Spring 2023 - GEOG 241 D100

People, Place, Society (3)

Class Number: 2508

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 4 – Apr 11, 2023: Thu, 2:30–4:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2023
    Mon, 5:00–5:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 100.



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


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. Our relationships 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 places are informed by power asymmetries across space and scale. We will build an understanding of how racial capitalism, settler colonialism, hetero-patriarchy and other power structures structure space 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 20%
  • Discussion questions 10%
  • Class Participation 10%
  • Midterm Essay Exam 30%
  • Final Project 30%


Grading Scale

A+        [95% and above]                    

A          [90-94.99%]                 

A-         [85 - 89.99%]                

B+        [80-84.99%]    

B          [75 - 79.99%]                 

B-        [70 - 74.99%]

C+        [65 - 69.99%]                    

C        [60% - 64.99%]               

C-         [55 - 59.99%]                   

D          [50 – 54.99%]                     

F          [49.99% and below]




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


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


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