GEOGY500-21A (NET)

People, Place, Power

30 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Geography

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Paper Description

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The subject of embodiment has been part of gender and feminist geographers' research agendas for more than three decades. The paper begins with an introduction to various theories (such as phenomenology, poststructuralism, feminism, intersectionality, and psychoanalysis) on the body. The objective is to examine how and why geographers and other social scientists have become interested in the body. We address such questions as: what is the specificity of geographers’ perspective on the body? In what ways do bodies construct places and vice versa?

Following this we analyse a number of specific aspects of embodiment including sexed and gendered bodies, body size and shape, home bodies, bodies at work, young bodies, ‘racialised’ bodies, sporting bodies, (dis)abled bodies, bodies and cities, animal bodies and the end of the body – death. During each of the sessions we will focus attention on the ways in which ‘place matters’ (whether it be online places or material places) to bodies, that is, the mutually constituted relationship between bodies and places.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught primarily online but with regular zoom drop-ins where we meet as a group. It will be extremely helpful for you to also participate in some mini coffee / tea groups among yourselves, even if you do it virtually. Conversations are a very important way for you to grapple with ideas and readings and help you test your own ideas out loud. These conversations need to be safe to express views and perspectives and work best when everyone participates and supports each other to learn. It is important to come with an open mind as the position you think you have may change as you learn and converse with others. Our ideas are strengthened by being exposed to other ideas. The online material provides you with a Starter Kit of readings and videos but as you settle on your own topic area then you will develop your own individualised reading list. Please don't hesitate to see me or have a chat by phone or zoom or text or messenger. The quickest way to contact me for either a face to face meeting or a zoom meeting is by email lynda.johnston@waikato.ac.nz. I will be on the Hamilton campus on Fridays and my room is I.2.07. I am also open to drop in visits if you see my office door open.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • illustrate the study of ‘the body’ within the discipline of geography.
    Students will be encouraged to think critically in order to re-conceptualise both ‘the body’, and the discipline of geography in ways that address power.
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  • enable students to contribute to debates around poststructuralism, postcolonialism, identity, feminism, queer theory, decoloniality, politics and representation currently occurring within the discipline.
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  • think critically in order to re-conceptualise both ‘the body’, and the discipline of geography in ways that address power.
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  • explore some of the recent ‘embodied geographies of difference’ and to look at how this difference both shapes, and is shaped by, space.
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  • develop skills in critical reading and thinking.
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  • 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.
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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. 1: Participation: weekly reading summaries and questions
20
  • Online: Moodle Forum Discussion
2. 2: Body theorists: Essay
12 Apr 2021
11:30 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. 3: Video recorded presentation
25
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
4. 4: Research project
4 Jun 2021
11:30 PM
30
  • 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 Readings

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Weekly readings are available online through Moodle / Talis Aspire at: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/library/reading­lists
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Other Resources

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I will provide all resources via our Moodle page
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Online Support

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The Moodle site has a starter kit of readings and video material. I am available by zoom. Technology support is available via the Moodle site.

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Workload

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Weekly hours Paper hours
Zoom drop-ins 1 hour a week 13
Small conversation groups 4 x 1 hour each 4
One on one session with Lecturer as arranged 1
Readings, Moodle resources 8 hours x 14 weeks 112
Independent Research 6 hours on average 90
Assignments 5/6 hours on average 80
Total300
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Restricted papers: GEOG515, GEOG519

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