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GG3232 Housing, Community and Social-Spatial Justice

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2014/5
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This interdisciplinary module brings a Housing Studies perspective to the study of Urban Social Geography. Social geography is a sub-discipline that is interested in social relations and social difference. It has an analytical focus on the forms of power that lead to social and spatial inequality. Through engaging with contemporary policy and political debates about poverty and place, urban marginality and social-spatial (in)justice, this module emphasises the way in which geographical knowledge can be usefully applied to contemporary urban social 'problems'. In doing so, it also highlights how communities themselves have been active in leading place-based solutions to build better places.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all degrees involving Geography or Sustainable Development

UG Pre-requisite(s):Passes at Grade 11 or better in GG2011 and GG2012, or in SD2001 and SD2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 1-hour lecture, 1 x 1-hour seminar (x 11 weeks) + 2 x 1-hour revision sessions
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 22
  • Guided independent study: 178

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr K McKee
Module teaching staff:Dr K McKee