(1) General

School:Social Sciences
Academic Unit:Geography
Level of studies:Undergraduate
Course Code:GEO 107Semester:B
Course Title:Social Geography
Independent Teaching ActivitiesWeekly Teaching HoursCredits
Course total5
Course Type:Required
Prerequisite Courses:None
Language of Instruction and ExaminationsGreek
Is the course offered to Erasmus students:No
Course Website (Url):

(2) Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

The course explores contemporary social-geographical notions and concepts. In the theoretical part, it examines the respective literature unearthing the vibrant debates associated with the spatial dimension of human activities. Subsequently, particular themes are explored in more detail.


In the seminars’ part, students are asked to choose and develop a relevant to the course theme that is of interest to them. The presentation of these topics in the classroom intents to involve students in a lively dialogue, engaging them actively in the course.


Upon completion of the course, students will be able to grasp the spatial dimension of contemporary social problems, including the ones of ‘poverty’, ‘social exclusion’, ‘residential segregation’, ‘racism’ and ‘gender discrimination’. The emphasis placed on the social construction of ‘otherness’ and associated exclusionary processes provides avenues for deconstructing stereotypical perspectives related to ‘ethnicity’, ‘race’ and ‘gender’.

General Competences

  1. Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology

  2. Working independently

  3. Respect for difference and multiculturalism

  4. Showing social, professional and ethical responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

  5. Production of free, creative and inductive thinking

(3) Syllabus


  • The relationship of the conceptual categories ‘society’ and ‘geography’.

‘Social classes’ and land allocation processes.

Urbanization, social movements and the Mediterranean city.

Residential segregation.

  • The examples of Athens and Thessaloniki
  • The examples of Athens and Thessaloniki

Social exclusion and welfare state policies.

  • Social rights and the welfare state in Greece

Feminist geographies: the social construction of gender identities.

  • Gender, discrimination and tacit forms of social exclusion.

Race, ethnicity and residential segregation.

  • From the Venetian ghetto to contemporary North-American cites.

Population homogenization and the new Greek state.

The geography of minorities in Greece – Minority spaces.

(4) Teaching and Learning Methods - Evaluation

Use of Information and Communication Technology:
Teaching Methods:
ActivitySemester workload
Non-supervised study59
Performance evaluation/Exams3
Course total140
Student Performance Evaluation
Tutor-guided coursework submitted at various stages during term-time. The course assessment is based on a final written exam.

(5) Attached Bibliography

  1. Knox, P. και Pinch, S. (2009) the social geography of cities. Αθήνα: Σαββάλας.Leontidou (2001) cities of silence. Athens: Ellinika Grammata.
  2. Anderson, B. (2006) Imagined communities. London: Verso.
  3. Hubbard, P. (2005) Social inequalities and spatial exclusions. In P. Daniels, M. Bradwhaw, D. Shaw and J. Sidaway (Eds.) Human geography: Issues for the 21st century (pp. 246-264). Harlow: Pearson Education.
  4. Leontidou, L. (1990) The Mediterranean City in Transition: Social Change and Urban Development. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  5. May, J. (2005) Exclusion. In P. Cloke, P. Crang, and M. Goodwin (Eds.) Introducing human geographies (pp. 411-421). London: Hodder Arnold.
  6. Sibley, D. (1995) Geographies of exclusion: society and difference in the west. London: Routledge.
  7. Storey, D. (2005) Territory, space and society. In P. Daniels, M. Bradwhaw, D. Shaw and J. Sidaway (Eds.) Human geography: Issues for the 21st century (pp. 404-421). Harlow: Pearson Education.
  8. Valentine, G. (2001) Social geographies: Space and society. Harlow: Pearson Education.
  9. Wilson, W.J. (2003) From institutional to jobless ghettos. In R.T. LeGates and F. Stout (Eds.) The city reader (pp. 126-135) London: Routledge.