GEOGY309-21A (HAM)

Gender, Place and Culture

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Paper Description

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The objective of this paper is to provide a forum for studying ‘difference’ in relation to gender, place and culture. To understand ‘difference’ we will draw on postmodernist, poststructuralist, anti­racist, postcolonial, Māori, feminist, queer, Marxist and socialist perspectives. The aim is to examine various ways of challenging, dismantling, and transforming systems and structures of exploitation, oppression and imperialism. Cultural and social geographers examine issues of discourse, power, justice, the body, difference, hybridity, transnationalism, actor networks, resistance, transgression, performance and representation.

The title of this paper, ‘Gender, Place and Culture’, was ‘borrowed’ from a journal that carries the same name. This journal began publishing in 1994. Two University of Waikato geographers – Professors Robyn Longhurst and Lynda Johnston - have held terms as Editors of the journal. Another staff member, Dr Gail Adams-Hutcheson, has been an editorial assistant. A full set is held in the University of Waikato Library. It is also available online. The journal is an excellent resource for students enrolled in this paper.

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Paper Structure

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This is an A semester paper. There will be Monday zoom discussions and a practical exercise/learning workshops on Fridays. Moodle will contain resources for your learning. It is expected that all students will have read the relevant material from the readings list prior to class so that we are able to engage in robust discussion.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning outcomes: Gender, Place and Culture

    • illustrate geographers’ concerns with difference, the transgression of boundaries and the intersections between gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, class and other social divisions;
    • open up a space to discuss feminism, masculinity, gender variance and cultural politics within the discipline of geography;
    • explore likely future developments in feminist, social and cultural geography;
    • be able to organise and communicate ideals in a logical and coherent way;
    • develop skills in critical reading and thinking;
    • be able to form independent opinions as well as the capacity to know when these opinions are worth defending and when they might better be revised.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1: Weekly reading questions and workshop participation
  • In Class: In Workshop
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Assessment 2: Emotion, identity and place: Autogeographical project
12 Apr 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Assessment 3: Presentation of your autogeographical project
21 May 2021
No set time
  • In Class: In Lecture
4. Assessment 4: Moodle quiz
11 Jun 2021
5:00 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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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Weekly readings are available online through Moodle / Talis Aspire at:­lists

Also, I highly recommended the following books:

Panelli, Ruth (2004) Social Geographies: From Difference to Action, Sage: London.

Valentine, Gill (2014) Social Geographies: Space and Society, Prentice Hall: Harlow

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Online Support

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Lecture power­points, assessment links and details, panopto recordings, and supplementary material are all available on Moodle for this paper. Also, Lynda uses Moodle to get in touch with class members about upcoming sessions, help, news or assignments etc. Therefore, I appreciate if you could please check Moodle regularly.
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This paper has three 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 hours a week on average working on the paper. This includes attending lectures, completing assessed work and reading.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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A number of you enrolled in this paper will have completed GEOGY209 Health, People Place. It provides a useful, but not imperative, platform for GEOGY309 because it builds on some of the key concepts taught in that paper such as ‘difference’, identity, and social/spatial relations. However, others papers in Human Geography such as GEOGY101 and in Gender and Sexuality Studies such as GNSEX101 Gender and Sexuality: Representations and Realities also feed usefully into material taught in GEOGY309.
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