Social Geography and Spatial Policies

Course Information
TitleΚοινωνική Γεωγραφία και Χωρικές Πολιτικές / Social Geography and Spatial Policies
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorKarolos-Iosif Kavoulakos
Course ID600000823

Class Information
Academic Year2016 – 2017
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Examination)
  • German (Examination)
Learning Outcomes
students will: - Be able to recognize the different epistemological approaches of Geography and the respective ways of spatial planning - Know the story of spatial policy (from the mid-20th century to the present) - Recognize modern spatial policies - Understand the relationship between society, policy and space
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course aims to introduce students to the science of geography, concentrating on issues of spatial policy and planning. The approach has interdisciplinary character. The course beggings with the different approaches, theories and paradigms of geography, focusing on the different perceptions of the relationship between society and the space, place and nature and the different tools for spatial planning and analysis that these approaches have developed. Then discusses contemporary issues focussing on the analysis of both the contemporary dominant and alternative spatial policies. Particular issues: - Elementary concepts of Geography - Classic, Regional, Anarchist geography, Chicago School - Quantitative geography and spatial planning - Regulation School - Postmodern and cultural turn - The Fordist city - Entrepreneurial city - The new spatial division of labor - Urban Social movements - Globalization - Migration and segregation - Social networks
social geography, spatial planning, immigration, globalization, segregation, urban social movements
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Course Organization
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated by: - their presence in the courses, - their interest and participation in the course, - the written essay, - their participation in the exams. The evaluation criteria are several times announced during the lectures.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Κουρλιούρος Η. 2011, Διαδρομές στις θεωρίες του χώρου, Προπομπός, Αθήνα. Knox, Pinch 2009, H κοινωνική γεωγραφία των πόλεων, Σαββάλας, Αθήνα.
Additional bibliography for study
Bonnett, A. 2010. Γεωγραφία, μια εισαγωγή. Κριτική, Αθήνα. Γοσποδίνη, Α. & Μπεριάτος, Η. (επιμ.) 2006. Τα νέα αστικά τοπία και η ελληνική πόλη. Κριτική, Αθήνα Hall, T. 2005 Αστική Γεωγραφία. Κριτική, Αθήνα Hard, M., Misa, T.J. 2011 O Τεχνολογικός χαρακτήρας της πόλης:Νεωτερικότητα και αστική ζωή στην Ευρώπη, University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη Harvey, D. 2006. Ο Νέος Ιμπεριαλισμός. Καστανιώτης, Αθήνα Harvey, D. 2007 H κατάσταση της μετανεωτερικότητας: Διερεύνηση των απαρχών της πολιτισμικής μεταβολής. Μεταίχμιο, Αθήνα Harvey, D. 2013 Εξεγερμένες πόλεις: Από το δικαίωμα στην πόλη στην επανάσταση της πόλης. ΚΨΜ, Αθήνα Ιδρυμα Σάκη Καράγιωργα, 2010. Χώρος, πόλη και εξουσία στη νεωτερικότητα. Σαββάλας, Αθήνα. Λεοντίδου, Λ. 2013 (Γ’ έκδοση) Πόλεις της σιωπής. ΠΙΟΠ- Πολιτιστικό Ίδρυμα Ομίλου Πειραιώς, Αθήνα Massey, D. & Allen, J. (επιμ.) 1984. Η Γεωγραφία έχει σημασία! ΕΑΠ, Πάτρα 2001 Savage, M. & Warde, A. 2005 (μτφρ) Αστική Κοινωνιολογία, Καπιταλισμός και Νεωτερικότητα. Παπαζήσης, Αθήνα Stevenson, D. 2007 (μτφρ) Πόλεις και αστικοί πολιτισμοί. Κριτική, Αθήνα Gregory, D., Johnston, R.J., Pratt, G., Watts, M. & Whatmore, S. (eds) The Dictionary of Human Geography. Blackwell, Oxford, 5th edition 2009. Hutchinson, R. (ed) 2010. Encyclopedia of Urban Studies. Sage, Los Angeles. Knox, P. (ed) 2014. Atlas of Cities, (foreword by Richard Florida) Princeton University Press, Princeton. Harvey, D. 2001. Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh. Harvey, D. 2006. Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development. Verso, London. Harvey, D. 2009. Cosmopolitanism and the Geographies of Freedom. Columbia University Press, New York. Hudson, R. & Williams, A.M. (eds) 1999. Divided Europe: Society and Territory. Sage, London Leontidou, L. (2nd edition) 2006. The Mediterranean city in transition: Social change and urban development. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
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