GEOG 327 : Politics, Markets and Economies


2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Uses geographical insights to explore the interrelationships between politics, economy and culture. The course focuses attention on institutions, subjectivity and the making of markets. It examines political projects and economic spaces such as higher education, food and creative economies at the regional, national, and global level.

Course Overview

This course examines how markets and economies are made and explores the implications of market making activities for the production of social space. Using political and cultural economy approaches, the course provides an alternative account of contemporary economies to that offered by mainstream economics and business studies. It focuses attention on economies as sites and outcomes of social practices. The course will demonstrate that real world economies are complex amalgams of investment trajectories, diverse economic subjectivity, political aspirations, material technology, and cultural practice. The course will be valuable to all students interested in understanding economy as social practice, in theory and in real world forms, as well as those preparing to work in occupations that will require them to interpret and engage with contemporary social change. It will complement and enrich the study programmes of students majoring in other social sciences such as environmental management, political studies, history, economics, sociology, and psychology.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Recognise, describe and account for socially constructed forms of economies and their spatial organisation (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
  2. Apply key concepts from economisation theory to understand the development of contemporary New Zealand economies (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  3. Apply techniques for analysing and interpreting market making in contemporary economies (Capability 2, 3 and 4)
  4. Debate with others the value of challenging mainstream economic analyses and the political potential of alternative economic thought (Capability 4)
  5. Recognise and demonstrate the centrality of economic relations in human geography (Capability 1 and 2)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
In-class assessments 7.5% Group Coursework
Concept piece 5% Individual Coursework
Web-based research exercise 10% Individual Coursework
Literature review 17.5% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
In-class assessments
Concept piece
Web-based research exercise
Literature review
Final Exam

Learning Resources


Special Requirements


Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [2] hours of lectures, a [1] hour tutorial, [3] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [3] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 27/07/2020 11:30 a.m.