This assignment is concerned with urban social problems and urban social spaces. It is a two part assignment that will allow you to explore the causes and effects of poverty in North American cities and to create a social geography of a community or city.
The length of this essay should be approximately 750-1,000 typewritten words (excluding references).
Write an essay on the social geography of a neighbourhood or a small town. For this essay, you will have to obtain secondary (published) source data that has been collected by an agency such as Statistics Canada (see the instructional content of Week 1 for address of the STATSCAN Website) or by your local town, region, or municipality. If you have problems obtaining the data, contact the government document reference librarians at the Dafoe Library for help.
For this assignment, decide upon the data sets that you will need in order to describe the social geography of your selected area. You should include variables similar to the indicators included in Figure 15.1 in the instructional content, and the variables discussed in Week 15, for describing the social spaces of your selected area.
You should also include data relating to the same variables for the entire community (i.e., city, town, or municipality) in which your study area is located. You may then compare your study area with the entire community in terms of the selected variables. For example, if you chose to examine a neighbourhood in the City of Winnipeg, you should collect data relating to both the selected variables for that neighbourhood and also for Winnipeg as a whole.
Your essay must incorporate:
Your essay should be structured as follows:
In relation to Part 2 of Assignment #4, Weeks 15 & 16 of the instructional content and Chapter 12 of the textbook should be consulted. In addition, the following article from the Readings Package may be consulted, particularly concerning theoretical approaches:“Urban Social Space” (Murdie and Teixeira)
The length of the main text of this essay should be approximately 3,500 typewritten words (excluding references). The data used in the essay should be included in an appendix.