Socio-political pathway

Political violence, inadequate education and health systems, and failed livelihoods have profoundly exacerbated social inequalities and led to widespread political disenchantment in large parts of the world. Gains made previously by women, LGBT communities, and historically disadvantaged ethnic and racial minorities have in some instances been lost. There has therefore never been a more important time to understand the nature of political institutions, their role in shaping human society, and social mobilisation at the grassroots. Geographers have a key role to play in showing how place, space, and the environment shapes and is in turn shaped by politics and social action.

Subjects in this pathway explore government and governance, civil society, health, education, migration, housing, cities, demography, youth, and inequality, building both on detailed regional knowledge and awareness of wider global, comparative trends.

Skills associated with this pathway

Graduates who have completed of the social and political geographies pathway will have gained theoretical and practical skills necessary to understand comparatively and at different scales key issues with respect to politics, territory, social mobilisation and social fields, especially issues pertaining to health, education, housing, and inequality.

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