NOTE: Online access to all course materials is via UW Catalyst Tools and the links generally only work in the quarters I am teaching the classes.
This course will develop your understanding of the
geographic nature of urbanization, urban systems (inter-urban geography)
and the internal spatial patterns and activities within cities (intra-urban
geography). Particular emphasis is
placed on the
This course considers the geographies of
social, political and economic inequalities.
The focus will usually be on urban areas, although other spatial scales
will also be examined. The course begins
with discussions of the theoretical underpinning of ‘inequality’. The remainder of the course builds on these
ideas by exploring topics such as the spatial distribution of wealth and
poverty, and the geographies of exclusion and discrimination in employment and
housing. Particular emphasis is placed
This course explores the reciprocal
relations between gender relations, the layout of cities, and the activities of
urban residents. Topics include:
feminist theory and geography (women, gender, and the organization of space);
women and urban poverty, housing and homelessness; paid employment; geographies
of childcare; and women and urban politics.
Particular emphasis is placed on the
How do spaces and places operate in relation to the processes and politics of gender, class, ‘race’, ethnicity, age, (dis)ability, sexuality, and national identities? How do different institutions, processes and practices (re)shape these identities and these spaces? This course critically examines the ways in which social relations, social identities, and social inequalities are produced, their spatial variation, and the role of space in constructing them. We will explore the geographic dimensions of various facets of socially constructed categories of difference (such as gender, ‘race,’ and class) and the theoretical frameworks that geographers use to analyze them.
GEOG 525: ADVANCED QUALITATIVE METHODS
Examines why and how qualitative methods can be used to pursue research in geography. Includes considerations of theoretical, ethical, and political issues that arise with qualitative methods. Offers practice in various methods such as ethnography, focus groups, interviewing, discourse and content analyses, narrative analysis, and archival analysis.
GEOG 541: FEMINIST GEOGRAPHIES (actual content subject to change)
seminar explores major research themes in feminist geographies. Particular attention is given to the concept
that gendered identities and spaces are discursively (re)produced. And as recent feminist scholarship emphasizes
diversity and difference, the seminar highlights the intersections between
gender, ‘race,’ ethnicity, sexuality, class, and other social identities and
divisions. This seminar draws on English
language literature that focuses on North America and
GEOG 577: Internal Spatial Structure Of Cities: URBAN INEQUALITY, SOCIAL JUSTICE AND DIFFERENCE (Sp 2011)
This seminar will address questions of urban inequality and social difference with the aim of making sense of why urban inequalities persist and how they operate in and through cities and urban spaces. The role of community activism around social justice in American cities is addressed, as is the strategic engagement with existing structures of governance and public policies, along with the ongoing efforts to transform them.