Southbank, Melbourne

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Southbank, Melbourne

Southbank is one of the most attractive places in Melbourne. It is an urban neighbourhood that draws cultural and infrastructure sophistication. Also regarded as one of the culture venues of Melbourne, Southbank is among the best places to experience multicultural Australia.   It has a population of an estimated 11,235 people (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017). There are many advantages of Southbank.

First, it is near the central business district. The northernmost part of Southbank is considered a part of the Central Business District (CBD). Therefore, being located just one kilometre south of t Melbourne’s central business district, it draws the advantages of being close to Melbourne CBD. There are some locational advantages that come with being near a central business district. The major advantage is access to services that most areas further from the CBD would not enjoy.

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Southbank, Melbourne

4. Research Essay Part B (25%)
Assessed: Submission to the LMS (via turnitin)
Length: 1000 words (excluding references, +/-10%)
There are three options for this assessment. You may choose to focus on one of the
following:
i) Spaces of locational advantage based on site observations OR
ii) Spaces of locational disadvantage based on site observations OR
iii) Spaces of encounter drawing on your personal experiences in relation to
another social group:

OPTION 1: Locational Advantage
1. Select a place (e.g. a neighbourhood, street or building) within Melbourne that
produces a set of locational advantages for its residents (or some of them);
2. Drawing on site observations and relevant readings, identify the major advantages
gained by living in the place. Southbank, Melbourne.
3. Make a note of any limits or exceptions to the locational advantages observed.
4. Consider whether and how the locational advantages you identify underpin,
compound or offset inequalities associated with social difference

OPTION 2: Locational Disadvantage
1. Select a place (e.g. a neighbourhood, street or building) within Melbourne that
produces a set of locational disadvantages for its residents (or some of them);
2. Drawing on site observations and relevant readings, identify the major
disadvantages associated with living in the place. Southbank, Melbourne.
3. Make a note of any limits or exceptions to the locational disadvantages observed.
4. Consider whether and how the locational disadvantages you identify underpin,
compound or offset inequalities associated with social difference

*In responses in Option 1 or Option 2: you may use carefully selected on-line
sources to help develop your account of the patterns. These might include local
government and other government or consulting reports, broader policy
documents, quantitative data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and any
additional academic literature that relates to the site specifically. Southbank, Melbourne.

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OPTION 3: Spaces of encounter
Encounter is often seen as an experience where a social boundary that separates us
from others becomes less important over time. This option invites you to critically
reflect on your own experience of encounter. Please note, in choosing this option
you are opting to present a highly personal account of social diversity in the city: this
can be challenging as you will need to identify the ‘strangers’ within your midst, and
your feelings as such boundaries are overcome (or potentially only partly overcome).
Do not hesitate to contact the teaching team for advice about how to approach this
option. Southbank, Melbourne.
1. Identify a place in Melbourne where you feel you experienced an encounter
with stranger/s (this could have occurred in this same place, over an extended
period of time, through everyday practices)
2. Identify the initial boundary that separated you from the ‘stranger/s’ with
whom you experienced this encounter. Connect your personal experience of
a boundary to relevant literature on social difference.
3. Drawing on you own experience, describe the ways that such boundaries
have changed through the course of the encounter.
4. Drawing on relevant literature (please consult the wider reading list) identify
the major processes giving rise to the encounter that you have experienced. Southbank, Melbourne.

Criteria-Major Report Part B Marks
Clearly structured and written with a brief introduction and conclusion.
Points arranged logically throughout; clarity of expression; written in your
own words; quotes and images (if used) carefully selected; all images
introduced and explained in the text. Correct referencing in bibliography, in
text, titles of images, referencing images in text and source; editing and
presentation

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Concise synthesis of observations: able to synthesise observations and
details about the city (or if doing option three, your experience of
encounter in the city) to create a rich description of the pattern observed
and to use these details to support your discussion. Southbank, Melbourne.

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Able to relate theoretical concepts in social geography to patterns
observed in real life. If doing option three, this criteria is a measure of your
ability to relate theoretical concepts in social geography to your own
experiences of encounter. Southbank, Melbourne.

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Southbank, Melbourne

Southbank is one of the most attractive places in Melbourne. It is an urban neighbourhood that draws cultural and infrastructure sophistication. Also regarded as one of the culture venues of Melbourne, Southbank is among the best places to experience multicultural Australia.   It has a population of an estimated 11,235 people (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017). There are many advantages of Southbank.

First, it is near the central business district. The northernmost part of Southbank is considered a part of the Central Business District (CBD). Therefore, being located just one kilometre south of t Melbourne’s central business district, it draws the advantages of being close to Melbourne CBD. There are some locational advantages that come with being near a central business district. The major advantage is access to services that most areas further from the CBD would not enjoy….

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