Approaches to Human Geography
(2020-2021 Academic Session, Semester 1)

Brief description of the course
The purpose of the course on “Approaches to Human Geography” is to offer insight into fundamental debates in human geography, the social and institutional causes and contents of changes in its approaches. We will study the altering answers of different research communities to the questions on what to study and how. How do these different communities think about the relevance of the subject matter and about the adequacy of the methodology? We will also examine how and why place matters in the history of geographical knowledge production, in the characteristics of the schools of modern and postmodern geographical thoughts.

Summary outline of the course

  • Class 1 (September 11th) Models of disciplinary progress; geography in the modern period (exploration, environmental determinism, the regional tradition)
  • Class 2 (September 18th) “Quantitative revolution”, spatial science, behavioural and humanistic geography
  • September 25th – UNESCO-ELTE Sport day
  • Class 3 (October 2nd): Radical geographies − Marxist geography
  • Class 4 (October 9th): Marxist geography in the “West” and the “East” (discussion of articles)
  • Class 5 (October 16th): Feminist geography
  • October 23rd – National holiday
  • October 30th – school break
  • Class 6 (November 6th): Feminist geography in practice: different methods (discussion of articles)
  • Class 7 (November 13th): Postmodern geographies (the L.A. school as compared to the one of Chicago and the “post-socialist” city)
  • Class 8 (November 20th): Poststructuralist and postcolonial geographies (understanding post-socialism)
  • Class 9 (November 27th): Critical geographies
  • Class 10 (December 4th): Applied and ‘peoples’ geography
  • Class 11 (December 11th): Conclusions

Compulsory reading
Sheppard, E. 2009: Spatial Science. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 714-715.
Sharp, J. S. 2009: Humanistic geography. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell 356-358.
Pinder, D. 2009: Radical geography. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 619-620.
McCarth, J. 2009: Marxist geography. 446-448. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
Pratt, J. 2009: Feminist geographies. 244-248. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell.
Woodard, K., Jones, J.P. 2009: Postmodernism. Postmodernity. Post-structuralism. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 566-568., 568-570., 571-573.
Yeoh, B. 2009: Post-colonialism. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 561-562.
Blomely, N. 2009: Critical human geography. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 123-124.
Wills, J. 2009: Applied geography. In Gregory, D., Johnston, R., Pratt, G., Watts, M.J., Whatmore, S. (eds.) The dictionary of human geography. 5th edition. Wiley-Blackwell. 34.
The articles/book chapters to be discussed on Classes 4th, 6th will be chosen during the seminar.


Suggested reading
Aitken, S.C., Valentine, G. (eds.) 2015: Approaches to Human Geography. Philosophies, Theories, People and Practices. 2nd edition. SAGE, L.A., London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC.
Johnston, R.J., Sidaway, J.D. 2004: Geography & Geographers. 6th edition Arnold, London.
Peet, R. 1998: Modern geographical Thought. Blackwell Publishers, Oxford, Malden

Assessment
Class assessment will be based on the level of your participation in the class debates and on the quality of the 3,000 word seminar essay you have to write. The topic is a critical analysis of a geographical article/book chapter, or a written summary on a chosen approach, or a 10-15 minutes PPT presentation on a chosen approach (details will be discussed in classes). The submission deadline of the essay is January 20th.


Course timetable
The course is taught on Friday between 10 am and 12.00 am (after e-learning period in the D 0.825 room).


Course management
The course is taught by Judit Timár (Ez az e-mail-cím a szpemrobotok elleni védelem alatt áll. Megtekintéséhez engedélyeznie kell a JavaScript használatát.). The office hour is on Friday between 16.00 pm and 17.00 pm. (after e-learning period in the room D 1.405).

 

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