GEOG 4700

Week 1: September 16

Introduction to Critical Geographies of Education   

  • Basu, R. (2010) “Geographies of Education” for theEncyclopedia of Geography, edited by Barney Wharf, Sage Publications.
  • Butler, T, Hamnett, C. (2007) The Geography of Education: Introduction in Urban Studies, Vol 44. No. 7, 1161-1174. [Read till pg 1168]
  • Blomley, N. (2006). "Uncritical critical geography?"Progress in Human Geography 30(1): 87-94.
  • Polat, F. (2011) Inclusion in education: A step towards social justice. In International Journal of Educational Development, Vol  31 pp 50-58.

Week 2: September 23

Neoliberalization of Education Reform [Assignment 1 handed out]


  • Apple, M.W. (2001) “Comparing Neo-liberal Projects and Inequality in Education” inComparative Education, Volume 37, No. 4, pages 409-423.
  • Peck, J., Theodore, N., & Brenner, N.. (2009). Neoliberal Urbanism: Models, Moments, Mutations. SAIS Review, 29(1), 49-66.
  • Robertson, S.L. and Dale, R. 2002: Local states of emergency: the contradictions of neo-liberal governance in education in New Zealand.British Journal of Sociology of Education 23, No.3, 463-82.
  • Basu, R. (2004) ‘A Flyvbjergian perspective of Public Elementary School Closures in Toronto: A Question of ‘Rationality’ or ‘Power’? in Environment and Planning: C, Government and Policy, Volume 22: 423-251.

Week 3: September 30

Educational Policy in Canada and Educational Restructuring in Ontario


  • Manzer, R. (1994)Public Schools and Political Ideas: Canadian Educational Policy in Historical Perspective. University of Toronto Press.  [Introduction] Available in the GRC
  • Levin, B (2001)Reforming Education: From Origins to Outcomes.  Routledge: London and New York. [Introduction, Chapters 1 &2] Available in the GRC
  • Gidney, R.D. (1999) From Hope to Harris: The Reshaping of Ontario’s Schools. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [Chapters 11, 12 and 13]
  • Basu, R. (2004b) The rationalization of neoliberalism in Ontario’s public education system, 1995-2000 in Geoforum, Volume 35/5:621-634.

Week 4: October 7

Planning and ‘governance’ of community schools


  • Clandfield, D. (2010) The School as Community Hub: A Public Alternative to the Neoliberal Threat to Ontario Schools, pp 5-73 inThe School Community Hub: Beyond Education’s Iron Cage. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.
  • Hargreaves, A. 2002: Sustainability of educational change: the role of social geographies.Journal of Educational Change 3, 189-214.
  • Furman, G. (2002)School as Community: From Promise to Practice. State University of New York Press. [Chapters 1] Available in the GRC
  • Deborah L. McKoy & Jeffrey M. Vincent (2007) Engaging Schools in Urban Revitalization The Y-PLAN (Youth—Plan, Learn, Act, Now!)Journal of Planning Education and Research 26:389-403

Week 6: October 21

Ontario’s Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy (2009)

  • Social Planning Toronto (2013) A Triple Threat to Equity: Changing Priorities for Toronto Schools.

Week 7: October 28

Regional challenges: urban schools and small schools


  • Basu, R. (2013) Multiplying spaces of subalterity in education: From ideological realms to strategizing outcomes in Canadian Geographer, Volume 57, Issue 3, page 260-271.
  • Jeffrey M. Vincent (2006) Public Schools as Public Infrastructure Roles for Planning Researchers Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 25, No. 4, 433-437.
  • Dippo, D. and James, C. (2011) The Urbanization of Suburbia: Implications for Inner-Suburban Schools and Communities in Young, D., Wood, P. and Keil, R. (eds).“In-Between Infrastructure: Urban Connectivity in an Age of Vulnerability”. Praxis (e)Press. Pp 115-130.

Week 8: November 4

Spaces of ‘difference’: mobility, identity and citizenship in schools


Week 9: November 11

Spaces of ‘difference’: mobility, identity and citizenship in schools (cont)


  • Huff, A. (2013) Reforming the city: Neoliberal school reform and democratic contestation in New Orlean” inThe Canadian Geographer, 57(3): 311–317
  • Mitchell, K (2001) Education for Democratic Citizenship: Transnationalism, Multiculturalism and the Limits of Liberalism,Harvard Educational Review, 71(1): 51-78.
  • Valentine, G,  Sporton, D. and Bang Nielsen, K (2008) Language use on the move: sites of encounter, identities & belongingTransactions of the Institute of British Geographers, NS 33 376–387.

Week 10: November 18

Refugee children, forced migration and education


Week 11: November 25

Surveillance, regulation and accountability practices


  • Pykett J. (2007). ‘Making Citizens Governable? The Crick Report as governmental technology’ in  Journal of Education Policy,22(3): 301-320.
  • Basu, R. (2005) ‘Geo-surveillance through the Mapping of ‘Test’ Results: An Ethical Dilemma or Public Policy Solution?’ in ACME An International E-journal for Critical Geographies, Volume 3(2): 87-111.

Week 12: December 2

Protest and activism in schools 

Optional Readings

  • Thiem Hanson, C.(2009) Thinking through education: the geographies of contemporary educational restructuringProgress in Human Geography 33; 154.
  • Phipps, A.G. (2000) “A structurationist interpretation of community activism during school closures” inEnvironment and Planning: A, volume 32, pages 1807-1823.
  • Basu, R. (2002) ‘Active and Dormant Spaces: A look at the Geographical Response to School Based Care’ in the ‘Journal for Planning Education and Research’ (JPER) 21: 275-285.