Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

Cultural and Historical Geographies

Module L7020

Module details for 2017/18.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The twin fields of cultural and historical geography have significantly refigured the discipline and doing of human geography since the 1980s, though both have deeper intellectual roots. This module provides a nuanced understanding of the relationship between these two approaches and of their overlapping concerns, concepts and practitioners. After introducing the idea of culture and considering the importance of time in geographical analysis, the module goes on to analyse the different ways in which cultural and historical geographers have sought to comprehend the world. In so doing, it explores several critical arenas of study in the past 30 years, including the importance of representational approaches and theories (examining art, visual media, creative writing, sound and song), and the challenge of post-structuralism and ‘non-representational’ theory. Knowledge and power, hegemony and resistance, memory and heritage, and landscape and nature are recurrent critical themes.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the main theoretical and conflicting approaches to the study of cultural and historical geography.

Critically evaluate the ways in which past and present worlds have been represented, interpreted and conceptualised.

Identify and summarise key theoretical approaches to the study of culture in human geography and assess their relative importance.

Demonstrate knowledge and a critical understanding of the importance of temporal analysis in the study of human geography past and present.

Recognise, synthesize and critically evaluate the importance of geographical context in understanding cultural and historical change.

Portfolio (2000 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 2 Mon 16:0080.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Group PresentationT1 Week 4 (20 minutes)100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterWorkshop3 hours000000100000
Autumn SemesterClass4 hours000100000000
Autumn SemesterLecture2 hours111010111110
Autumn SemesterSeminar1 hour011010011100

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Prof Carl Griffin

Convenor, Assess convenor

Ms Catherine Senger

Assess convenor

Dr Fae Dussart

Assess convenor

Miss Emilia Roycroft

Assess convenor

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