Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Place, Culture and Society
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 2 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   100%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Describe the key concepts and debates relating to themes of place, culture, society and identity in human geography.

Demonstrate a clear understanding of contemporary debates on place, culture, society and identity in human geography.

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of case studies relating to the core themes of the module.

Brief description

This module will provide an introduction to key debates in social and cultural geography, focusing on themes of society, culture and identity and how these link to the concept of place. The introductory lectures in section 1 provide an overview and introduction to traditions of social and cultural geography, and an introduction to the concept of place. Section 2 of the module, 'Placing social difference', then considers the spatialities of identity in contemporary society. The lectures for this section focus on the relationship between society and geography considering explicitly: geographies of identity, societal difference and exclusion (covering race, gender and sexuality), transgression and resistance in public places (considering youth culture, homelessness and social action), and the geographies of the body (exploring identity through the scale of the body, focusing disability and age). The third section, 'Placing culture', focuses on the role of cultural practices and forms in shaping places and constructing the meanings of places, focussing on place and representation, mobility and place, globalization, consumption and place, and how Britain and Wales are understood and experienced as places at different scales.


Section 1: Introductory lectures
1. Place, culture and society: an introduction to social and cultural geographies
2. Place - Introduction

Section 2: Placing social difference
3. Society and place: introducing geographies of identity
4. Societal difference and exclusion
5. Transgression and resistance in contemporary society
6. Society and the body

Section 3: Placing culture
7. Place and Representation
8. Mobility and Place
9. Globalisation, Consumption and Place
10.Placing Britain and Britishness

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not explicitly developed in this module.
Communication The module will develop the students' skills of written communication in completing their written examination. In addition, students will develop their oral communication skills through team-working and class exercises.
Improving own Learning and Performance Student attendance and participation in the lectures will help them to enhance a range of learning skills. The module also requires students to undertake extensive self-directed study.
Information Technology Students will be required to undertake research for the module using bibliographic search-engines and library catalogues.
Personal Development and Career planning The module will help students to develop a range of transferable skills including time management, self-discipline, research planning and team-working in class exercises.
Problem solving The module will develop students' problem-solving skills in a number of ways. Students will be required to analyse a range of sources and texts in class exercises and as part of their independent research, and they will be required to complete small problem-solving exercises during the lectures.
Research skills Students are expected to research and synthesize a range of academic source material in preparing for classes and for their written examination.
Subject Specific Skills The module will enable students to develop and practice subject-specific skills which they have developed in semester one in modules such as 'Key skills in geography'.
Team work The lectures may include class-based problem-solving exercises and discussions which will provide opportunities for students to develop team-working skills and discuss their thoughts with the class.


This module is at CQFW Level 4