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Unit information: Theorizing Society and Space in 2015/16

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Unit name Theorizing Society and Space
Unit code GEOGM0001
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Bassett
Open unit status Not open



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School/department School of Geographical Sciences
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This course engages with a range of philosophers and social theorists in the tradition of Continental philosophy and examines the different roles that space and politics play in their thinking. The course focuses upon the ideas of authors such as Agamben, Badiou, Deleuze and Guattari, Hardt and Negri, Nancy and Ranciere.

The unit aims to provide a philosophical grounding for understanding key theoretical issues in thinking space and politics in geography and the social sciences, drawing ideas particularly from writers in the Continental philosophy tradition.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student should be familiar with the work of key authors, be able to critically compare their respective ideas and arguments, and be able to link underlying philosophies and theories to different ways of understanding the interrelationships between politics and space

Teaching Information

Lectures and Seminars

Assessment Information

4500 word essay

Reading and References

Bonta, M. and Protevei, J. (2004) Deleuze and Geophilosophy. Edinburgh Critchley, S. (2001) Continental Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press. Due, R. (2007) Deleuze. Polity. Feltham, O. (2008) Alain Badiou: Live Theory. Continuum.