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Kim V.L. England
GEOG 342
Seattle Campus

Geography of Inequality

Geographies of social, political, and economic inequality. Focus is usually on North American cities. Examines the theoretical underpinning of inequality. Explores topics such as the spatial distribution of wealth and poverty, the geographies of exclusion, and discrimination in paid employment and housing.

Class description

This course considers the geographies of social, political and economic inequalities. The focus will usually be on urban areas, although other spatial scales will also be examined. The course begins with discussions of the theoretical underpinning of 'inequality'. The remainder of the course builds on these ideas by exploring topics such as the spatial distribution of wealth and poverty, and the geographies of exclusion and discrimination in employment and housing. Particular emphasis is placed on the US and Canadian experience, although some examples are drawn from other regions of the world, especially Europe.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

A mixture of lectures, class discussion, student presentations and fieldwork

Recommended preparation

Social science background. Geography 277 recommended. Should not be attempted by freshmen.

Class assignments and grading

simple statistical analysis, presentations, book review, exams.

Exams, book review, and short data interpretation report.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Kim V.L. England
Date: 11/03/2008