Cultural and Development Geographies

In the first semester the focus will be on concepts and practices of development geography. This section will set out a contested history of development theories, and it will conceptualise the roles of key development agents and the negotiation of key development spatialities (the global, the national, the household, the rural and the urban). These concepts and spatialities will then be focused through aspects of the lived experience of children and young people in the Global South. 

In the second semester the focus will be on cultural and historical geographies of the city. Key theoretical frames will be outlined and these will be applied to the examination of key issues in the development of cities from the mid-19th century (the birth of the modern city) through to the contemporary with a focus primarily on Europe and North America. This will cover issues around identity, cultural landscapes, geographies of memory, binaries, feminism, architecture and modernity.