Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Other Staff

Course Delivery

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


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Extended essay (3000 words)  60%
Semester Assessment Reading journal (1200 words)  20%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation based on a specific case study (10 minutes) (to be recorded using lecture capture (video & sound))   20%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed assignments only if the overall module mark is a fail. Students unable to present their research proposal in the scheduled session will make a presentation to a panel of staff at a re-arranged time.  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of territory and how this has been developed and used in human geography and related disciplines.
  2. Discuss and evaluate the application of different theoretical perspectives in geographical literature on territory.
  3. Describe and analyse a range of contexts in which territory has been examined in geographical research.
  4. Articulate and justify an individual critical perspective in relation to literature and debates concerning territory in human geography and related disciplines..
  5. Construct and communicate a scholarly argument in written form.
  6. Apply theoretical perspectives and concepts to a specific case study.
  7. Communicate research findings effectively through an oral presentation.

Brief description

The module will be taught in ten two-hour sessions. The module seeks to examine how territory has been conceptualized and theorized in human geography and other related disciplines. A number of more specific themes are examined in detail including: the production and disruption of territoriality through colonial, postcolonial and geopolitical agencies; the material and discursive practices of states and governments in producing and inscribing territory; how territory has always been contested by a range of individuals and groups; the way in which mobilities of people, knowledge and resources disrupts notions of territorial integrity.


1) Encountering territory and territoriality
2) Colonial and postcolonial territorialities
3) Territory and geopolitics
4) States and territories
5) Inscribing legible territory
6) Contesting territory and place
7) Territories and globalisation
8) Mobilities and territoriality
10) Networked territorialities

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Some set readings may discuss empirical research based on numerical analysis.
Communication Written communication skills will be developed and assessed through the extended essay. Oral skills will be developed through discussion in seminars and will be assessed through the oral presentation.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of self-directed study, including extensive reading for the essay and the oral presentation. 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 and the oral presentation. 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 extended 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 extended essay (an independent piece of work demonstrating an appreciation of connections between philosophical, epistemological, and theoretical debates on the themes of landscape and territory); the oral presentation (researching a case study related to the concept of territory and devising and effective means of presenting it orally).
Research skills Developed through the 5,000-word extended essay and the oral presentation (see above).
Subject Specific Skills Knowledge and understanding of concepts and approaches for the study of 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
Edney, M. (1997) Mapping an empire: geographical construction of British India, 1765-1843 University of Chicago Press Primo search Hannah, M. (2000) Governmentality and the Mastery of Territory in Nineteenth Century America Cambridge University Press Primo search Merriman, P (2007) Driving Spaces: A Cultural-Historical Geography of England's M1 Motorway Oxford: Blackwell Primo search Sack, RD (1986) Human Territoriality: its Theory and History chapter on state Cambridge University Press Primo search Agnew, J. (2005) Annals of the Association of American Geographers Sovereignty regimes: territoriality and state authority in contemporary world politics 95: pp. 437-461 Primo search Allen, J. (2004) Geografiska Annaler The Whereabouts of power: politics, government and space 86 B (1): 19-32 Primo search Amoore, L. (2006) Political Geography Biometric borders: governing mobilities in the war on terror 25(3): 336-351 Primo search Cheah, P. (2007) Biopower and the new international division of reproductive labor 34(1):81-113 Primo search Cupers, K. (2005) Journal of Urban and Regional Research Towards a nomadic geography: rethinking space and identity for the potentials of progressive politics in the contemporary city 29(4): 729-739 Primo search Curry, M., Phillips, D. and Regan, P. (2004) The Information Society Emergency response systems and the creeping legibility of people and places 20(5): 357-369 Primo search Demeritt, D. (2001) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Scientific forest conservation and the statistical picturing of nature?s limits in the Progressive-era United States 19: 431-459 Primo search FitzGerald, S. Demanding Sex: Critical Reflections on the Regulation of Prostitution Putting trafficking on the map: the geography of feminist complicity?, in V. Munro and M. Della Giusta (eds). pp. 99-120 Aldershot: Ashgate Primo search Gow, P. (1995) The Anthropology of Landscape: Perspectives on Place and Space Land, people and paper in Amazonia, in: Hirsch, E. and O?Hanlon, M. (eds.) Clarendon Press Primo search Halfacree, K. (1996) Antipode Out of place in the countryside: travellers and the ?rural idyll? 29, 42-71 Primo search Hannah. M (2009) Political Geography Calculable territory and the West German census boycott movements of the 1980s 28(1): 66-75 Primo search Howell, P. (2004) Urban History Race, space and the regulation of prostitution in colonial Hong Kong 31(2): 229-248 Primo search Huxley, M. (2006) Social & Cultural Geography Spatial rationalities: order, environment, evolution and government 7(5): 771-787 Primo search Jessop B, Brenner N, Jones M (2008) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space Theorizing sociospatial relations 26(3) 389 ? 401 Primo search Jones, R, Goodwin, M, Jones, M, Simpson, G, (2004) Environment and Planning Devolution, state personnel and the production of new territories of governance in the UK A 36: 89-109 Primo search Legg, S. (2006) Social & Cultural Geography Governmentality, congestion and calculation in colonial Delhi 7(5): 709-729 Primo search Marston, S. A. (2000) Progress in Human Geography The social construction of scale 24(2), 219-242 Primo search Merriman, P. (2004) Theory, Culture & Society Driving places: Marc Augé, non-places, and the geographies of England?s M1 motorway 21(4/5): 145-167 Primo search Mitchell, D (2005) Political Geography The S.U.V. model of citizenship: floating bubbles, buffer zones, and the rise of the ?purely atomic? individual 24(1): 77-100 Primo search Murdoch, J. and Ward, N. (1997) Political Geography Governmentality and territoriality: the statistical manufacture of Britain?s ?national farm? 16(4): 307-324 Primo search Newman, D. and A. Paasi (1998) Progress in Human Geography Fences and neighbours in the postmodern world: boundary narratives in political geography 22(2): 186-207 Primo search Pickles, J (2004) A History of Spaces: Cartographic Reason, mapping and the Geo-coded world London: Routledge Primo search Radcliffe, S. A. (1990) Journal of Latin American Studies Marking the boundaries between the community, the state and history in the Andes 22 (3) 575-594 Primo search Rose-Redwood, R (2008) Journal of Historical Geography Indexing the great ledger of the community: urban house numbering, city directories, and the production of spatial legibility 34: 286-310 Primo search Scott, H (2004) Environment and Planning D: Society and Space A mirage of colonial consensus: resettlement schemes in early Spanish Peru 22: 885-899 Primo search Walters, W (2006) European Journal of Social Theory Border/Control 9(2): 187-203 Primo search Woods, M (2003) Journal of Rural Studies Deconstructing rural protest: the emergence of a new social movement 19(3): 309-325 Primo search Wright, G (1987) The Journal of Modern History Tradition in the service of modernity: architecture and urbanism in French colonial policy, 1900-1930 59(2): 291-316 Primo search Yuval-Davis, N (2000) Democracy, Citizenship and the Global City Citizenship, territoriality and gendered construction of difference, in E Isin (ed) Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 7