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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Society, Space and Inequality
Module Code GY212
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Susan Hegarty
Semester 2: Susan Hegarty
Autumn: Susan Hegarty
Module TeachersSusan Hegarty
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

Social geography is concerned with the ways in which social relations, social identities and social inequalities are produced and represented within specific spaces and places. This module analyses the various ways in which elements of human diversity such as gender, age, ethnicity and social class interact with and are constructed by space and place. In particular, this modules analyses how different social groups experience, use and are perceived in different spaces and places with a particular emphasis on inequality and social justice.

Learning Outcomes

1. Assess social class, social reproduction and social capital from the perspective of inequality
2. Analyse how different minority social groups experience space and are represented in space
3. Identify the existence of geographies of fear and assess the geography of crime in reality from the perspective of gender
4. Determine the ‘at risk spaces’ and ‘at risk factors’ of rape and sexual assault
5. Assess how the construction of space within institutions is based on the need for surveillance and is designed to control bodies (i.e. prisons, asylums, schools, workplace)
6. Recognise the role that geography plays in dictating leisure (i.e. design of shopping centres; geographies of going out)

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Independent Study101Independent Learning
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

What is social geography?
Definitions of social class, social reproduction and social capital

The geography of Travellers

Geographies of crime (burglary)
How crime is socially and spatially constructed?

Geographies of rape and sexual assault

Bodies, power and institutions
Schools, The workplace, The prison, The asylum

A Geography of shopping

Geographies of going out


Geographies of disability

Geographies of Institutions

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay submitted on Loop and a hard copy submitted to the School Administrator25%n/a
Short Answer QuestionsAn MCQ quiz25%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Del Casino, V., Thomas, M., Cloke, P and Panelli, R.,: 2011, A Companion to Social Geography, London, Wiley Blackwell,
  • Panelli, R.,: 2004, Social Geographies, Sage Publications Ltd, London,
  • Pain, R., Burke, M., Fuller, D., Gough, J., Macfarlane, R., and Mowl, G.,: 2001, Introducing Social Geographies, Arnold, London,
  • Valentine, G.: 0, Social Geographies: Space and Society, Prentice Hall, England,
  • Pain, R. H.,: 1997, Social geographies of women’s fear of crime’. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Bol. 22(2), pp. 231-244,
  • Valentine, G.,: 1989, ‘The geography of women’s fear’ Area, Vol. 21(4), pp. 385-390,
  • Whitzman, C.: 2007, ‘Stuck at the front door: gender, fear of crime and the challenge of creating safer space’. Environment and Planning A., Vol. 39, pp. 2715-2732,
  • Hubbard, P.,: 2005, ‘The geographies of ‘going out’: Emotion and embodiment in the evening economy’. In Davidson, J., Bondi, L. and Smith, M., (eds) Emotional Geographies., Aldershot, Ashgate,
  • Stratford, E.,: 2002, ‘On the edge: a tale of skaters and urban governance’. Social and Cultural Geography, Vol. 3(2), pp. 193-206,
  • Collins, D.C.A and Kearns, R. A.,: 2001, ‘Under curfew and under siege? Legal geographies of young people’. Geoforum, Vol 32, pp. 389-403,
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