In recent years there have been widespread reevaluations of key themes in Cultural and Historical Geography including a focus on cultures of mobility, cultural and social theory, time geographies, geographies of place, landscape studies and interpretations of various media, particularly film. The MA provides students with the opportunity to develop sophisticated understandings of these concepts and the pressing issues associated with them. By delivering broadbased training, the MA provides students with the skills necessary for the completion of a thesis within the specified time limits. In addition, the MA provides training in a range of transferable skills valued by employers.
Some of the key themes discussed in the course during semesters 1 and 2 include:
- Geography, writing and knowledge
- The relationship between space, place and cultural identity
- Timespace and historical practice
- Spatial biographies and geographical historiography
- Practice and performance
- Film, sound, music
- Biocentric cultural geographies
- Technology and cultural geography
- Worlding geographies
- Geography and print
- State formation: power and space
- Historical geographies of resistance
- Cultures of collection
- Cultures of travel
The course is taught by members of the Historical and Cultural Geography Research Group who are highly active in shaping these debates.
During semester 3, students complete an MA thesis, which usually comprises an in-depth study of one of the themes discussed in the taught part of the course. Possible topics for study would include the geographies of travel writing; a life history/life geography of HJ Fleure; place, landscape and music; the historical geographies of resistance; geographies of the book.