Social Geography (NOG41I4)

  • Level of study undergraduate studies
  • Teacher: Ph.D. Ivan Ratkaj
  • Subject status: elective
  • ECTS: 4
  • Semester: VII
  • Number of classes: 2

To provide scientifically funded knowledge about social geographical space and its structure; to explain the significance of geographical knowledge in social practice; to explain the complexity of relations between different social groups.

Students will be able to actively participate in the activities on the improvement and humanising of the relationships between different social groups (professional, ethnic, confessional, etc).

1) Introduction to social geography.

Subject, scientific goals and tasks of social geography; Phases in the development of social geography; Social geography and anthropogeography; Social geography and humanities (anthropology, urban geography, rural geography, social ecology, etc); Social geography and different areas of social practice (social policy, rural policy, spatial planning, rural planning, etc);

2) Social geographical concept.

Research methods in social geography; Social spatial composition; Human settlements and populations in the social geographical conception; Fields of social geography: housing, work, education, supply, leisure and communications;

3) Social groups and geospace.

The concept of a social group; Lifestyle (the land use and geospatial differentiation, rural lifestyle, urban lifestyle, etc); Primary social groups (farmers, craftsmen, merchants, etc.) and secondary social groups (workers, clerks and administrations); Socio-geographical groups of different spatial behaviour and geospatial processes; Social life and types of spatial structures; Spatial-functional research of groups with the same and different lifestyles;

4) Social geography and planning.

Defining the planning territory (regions, zones, areas, settlements, etc); Social geographical aspect of the community and state organization; Functional relations in the spatial complex of the city.

Knox P., Pinch S.: Urban Social Geography, Prentice Hall, Harlow, 2000.

Ruppert K., Schaffer F., Mair J., Paesler R.: Socijalna geografija, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1981.

Cvijić J.: Opšta geografija – Antropogeografija, Zavod za izdavanje udžbenika SR Srbije, Beograd, 1969.

Woods M.: Rural Geography – Processes, Responses and Experiences in Rural Restructurig, Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, 2004

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