MAPPING THE WORLD: VISUALISING AND UNDERSTANDING SPACE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT
Credit points: 15
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
Subject Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG
Special conditions Discovery Subject
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||A History of the World in Twelve Maps||Recommended||Brotton, J. 2012||ALLEN LANE|
|Readings||Apollo's Eye||Recommended||Cosgrove, D. 2003.||JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS|
|Readings||On The Map||Recommended||Garfield, S. 2012||PROFILE 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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Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusan Lawrence
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
One 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
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.
|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|