MAPPING THE WORLD: VISUALISING AND UNDERSTANDING SPACE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT

HUS1MAP

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The world is increasingly understood through spatial information, maps and associated images. Maps guide us in everyday tasks but can also be a means to get global overviews on current topics. Today, as in the past, geospatial information is a valuable commodity, harnessed by researchers, governments, business and the public. This subject introduces concepts and perceptions of geographical space and relationships in different cultures, past and present.

Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world and articulating our place in it, at local and regional scales. But maps are not purely scientific objects; they are inherently ideological and subjective, communicating the beliefs, power structures and aspirations of particular times, people and places. In Mapping the World you are invited to discover the many uses of spatial information across disciplines. Think spatially, think critically and think globally in Mapping the World.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMatthew Meredith-Williams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Discovery Subject

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA History of the World in Twelve MapsRecommendedBrotton, J. 2012ALLEN LANE
ReadingsApollo's EyeRecommendedCosgrove, D. 2003.JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
ReadingsOn The MapRecommendedGarfield, S. 2012PROFILE BOOKS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. An understanding of basic principles of mapping and spatial analysis

Activities:
Class exercises and tutorial assignments, final essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. An understanding of data collection for spatial analysis

Activities:
Undertake a practical assignment to design and collect information on spatial data and distributions around the campus
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence)

03. Carrying out independent research by locating relevant sources

Activities:
Short assignment and practical report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence)

04. Demonstrate ability to engage with peers in developing and carrying out research

Activities:
Working in a team to complete data-gathering assignment
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence)

05. Understand how different societies and cultures perceive landscapes and spatial relationships

Activities:
Class exercises and tutorial assignment to compare visual representations of space from different periods and cultures
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Speaking,Quantitative Literacy,Cultural Literacy)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One final essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 01, 02, 05
One practical report (1,200-word equivalent)30 04, 03, 02, 01
Weekly online tutorial activities (1,600-word equivalent)40 05, 03, 01, 02

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One final essay (1,200-word equivalent)30 01, 02, 05
One practical report (1,200-word equivalent)30 04, 03, 02, 01
Weekly online tutorial activities (1,600-word equivalent)40 05, 03, 01, 02