Geographies of the Global South

Mid- to low-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America/the Caribbean make up two-thirds of the world's population. These are countries that are diverse, dynamic and above all, fascinating!

No one geographical approach is enough to gain a real insight into the rapidly changing geographies of the Global South. The three module convenors have come together to combine political, economic, environmental and cultural approaches, drawing in concepts from political economy, political ecology and cultural geography, and applying them to a range of urban and rural contexts. Our questions are many, but they include:

  • What are the socio-natural processes that are impacting lives and experiences in some of the world's fastest-growing cities?
  • What understandings are geographers bringing to ongoing processes of rural change in the 21st century?
  • And with what diverse forms of creative practice is the Global South shaping the world's highly unequal global culture?

By the end of the module you will be able to:

  • Critically engage with a range of cultural, social, environmental and political theories and concepts.
  • Apply and evaluate a range of relevant critical theories, including political economy, political ecology and postcolonial approaches.
  • Analyse and evaluate a range of relevant secondary materials.
  • Engage critically with and evaluate demanding readings drawn from diverse intellectual traditions.