hus1map mapping the world




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-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Discovery Subject

Learning resources


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

Class exercises and tutorial assignments, final essay

02. An understanding of data collection for spatial analysis

Undertake a practical assignment to design and collect information on spatial data and distributions around the campus

03. Carrying out independent research by locating relevant sources

Short assignment and practical report

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

Working in a team to complete data-gathering assignment

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

Class exercises and tutorial assignment to compare visual representations of space from different periods and cultures

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One final essay (1,200-word equivalent)3001, 02, 05
One practical report (1,200-word equivalent)3004, 03, 02, 01
Weekly online tutorial activities (1,600-word equivalent)4005, 03, 01, 02