London's Geographies

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Alan Mace STC315a


This course is available on the BA in Geography and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.

Course content

On this course you will think through what makes London such a specific kind of urban scene, and how have people sought to represent its specificity? Rather than a comprehensive account of London’s past and present, this course uses the synthetic (social, economic, political and cultural) tools of human geography to understand how and why. Topics include, but are not limited to; empire, landscape, spectacle, the body & sexuality and migration & racism. An important 'lab' component involves leaving the classroom to enter the LSE Archives and to walk the streets to interpret London's cultural geographies. You are encouraged to go on walks, to explore aspects of the city you do not already know, and to dig through archival material to find connections between past and present London.


20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 18 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT.

Formative coursework

Students are expected to write two formative essays and to participate actively in classes in the MT and the LT.

Indicative reading

Mitchell D. 2002. Cultural Geography; a Critical Reader.

Oakes T et al. 2008. The Cultural Geography Reader.

Kureishi H. 1990. The Buddha of Suburbia.

Nead L. 2000. Victorian Babylon: People, Streets and Images in Nineteenth Century London.

Stedman Jones G.. 1984. Outcast London.


Essay (50%, 2000 words) in the MT.
Essay (50%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2017/18: Unavailable

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Capped 2017/18: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills