GY207      Half Unit
Economy, Society and Place

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Alan Mace STC315a


This course is available on the BA in Geography, BSc in Economic History and Geography, BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Environmental Policy with Economics and BSc in Geography with Economics. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

This course examines the inter-relatedness of economy and society and how these impact places where people live and work. We start by looking at theories that challenge market based explanations of how places are shaped. We pay particular attention to housing choices and how these might confer social advantage or disadvantage. After this we use a series of place-based typologies and phenomenon to expand on the theory. Examples might include but are not limited to; suburbanisation, rural second homes and gentrification. We close by considering how changes in governance impact particular communities and places.


9 hours of lectures and 9 hours of classes in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6.

Formative coursework

The formative work will be an essay plan that directly prepares students for the summative work.

Indicative reading


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2018/19: 45

Average class size 2018/19: 15

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills