|| GG25410 |
|| THE RISE AND FALL OF DISTANCE |
|| 2004/2005 |
|| Dr Robert J Mayhew |
|| Semester 1 |
|| Dr Heidi V Scott, Dr Rhys A Jones, Mr Gareth C Hoskins |
| Course delivery
|| Lecture || 20 Hours 10 x 2 hour |
|| Practical || Practicals / Field Days. Two local field visits |
|Assessment Type||Assessment Length/Details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours A two-hour unseen examination. Answer two from four questions.||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours Same format i.e. answer two from four questions.||100%|
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this module students should 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.
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.
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.
** Recommended Text
Gilbert, D., Matless, D., Short, B. (Eds.) (2003) Geographies of British modernity: space and society in the twentieth century
Graham, B., Nash, C. (Eds.) (2000) Modern Historical Geographies
Harlow: Prentice Hall
Loomba, A. (1998) Colonialism/Postcolonialism
Nash, C. and Ogborn, M. (2003) Historical Geography: Making the Modern World, in A. Rogers and .A. Viles (Eds.) The Student's Companion to Geography (second edition)
Pratt, M.L. (1992) Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation
** Supplementary Text
Blaut, J. (1993) The Coloniser's Model of the World: Geographical Diffusionism and Eurocentric History
London and New York: Guildford Press
Mignolo, W.D. (1995) The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press
Schivelbusch, W. (1978) The railway journey: the industrialisation of time and space in the 19th century
Wade, P. (1997) Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
London and Chicago: Pluto Press
Ogborn, M. (1998) Spaces of modernity: London's geographies
London: Guilford Press
Hendricks, M., Parker, P. (1994) Women, 'Race' and Writing in the Early Modern Period
London and New York: Routledge
Matless, D. (1998) Landscape and Englishness
Harley, J.B. (2001) The New Nature of Maps: Essays in the History of Cartography
The John Hopkins Press
Driver, F. and Gilbert, D. (Eds.) (1999) Imperial cities: landscape, display and identity
Manchester: Manchester University Press
Daniels, S. (1993) Fields of vision: landscape and national identity in England and the United States
(1975 - current) Journal of Historical Geography
This module is at CQFW Level 5