GY316      Half Unit
Gender, Space and Power

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jessie Speer


This course is available on the BA in 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

Building on geographic approaches, this class will examine a range of spaces and processes through which gender is imagined and produced. These will include 1) empire and race; 2) nation and mobility; 3) city and property; 4) factory and labour; 5) market and consumption; 6) home and reproduction; 7) body and sexuality; 8) media and identity; and 9) nature and ecology. Through each topic, students will engage with feminist theory—as well as a range of contemporary case studies from across the globe—to better understand how power and resistance operate through the geographies of gender.


In the Department of Geography and Environment, teaching will be delivered through a combination of classes/seminars, pre-recorded lectures, live online lectures, in-person lectures and other supplementary interactive live activities.


This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures across Lent Term.


This course includes a reading week in Week 6 of Lent Term. 


Formative coursework

The formative coursework will consist of a paper outline and bibliography due mid-term, through which students begin designing their final essays. This assignment will be marked with written feedback attached before the end of LT in order to help students prepare for the essay.

Indicative reading

  • Carney, J. A. (2002). Converting the wetlands, engendering the environment: The intersection of gender with agrarian change in Gambia. In Liberation Ecologies (pp. 177-199). Routledge.
  • Gilmore, R. W. (1999) “You have dislodged a boulder”: Mothers and prisoners in the post-Keynesian California landscape. Transforming Anthropology, 8(1/2), 12–38.
  • Hays-Mitchell, M. (2002). Resisting austerity: A gendered perspective on neo-liberal restructuring in Peru. Gender & Development, 10(3), 71-81.
  • Kobayashi, A. (1994) For the sake of the children: Japanese/Canadian workers/mothers. In A. Kobayashi (ed.), Women, Work, and Place. Montreal and Kingston: McGill–Queen’s University Press.
  • Livermon, X. (2014). Soweto nights: Making black queer space in post-apartheid South Africa. Gender, Place & Culture, 21(4), 508-525.
  • Meth, P. (2009). Marginalised men’s emotions: Politics and place. Geoforum, 40(5), 853-863.
  • Mohammad, R. (2013). Making gender ma(r)king place: Youthful British Pakistani Muslim women's narratives of urban space. Environment and Planning A, 45(8), 1802-1822.
  • Pulido, L. (2009). Immigration politics and motherhood. Amerasia Journal, 35(1), 168-178.
  • Smith, S. (2012). Intimate geopolitics: Religion, marriage, and reproductive bodies in Leh, Ladakh. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 102(6), 1511-1528.
  • Wright, M. W. (2011). Necropolitics, narcopolitics, and femicide: Gendered violence on the Mexico-US border. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 36(3), 707-731.


Take-home assessment (100%) in the ST.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Geography & Environment

Total students 2019/20: 22

Average class size 2019/20: 11

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication