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GEOG2055 Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Martin Zebracki

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLSP3090Citizenship, Identity and Social Change

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines acts of citizenship as a way of thinking through citizenship as status—the formal organization of rights and responsibilities within the nation state as well as lived experiences of citizenship, related to people’s experience of social, cultural and economic inclusion and exclusion (arising from differences arising from class, race/ethnicity, disability, sexuality, gender and age). Through this conceptual model, the module uses case studies from the UK and a variety of international comparisons to explore the social, economic, cultural and political processes that shape societies and their geography, looking at how acts of citizenship affect people's sense of identity, community, well-being and belonging. The module considers different ways of conceptualising identities, power and community, and the growth of identity politics.


On completion of this module, students should have acquired:
- an appreciation of the key issues in social and cultural geography;
- knowledge of the processes underpinning social inequalities, social difference, citizenship and feelings of belonging in the UK;
- an understanding of the concepts of deprivation, exclusion, identity and citizenship, and the theories which underpin them;
- independent and team-based research skills;
- ability to present their knowledge in different written formats and via oral presentation.

Learning outcomes
- The dynamic nature of geographic thought and the inter-relationships between geography and social science in a wider context
- Geographies of diversity and difference, and how they are conceptualised and manifested in British society and the wider world
- Geographies of social inequality at different scales and in different social, economic and political contexts
- Debates about the impact of globalisation, space-time processes, socio-economic and demographic change
- The contextualisation of social processes
- The contribution of geography to the development of social, economic, cultural and diversity agendas, policies and practices, and their implications for understanding citizenship
- The ethical implications of geographical debates and research

Skills outcomes
Cognitive skills
Abstraction and synthesis of information from a variety of sources
Assessment and critical evaluation of the merits of contrasting theories, explanations, policies
Critical analysis and interpretation of data and text
Developing reasoned arguments

Practical/professional skills
Collect, interpret and synthesise different types of quantitative and qualitative geographical data
Recognise the ethical issues involved in geographical debates and enquiries

Key skills
Communicate effectively (in writing, verbally and through graphical presentations)
Use information technology effectively (including use of spreadsheet, database and word processing programmes; Internet and e-mail)
Identify, retrieve, sort and exchange geographical information using a wide range of sources
Work as part of a team and to recognise and respect the viewpoints of others
Manage time and organise work effectively


The indicative content for the module:
Semester 1 Citizenship & the Nation State
Geographies of formal political rights-liberalism; Citizenship education; In place/out of place; Belonging & the recognition of difference; Immigration, citizenship & the re-assertion of national identity
Semester 2 Citizenship Below & Beyond the State
Mobility, and transnational or postnational citizenship; Community and active citizenship; Citizenship and responsibilities; Environmental & ecological citizenship; Citizenship as 'event'.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Team Work115.0015.00
Private study hours145.00
Total Contact hours55.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 100 hours reading to support lectures, seminar and in preparation for exam
- 25 hours reading, writing and independent research for essay.
- 20 hours independent reading, writing and independent research for group project.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via assessments and seminars, where the seminar leader can provide weekly formative feedback to the group. Ideally seminar groups will be small enough (20-25 students) so that each student will have some interaction with the seminar leader.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group Project1500 word equivalent per student33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)66.00

The resit for the group project will be an individual written assessment such as a 1500 word report or essay.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam1 hr 30 mins34.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)34.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 26/06/2018


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