Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1 (Taught over 2 semesters)
This is a core subject requirement for the MA in Landscape and Territory and should be taken alongside GGM3020 Engaging Territory.
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Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 2 hrs


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment One extended essay (5000 words)  60%
Semester Assessment One project essay (3000 words)  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed assignments only if overall module mark is a fail.  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of landscape and how this has been developed and used in human geography and related disciplines.

Discuss and evaluate the application of different theoretical perspectives in geographical literature on landscape.

Describe and analyse a range of contexts in which landscape has been examined in geographical research.

Articulate and justify an individual critical perspective in relation to literature and debates concerning landscape in human geography and related disciplines.

Construct and communicate a scholarly argument in written form.

Apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to a specific case study.

Brief description

The module will be taught in ten two-hour sessions. Following an introduction to the module, the sessions focus on themes of a more specific nature (see below), providing students with an overview of key debates on landscape within cultural and historical geography.


1) Introduction: Approaches to landscape
2) Landscape and representation
3) Practical Event: details to be confirmed (double session, timetabled separately)
4) Politics of landscape
5) Landscape, embodiment, mobility and performance
6) Architectural landscapes
7) Heritage landscapes: a political economy of prestige and infamy
8) Landscapes of/as memory
9) Landscapes of Ruin and Remediation: nature, industry and equivalence

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Some set readings may discuss empirical research based on numerical analysis.
Communication Oral skills will be extensively developed through discussion in seminars.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study, including extensive reading for the project essay. Students will be required to develop self and time-management skills and will receive guidance from the MA coordinator, the module coordinator and the coordinator of the session.
Information Technology Students will develop their IT skills in researching and presenting their written work. In particular, they will be expected to make use of varied online resources (such as online library or archival databases) in conducting research for the essays.
Personal Development and Career planning Students who wish to pursue academic careers within human geography will be encouraged to situate themselves and their own work in relation to concepts, theories and ideas that are presented in the module.
Problem solving Developed through the 5,000-word and 3,000 word essays—an independent pieces of work demonstrating an appreciation of connections between philosophical, epistemological, and theoretical debates on the themes of landscape and territory.
Research skills Developed through the essays (see above).
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches for the study of landscape and territory
Team work The module will involve group-based discussions and activities. Students will frequently be required to discuss concepts and ideas within pairs and within a group setting. The key skills developed here: listening, reflecting, negotiating and debating.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Wylie, J. (2007) Landscape Routledge: London Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7