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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

GEOG2055 Citizenship and Identity: Comparative Perspectives

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Martin Zebracki

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not 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;
- 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 and oral formats.

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 geographical scholarship 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 qualitative and quantitative 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:
- citizenship and identity;
- rights, responsibilities and the state;
- belonging and recognising difference (including sexual citizenship);
- social inequalities and exclusions;
- immigration, multicultural citizenship and national identity;
- marginalisation and global citizenship;
- environmental rights and citizenship; and
- hostile environments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 100 hours reading to support lectures and seminars
- 80 hours independent reading, writing and research for Essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored via seminars including surgeries and assessment, 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.
In support of the assessed essaye, students will receive formative feedback as part of the module programme.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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: 29/04/2022 15:32:19


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