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Unit information: Theorizing Society and Space in 2019/20

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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. Joe Gerlach
Open unit status Not open




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. In so doing, the course examines the ways in which social theory engages with notions of space, subjectivity, and society. The course focuses upon the ideas of authors such as Spinoza, Badiou, Bergson, Deleuze and Guattari, Lazzarato, Sauvagnargues, Nancy, Whitehead, and Ranciere.

The unit aims to provide a philosophical grounding for understanding key theoretical issues in examining space and politics in geography and the social sciences.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, students should:

  1. be familiar with the work of key authors,
  2. be able to critically, and confidently, compare their respective ideas and arguments, and
  3. be able to link underlying philosophies and theories to different ways of understanding the interrelationships between politics and space.

Teaching Information


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.

Deleuze, G., Guattari, F. (2004) A Thousand Plateaus. London: Continuum.

Due, R. (2007) Deleuze. Polity.