Fall 2017 - GEOG 420 D100

Cultural Geography (4)

Class Number: 4168

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
    WMC 3210, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 14, 2017
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Paul Kingsbury
    pkingsbu@sfu.ca
    1 778 782-3717
    Office: RCB: 7140
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 325 or 381 or 387.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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

COURSE DETAILS:

This course will investigate the major conceptual and empirical issues in cultural geography: one of the most lively and innovative subfields in contemporary human geography.  Radically modified since the 1980s by the spatial and cultural turns in the social sciences and humanities, cultural geography explores the produced, contested, embodied, emotional, and representational spaces that comprise peoples’ lives.  Today, then, it is futile to understand cultural geography as a homogenous subfield with discrete theoretical, substantive, and methodological trajectories and boundaries.  Rather, cultural geography involves unfolding and engaging styles of thinking and doing that attend to the cultural dimensions of structured yet dynamic materials, meanings, and practices that comprise our everyday lives.  Beginning with the emergence of cultural geography during the 1920s, we will explore, theoretically and empirically, the following interrelated themes and objects of analysis: ‘new’ and ‘old’ cultural geography; literary theory and landscapes; Marxism and materialism; feminism and gender; post-structuralism and power; psychoanalysis and love; post-colonialism and race.

Course Organization Two hours of lecture and one hour of tutorial each week.

Notes:
There will be NO tutorials during the first week of class.

Grading

  • Tutorial Participation: 20%
  • Midterm Exam: 20%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Research Paper: 30%

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Journal articles (available online).

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