Geography

Cultural and Historical Geographies

Module code: L7020
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Portfolio, Coursework

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.

By studying this module, you'll develop a nuanced understanding of the relationship between these two approaches and of their overlapping concerns, concepts and practitioners.

After you are introduced to the idea of culture and consider the importance of time in geographical analysis, you analyse the different ways in which cultural and historical geographers have sought to comprehend the world.

In so doing, you explore 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)
  • the challenge of poststructuralism and ‘non-representational’ theory.

You will also focus on the following recurrent critical themes: knowledge and power, hegemony and resistance, memory and heritage, and landscape and nature.

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.