1006 Ideas in Geographycourse Programme

1006 Ideas in Geographycourse Programme

1006 IDEAS 2004-5



  • To introduce key themes, debates and developments that have shaped the discipline of geography
  • To show how changes in the discipline of geography are related to wider social, cultural, economic, political, historical and scientific developments
  • To enable students to develop their own ideas about geography as a discipline and how to practice geography


1 / Introduction: Ideas in Geography / JK / 2-3 Tue 11 Jan
2 / Theorising Geography / JK / 10-11 Wed 12 Jan
3 / Geography, Exploration and Empire / CD / 2-3 Tue 18 Jan

Key Debates in Human Geography

4 / Society-Space / CD / 10-11 Wed 19 Jan
5 / Structure-Agency / JK / 2-3 Tue 25 Jan
6 / Local-Global / JK / 10-11 Wed 26 Jan
7 / Self-Other / CD / 2-3 Tue 1 Feb
8 / Nature-Culture / GD / 10-11 Wed 2 Feb
New Geographical Approaches
9 / Virtual Geographies / MD / 2-3 Tue 8 Feb
10 / Fundamentals in Political Geography / MB / 10-11 Wed 9 Feb
11 / Geography, Environment and Policy / RJCM / 2-3 Tue 22 Feb
12 / Geography and GIS / PL / 10-11 Wed 23 Feb
Key Debates in Physical Geography
13 / The Scientific Method I / RB / 2-3 Tue 1 Mar
14 / The Scientific Method II / RB / 10-11 Wed 2 Mar
No lecture today / -- / 2-3 Tue 8 Mar
15 / Modelling I / PS / 10-11 Wed 9 Mar
16 / Modelling II / MDy / 2-3 Tue 15 Mar
17 / Uniformitarianism / RB / 10-11 Wed 16 Mar
18 / Evolution / RB / 2-3 Tue 22 Mar
20 / Practising Geography / JK / 10-11 Wed 23 Mar


James Kneale (JK,convenor), Claire Dwyer (CD), Gail Davies (GD), Martin Dodge (MD), Mark Bassin (MB), Richard Munton (RJM), Paul Longley (PL), Rick Battarbee (RB), Paul Saich (PS), Mat Disney (MDy)


The course is assessed on the basis of an unseen written examination. The examination will be three hours long and students will be expected to answer three questions from a choice of nine. Past copies of examination papers are available in the Reading Room or online from


Please check with the individual teachers of the course for their office hours.


JYA students will take the examination in the same way as UCL students. Socrates students should see the course convenor as soon as possible to arrange alternative assessment.


The reading list below gives suggested readings for the introductory section of the course. You will receive the rest of the reading list in week two of term.

Note that there is no single text book for the course. However the text books listed under lecture 1 will be useful throughout the course.

Lecture 1. Introduction: Ideas in Geography

Cloke, P., Crang, P. & Goodwin, M. (1999)Introducing Human Geographies

Gregory, K.J.,(2000)The Changing Nature of Physical Geography

Holloway, S., Rice, S. & Valentine, G. (2003)Key Concepts in Geography

Johnston, R.J. (ed) (2000)The Dictionary of Human Geography

Johnston, R.J. (1986)Philosophy and Human Geography

Rogers, A., Viles, H. & Goudie, A. (eds) (2003)Thestudent’s companion to Geography

Lecture 2. Theorising Geography

Blunt, A. (2003) ‘Geography and the humanities tradition’ in Holloway et al. Key concepts in Geography, 73-91

Johnston, R. (2003) ‘Geography and the social science tradition’ in Holloway et al. Key concepts in Geography, 51-72

Richards, K. (2003) ‘Geography and the physical sciences tradition’ in Holloway et al. Key concepts in Geography, 23-50

Lecture 3: Geography, Exploration and Empire

Domosh, M. 1991 ‘Towards a feminist historiography of geography’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 16, 95-104

Driver, F. 1992 ‘Geography’s Empire: histories of geographical knowledge’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 10, 23-40

Driver, F. 2000 Geography Militant: Cultures of Exploration and Empire, chs 1,2 and 9

*Heffernan, M. 2003 ‘Histories of Geography’ in S. Holloway et al. Key Concepts in Geography, 3-22

*Livingstone, D. 2003 ‘A brief history of geography’ in A. Rogers & H. Viles (eds) The Student’s Companion to Geography , 275-283

Livingstone, D. 1992 The Geographical Tradition, chs 5 & 7

Ryan, J. 1997 Picturing Empire

Smith, N. & Godlewska, A. 1994 Geography and Imperialism, chs 1 and 7

Stoddart, D. 1986 On Geography

*Unwin, T. 1992 The Place of Geography chs 3-4

Lecture 4. Society-Space

(a) Theoretical discussions

Cresswell, T. 1999 ‘Place’ in Introducing Human Geographies (ch 24)

*Smith, S.J. 1999 ‘Society-space’ in Introducing Human Geographies (ch 2)

*Thrift, N. 2003 ‘Space: the fundamental stuff of geography’ in Holloway, S. et al. Key Concepts in Geography, 95-108

Storey, D. 2005 ‘Territory, space and society’ in P. Daniels, M. Bradshaw, S. Shaw & J. Sidaway (eds) An Introduction to Human Geography, p404-421

Valentine, G. 2001 Social Geographies: Space and Society, Introduction

(b) Some examples

Burgess, J. 1998 ‘But is it worth taking the risk?’ How women negotiate access to urban woodland: a case study’ in R. Ainley (ed) New Frontiers of Space, bodies gender, 115-128.

Cresswell, T. (1996) In place/out of place: geography, ideology and transgression(see particularly chs 3,4,5)

Pain, R (1997) “Social geographies of women’s fear of crime” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers 22, 231-244

Sibley, D. (1992) “Outsiders in Society and Space” in Anderson, K. & Gayle, F. (eds) Inventing Places, 107-122 (Republished in 1999 with a new title Cultural Geography)

Valentine, G. (1989) "The geography of women's fear" Area 21, 385-90

Lecture 5. Structure-Agency

Cloke, P., Philo, C., and Sadler, D. (1991) Approaching Human Geography

Duncan, J. and Ley, D. (1982). 'Structural Marxism and Human Geography: a critical assessment', Annals Of The Association Of American Geographers 72, 30-59.

*Goodwin, M. (1999). 'Structure-agency' in Cloke, Crang and Goodwin, Introducing Human Geographies

Livingstone, D. (1992)The Geographical Tradition

Peet, R. (1985) 'The social origins of environmental determinism', Annals of the Association of American Geographers 75, 309-33.

Lecture 6. Local-Global

*Crang, P. (1999) ‘Local-Global’ in Introducing Human Geographies (ch 3)

Allen, J. (1995) ‘Global worlds’ in J. Allen & D. Massey (eds) Geographical Worlds (Oxford University Press), 105-42

Castree, N. (2003) ‘Place: connections and boundaries in an interdependent world’ in Holloway, S. et al. Key Concepts in Geography, p165-186

Dwyer, C. (1999) ‘Migrations and Diasporas’ in Introducing Human Geographies (ch 30)

Jackson, P. (1999) ‘Commodity cultures: the traffic in things’, Transactions Of The Institute Of British Geographers 24, 95-108

Massey, D. (1994) ‘A global sense of place’ in Space, Place and Gender (Polity Press), 146-56

Lecture 7. Self-Other

(a) Theoretical overviews

*Cloke, P. 1999 ‘Self-Other’ in Introducing Human Geographies Chapter 5

Crang, M. 1998 ‘Self and other’ in Cultural Geography, Chapter 5

(b) Gendered geographies

Domosh, M. 1991 ‘Towards a feminist historiography of geography’ Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers16, 95-104

Hanson, S. & Monk, J. (1982) "On not excluding half of the human in human geography" The Professional Geographer 34(1), 11-23

Tivers, J. (1978) "How the other half lives" Area 10(4), 302-306

Women and Geography Study Group 1997 Feminist Geographies: Explorations in Diversity and Difference

(c) Imaginative Geographies

*Driver, F. 1999 ‘Imaginative Geographies’ in Introducing Human Geographies (Chapter 22)

Jackson, P. 1992 ‘Constructions of culture, representations of race: Edward Curtis’s ‘way of seeing’ in K. Anderson & F. Gayle (eds) Inventing Places, 89-105

Jackson, P. 1998 ‘Constructions of whiteness in the geographical imagination’ Area30(2), 99-106

Rose, G. 1995 ‘Place and identity: A sense of place’ in D. Massey & P. Jess (eds) A Place in the World

Said, E. 1995 Orientalism