Fall 2021 - GEOG 241 D100

People, Place, Society (3)

Class Number: 4295

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 4150, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 100.



An introduction to key concepts and contexts in contemporary geographical approaches to social practices, meanings, and struggles. Breadth-Social Sciences.


Course Description

Amid a global pandemic and ongoing colonial violence, this course explores the power structures that shape our society and the forms through which people resist. The relationships we build to the places that we live and the people that live there inform our lives, our identities and our politics. In this class, we begin by considering the land that we reside upon: un-ceded Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh territories. If we begin by centering Indigenous conceptions of land, how does this alter our interpretations of the broader societal structures we live within and in relationship to?

In this course we will examine how geographies are informed by power asymmetries across space and scale. We will build an understanding of how racial capitalism, settler colonialism and other power structures shape places and inform the interrelationships between different groups of people. We will learn fundamental spatial and social concepts to understand how power operates under racial capitalism, and will pay particular attention to what it means to live within the settler colonial state of Canada, and in some instances focus on geographies from across the Americas.

By learning about colonialism, racism, migration, policing, (anti)Blackness, patriarchy, care, and intersectionality in the Canadian context, this course pushes students to consider their own embodied geographies and explore how to live in constellation with different struggles for justice.

There will be no tutorials the first week of class.


  • Reading responses 15%
  • Discussion questions 15%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Midterm Essay Exam 30%
  • Final Project 30%


Grading Scale

A+         [90% and above]                     A           [85 - 89.99%]                  A-          [80 - 84.99%]                
B+         [77- 79.99%]     B           [73 - 76.99%]                  B-        [70 - 72.99%]
C+         [67 - 69.99%]                     C        [63% - 66.99%]                 C-          [60 - 62.99%]                  
D           [50 - 59.99%]                      F            [49.99% and below]  



Course Readings
There is no required course textbook. All readings will be available on Canvas via hyperlink or in PDF form.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.