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GEOP7000 – Dialogues in Geography and Planning

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Associate Professor Donna Houston
Contact via donna.houston@mq.edu.au
Room 418, 6 First Walk (W3A)
By appointment
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BPhil/MRes
Corequisites Corequisites
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Unit description Unit description

The way researchers position a topic in relation to theories and concepts in their field is a crucial step in forming their project. This unit is designed to provide an introduction to major concepts and theories that have shaped geography and planning and their broader historiographies, with a focus on how theory is used in contemporary research in these fields. The core of the unit builds on a series of dialogues across the various areas of research in geography and planning within the Department, and extends this through reading and discussion to engage with the work of key thinkers in geography, planning, and related fields such as development studies and environmental humanities. The unit is flexible and responsive to the interests and strengths of students enrolled in any given semester. It is designed to give students a grounding in key theories that inform research, and reflect on their relevance to students’ own learning objectives. It will introduce students to a number of the current open research questions and core concepts across the range of these broad fields.

Important Academic Dates

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Demonstrate an understanding of geography and planning as academic disciplines, including theoretical orientations, concepts, histories and principal subfields.
  • ULO2: Critique key theoretical approaches in geography and planning.
  • ULO3: Apply key theories and concepts in geography and planning to your own individual research.
  • ULO4: Use literacy and digital skills to communicate effectively using appropriate methods of communication.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

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Assignment requirements will be discussed in the workshops.  You can also find more detailed instructions about the assignments, criteria and rubrics in the GEOP7000 iLearn 'Assessment' folder. 

Handing in your assignments

All assignments are required to be submitted to Turnitin link found in the GEOP7000 iLearn page by the specified time and date.

Late assignments

Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, (a) a penalty for lateness will apply – two (2) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date – and (b) no assignment will be accepted more than seven (7) days (incl. weekends) after the original submission deadline. No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.

Delivery and Resources

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GEOP7000 is conducted as a fortnightly two hour workshop.  Please consult the Macquarie timetable for dates and location of class.    The workshops are run as 'Dialogues' (conversations between emerging and established scholars) and they will not be recorded.

Unit Schedule

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Workshop Schedule at a Glance

Week 1:   Introduction to Geographical Thought

Week 3:   Radical Traditions

Week 5:   Nature and Society

Week 7:   Feminist / Queer Geographies

Week 8:   Indigenous and Black Geographies

Week 10: The Limits of Dialogue

Week 12: Situating Geographical Knowledges

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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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