Module Identifier GG25610  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Bill Edwards  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Martin Jones, Dr Michael Woods  
Course delivery Lecture   18 Hours 12 x 2 hours  
  Seminars / Tutorials   6 Hours  
Assessment Supplementary examination   2 Hours Same format i.e. three sections. Answer one question from each section.   100%  
  Exam   2 Hours Two hour unseen examination - three sections. Answer one question from each section.   100%  

Module Aims

Against a background of global change, this module aims to examine and interpret the key changes taking place in Britain's contemporary capitalist space economy and its associated social and political order.

Brief description

Change has characterised the economic, social and political landscape in the late twentieth century producing a distinctive and uneven geography in most nations. Understanding of the processes driving these changes and recognition of the importance of locality and region has led to new conceptual and theoretical insights in the social sciences to which geographers are major contributors. This module explores the interconnection of economic, social and political processes in the shaping of region and locality in Britain within the context of a globalising space economy. The themes to be addressed include:


  1. Perspectives on post-war change: globalisation and national response
  2. Geographies of production 1: deindustrialisation and reindustrialisation
  3. Geographies of production 2: new industrial spaces
  4. Labour market geographies


  1. Geographies of life style and class
  2. Spatial divisions of welfare 1: from central state to market
  3. Spatial divisions of welfare 2: from local government to local government to local governance
  4. Localities and communities


  1. Changing political geographies of Britain
  2. Citizenship and participation
  3. Britain and Europe
  4. Britain and the World

Module objectives / Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to:-

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Mohan, J.. (1999) A United Kingdom? Economic, Social and Political Geographies.. Arnold.
Pinch, S.. (1997) Worlds of Welfare: understanding the changing geographies of social welfare provision.. Routledge
Hudson, R. and Williams, A.M.. (1995) Divided Britain.. 2nd edition. Wiley