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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Political Geography: Spaces of Memory
Module Code GY320
School 68
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Gerry O'Reilly
Semester 2: Gerry O'Reilly
Autumn: Gerry O'Reilly
Module TeachersGerry O'Reilly
Grania Shanahan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Consolidating underlying theories of sustainability, citizenship and human rights, and applied professional geography, this module surveys concepts of memory space and place, representation, power, contested interpretations and values, and symbolic capital, at individual, community, national and larger scales. These ideas are explored within Irish and European contexts and scales beyond, as with symbolic sites and memorials associated with nationalism, wars, Holocausts, post-Soviet Europe and civil and ethnic conflicts. Symbolic spaces for victors of the state, and attempts now to include 'victims' and the once excluded voices such as women, minorities, and the 'others' are encompassed. Case study work includes famine, Ireland and diaspora; slavery and its heritages; South African post-apartheid experiences, totalitarianisms, and imperialsim and post-colonial cultures. Research in geographies and histories of memory is applied in many great areas including input into organizing commoration events, conflict resolution, and parity of esteem constructs, peace processes and heritage and tourist related-industries as is recognized by UN, EU, Council of Europe and Irish institutions.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse how relationships between sustainability, citizenship, heritage, human rights, memory, space, place, representation, power and a symbolic capital, at individual, community, national and larger scales are interrelated
2. Understand, research and use sources and methodologies in political geography
3. Relate holistic geographical and political perspectives connecting official and non-official heritages, conflict resolution and many challenges due to processes of commodification of memory and symbolic places
4. Develop analyses from geographical perspectives enhancing mapping, written and digital presentation skills
5. Assess the roles and policies of Inter-governmental and Regional Organizations, and NGOs connected with promoting research relating to democracy, and heritage and tourism related industries

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture26Attending formal lectures and participating in virtual seminars
Assignment Completion24Planning, research and delivery of project. Preparation for and delivery of report or quiz
Independent Study40Independent reading and research
Independent Study35Private Study and Exam preparation
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

Indicative Content
Key geographical concepts and theories defining research in political geography and memory studies: competing centrifugal and binding forces; conflict, democracy and sustainable peacebuilding from local to international scales. Ireland: acknowledging its historical heritages, including famine and its colonial and post-colonial legacies in order to create its futures and policy making. Ireland, Europe and the rest of the world: sharing spaces and places of memory. Governmental organisations including UN, UNESCO, EU, Council of Europe, Irish Government Departments and public bodies, and NGO

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group project Individual and team work25%As required
AssignmentIndividual report or MCQ Loop based quizzes25%As required
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

    Other Resources

    30476, In Class, 0, Journal articles, key texts and other resources will be made available on loop,
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