Cultural and Historical Geographies (L7020)

15 credits, Level 5

Autumn teaching

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.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 24 hours of contact time and about 126 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: