. Polity Press.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Sept. Asst Session Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Maria Attard
Deborah Mifsud


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