Spring 2016 - GEOG 420 D100

Cultural Geography (4)

Class Number: 8604

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    HCC 2205, Vancouver

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 23, 2016
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    HCC 1600, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 325 or 381 or 387.



A critical study of selected cultural landscapes, practices and meanings in light of recent theoretical developments in geography.


In this course, we will attempt to practice cultural geography in a Vancouver setting. To do that, we will first have to figure out what we mean by ‘practice’ and who or what gets to ‘practice’ the making of spaces and places. Though we might end up having a productive disagreement as a class (unless we reach some consensus, which, given the state of human geography as a discipline, is not likely), I will propose in the second half of the class that we channel our possible tension into projects in cultural geography in Vancouver. Students will have an opportunity to choose case studies from Vancouver, including (but not limited to) geographies of affordable housing, the international property market, ethnic and migrant communities, intercultural initiatives, mediated publics, spaces of consumption, gendered spaces, simulacra, etc., and the final assignment will be a project to be submitted in some material form, either as a paper or in a creative medium discussed with the instructor.


  • Weekly Reading Reflections 20%
  • Literature Review 30%
  • Final Project (10% proposal, 15% presentation, 25% final form) 50%



de Certeau, Michel. 2011. The Practice of Everyday Life, 3rd ed., trans. Steven Rendall. Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press. ISBN 9780520271456.

Ley, David. 2010. Millionaire Migrants: Trans-Pacific Life Lines. Oxford: Blackwell. ISBN 9781405192927.

Journal articles to be accessed online.

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