|Module Title||THE RISE AND FALL OF DISTANCE|
|Co-ordinator||Dr John Walton|
|Other staff||Dr Robert Mayhew, Dr Rhys Jones|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 Hours 12 x 2 hour|
|Practicals / Field Days||Two local field visits|
|Assessment||Exam||2 Hours A two-hour unseen examination. Answer two from four questions.||100%|
|Supplementary examination||2 Hours Same format i.e. answer two from four questions.||100%|
The module introduces students to the sub-discipline of historical geography through an exploration of the changing meanings of geographical distance. A world where self-sufficient societies predominated and distance had limited meaning, was gradually supplanted by or incorporated into a world where rank or status was linked to command over distance. In more recent times, revolutions in transport and communication have been associated with the uneven democratisation of distance. The module considers the consequences of this for human sentiments of identity and otherness, which are seen as reciprocal, multi-layered and contingent. Current attempts to conserve vernacular cultures and material objects are examined. The scope of the module is global but many of the examples and the case studies will be drawn from Britain and continental Europe. Students will be introduced to themes and sources of evidence which have potential for dissertation research.
To provide an overview of the changing meanings of geographical distance across the span of human history, and through that, to introduce current research themes in historical geography.
Module objectives / Learning outcomes
On completion of this module students will be able to:
a) describe the emergence, development and key contemporary research agendas in historical geography.
b) discuss in an informed manner the diverse and changing meaning of distance.
c) outline and critically evaluate the diversity of methodological approaches available for the study of historical geography.
d) show evidence of the depth of their reading and their ability to marshall an argument in written form.
** Recommended Text
Butlin, R.A. and Dodgshon, R.A. (eds). (1998) An Historical Geography of Europe.. Oxford
Langton, J.. (1984) The industrial revolution and the regional geography of England.. 9th. Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers NS
Vance, J.E.. (1986) Capturing the Horizon: the Historical Geography of Transportation since the Transportation Revolution in the Sixteenth Century.. New York.
Hugill, P.. (1993) World Trade since 1431: Geography, Technology and Capitalism.. Baltimore