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
  • landscape and nature.


73%: Lecture
27%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: