GEOG2206 Social Geography and Planning

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit further develops key concepts and principles in human geography and planning by examining how socio-spatial differences (in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender and age) manifest within urban contexts, and how planners and policymakers respond. It provides students with an opportunity to critically reflect on the core theoretical perspectives in social geography and planning, and how these have been applied in different geographical contexts. Students are also introduced to analytical techniques such as indices of spatial segregation, as well as critical interpersonal tools for effective practice in urban policy and planning.
Students are able to (1) describe the common sociospatial processes shaping modern cities; (2) analyse the causes and policy/ planning implications of major urban social issues such as racial/ethnic difference and conflict, poverty and demographic diversity; (3) critique the competing theoretical perspectives on social geography including their strengths and limitations; (4) interpret sociospatial data from a range of sources such as population censuses and planning reports using qualitative and quantitative techniques; and (5) demonstrate proficiency in reflective and written communication skills for effective planning practice.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) essay; (2) workshop assessment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Sarah Prout Quicke
Unit rules
One of: GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
GEOG1104 Disasters!
approval of the Unit Coordinator.
PLNG2202 Social Geography and Planning
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week

Knox, P. and Pinch, S. Urban Social Geography: an Introduction, 5th edn: Pearson/Prentice-Hall 2006

A comprehensive reading list is supplied at the beginning of the unit.


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