Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Place and Identity
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Group Poster Presentation  1,500 words  30%
Semester Assessment End of module assessment  70%
Supplementary Assessment End of module assessment  70%
Supplementary Assessment Poster Presentation  Poster presentation 1,500 words  30%

Learning Outcomes

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

Identify and explain the social, cultural and political forces shaping our geographic world.

Identify and evaluate the power relations connecting identity and place.

Apply a range of relevent theoretical ideas and conceptual literatures to case studies.

Synthesise and summarise information effectively and present in a poster format.

Develop and build coherent and concise arguments in and exam format.

Brief description

This module provides a critical introduction to a number of key themes in human geography. It explores the complex web of identity relations that constitute places and how those relations are imbued with relations of power. Case studies will be a key component of this module as staff will draw upon contemporary and historical events from their research to illustrate how identity relations can produce spatial outcomes that are opressive and/or exclusionary. Key themes will include:

· The relationship between geography and power.
· The relationship between geography and identity.
· Different forms of power and their effects on space.
· Key spatial objects in human geography: e.g., places, landscaped and cities.
· Key geographic concepts such as resistance, representation, development, mobility, consumption and exclusion.

On completion of this module students should have a broad understanding of the main concepts and concerns of human geography and how power place identity and politics are intimately connected.


The module is divided into weekly lectures and a number of active learning workshops to support student engagement with the assessment. It will be divided into three content blocks that will be related to staff research interests and expertise. Each lecture block will be followed by a two-hour workshop. Each block will explore the relationship between place and identity.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Not explicitly, although this may well come into course content on occasion.
Communication Yes; written communication skills for the assessments; oral communication for poster presentations and through class discussions etc.
Improving own Learning and Performance Yes, through practical sessions attached to the module focussed on supporting content and study skills.
Information Technology Yes through the production of the coursework, and making use of VLEs
Personal Development and Career planning Yes, with applied knowledge / employability-focussed practicals.
Problem solving Yes, through course content.
Research skills Yes, through engaging with current research to produce the essay and revise for the exam.
Subject Specific Skills Yes, engagement with current theoretical ideas.
Team work Yes, through poster group presentation


This module is at CQFW Level 4