GEOGY101-19B (HAM)

People and Place

15 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to the rich field of social and cultural geography through the lens of perspectives. Lectures will introduce students to contemporary human geography topics that link to the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals focused on – people, places, processes – and to the ways in which perspective shapes what is ‘seen’ and understood.

We draw on current research in social and cultural geography including, for example, connections, interrelations and movements of different people in a range of places and spaces. Particular attention will be paid to the relationship between place and social identities (gender, race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, age etc) and how these link to UNDP Sustainable Development Goals .

Representations of people and places are considered by examining maps, music, video and other cultural texts. In introducing students to different perspectives in geography, students will be exposed to the ways people and places can be described and understood.

The paper provides opportunity for individual initiative and is intended to be challenging, stimulating and enjoyable. While it forms a base for more specialised papers at second and third year levels, the paper also forms a coherent unit for students not planning to advance in geography.

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Paper Structure

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This is a B semester paper. The paper consists of:

  • one weekly two-hour ‘lecture’ which offers a combination of lecturing, group tasks, and discussion (12 in total);
  • one weekly two-hour lab which offers a combination of individual and group tasks, discussion, and assessment (8 in total).
The lectures and labs cover different material and all contribute to the content of the final (30%) exam. The detailed schedule of dates, times and rooms for all classes and the topics for all classes is available later in this paper outline.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • illustrate ‘why geography matters’ through consideration of the ways in which people make places, and places make people;
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  • understand how geography matters in the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals
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  • provide a broad understanding of core concepts and current debates in contemporary geography;
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  • form independent and academically-sound opinions;
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  • provide an intellectual foundation of core concepts and current debates in social and cultural geography for more specialised second and third-year papers.
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Read all assignment instructions carefully. Seek clarification if you are not sure what is expected.

Students will sit a three-hour exam. The exam is worth 30 % of the final grade.
The format for the exam is:
  • Section A: short answer questions (20 marks)
  • Section B: paragraph answer questions (50 marks)
  • Section C: one essay (30 marks)
Students will be notified when examination dates are set by the Examinations Office of the University of Waikato.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Lecture participation
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Assessment 2: Digital images
13 Aug 2019
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
3. Assessment 3: Journal Article ‘School Days’
24 Sep 2019
4:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Hand-in: Assignment Box
4. Labs (8 x 3.5%)
  • In Class: In Lab
5. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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There is no text book used in this paper. Some documents will be available in pdf format on the class server (Moodle) and you may print these off for individual study if you wish. Other readings will be recommended for you during class/lectures/labs.
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Recommended Readings

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The following book has been placed on Course Reserve in the Library for your general reference:
Waitt, G., McGuirk, P., Dunn, K., Hartig, K. and Burnley, I. 2000: Introducing Human Geography. Longman, Sydney.

The following books are available as electronic books (eBooks) via the University of Waikato Library Catalogue.
Gregory, D., Johnston, R.J., Pratt, G., Watts, M. and Whatmore, S. (eds) 2009: The Dictionary of Human Geography, 5th Edition. Blackwell, Malden, MA.
Thrift, N. and R. Kitchin (eds) 2009: The International Encyclopedia of Human Geography. Elsevier Science, Oxford.

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Online Support

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Paper materials will be made available to students via Moodle. Such materials include important announcements and documents (including the paper outline, lab manual, and lecture notes).

PLEASE NOTE that while lecture material will be made available to students via Moodle they may not be posted online until after a given lecture. Furthermore, the notes made available on Moodle may not be an exact copy of the lecture as presented in class; for example, staff may choose to remove PowerPoint slides prior to posting the lecture on Moodle. Lectures will be recorded via Panopto.

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This paper has four contact hours weekly. Students are expected to attend sessions and complete the required readings. If we consider that the ‘normal’ annual load for a BSocSc is seven papers we can then calculate that on the basis of a 16 week semester (including recess and study periods) the student should spend around 10-12 hours a week on average working on the paper. This includes attending lectures, completing assessed work and reading.
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