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Semester 1

Geographies of Mobility (GEGR10129)

Subject

Geography

College

SCE

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

4

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Course Summary

In this course, we will examine mobility as a geographical basis of social power- its creation, maintenance and transformation through an examination of mobility at various scales. Examples will range from the movement of the human body through various technologies of everyday mobility such as the car and the train to the contemporary concern with transitions to low carbon futures.

Course Description

In this course, we will examine mobility as a geographical basis of social power- its creation, maintenance and transformation through an examination of mobility at various scales. Examples will range from the movement of the human body through various technologies of everyday mobility such as the car and the train to the contemporary concern with transitions to low carbon futures. The dialectic relationship between society and space expressed in the idea of 'spatiality' will be central to the course. We will see how spaces and mobilities of one kind or another are created in order to produce power and particular kinds of relations between social groups. Examples include the politics of walking, the role of the railroad in the creation of American mythology, the threat of the tramp and vagabond and the significance of airport terminals to postmodern theory. In addition to an examination of power we will also look at the way space and mobility comes into play in the transformation of power through innovative forms of resistance such as dancing, joyriding, train-jumping. through these explorations we will focus on a range of historically marginalized groups including children, poor people, LGBTQ people, disabled people and ethnic and racial minorities. Students will come away from the course with the theoretical tools necessary to understand the variety of relations between mobility and power and a firm knowledge of the way this works on the ground.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

100% Coursework (4,000 words):The assessment will take the form of a reflective course journal with approximately eight 500-word entries. Students will be expected to demonstrate three skills in the entries which are mapped on to the learning outcomes for the course. These are: 1) critical engagement with key readings, 2) interpretation of news stories, video, films, creative literature, art or other forms of media in light of the themes developed in the lectures and through the readings, and 3) reflection on personal or shared life experience in relation to themes developed in the lectures and through the readings. Assessment deadlines:formative: Week 4summative: Week 11

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