UCL Department of Geography
UCL Home ›› Department of Geography ›› Admissions & Teaching ›› Undergraduates ›› Modules ›› GEOG2024
Personal tools
Log in



Convenor: Dr Caroline Bressey

Unit Value. 0.5 unit                Year: 2                        Term: 1



This module provides an introduction to the fields of cultural and historical geography. It has a slightly different emphasis to other modules because it aims to do this by exploring the philosophies and methodologies used to create cultural and historical geographies, and it is designed to give you the experience and confidence to produce your own. The module encourages students to think critically about questions of representation, different kinds of materials, suitable forms of analysis, questions of politics and ethics, and more.

Examples will be drawn from the lecturers’ own research and from that of other geographers, historians and others, and will concern a wide range of textual and visual sources: novels, paintings, photographs, records, journalism, etc.


Aims of the Course

GEOG2024 is designed to provide a bridge between first year modules like London and the wide variety of cultural and historical modules in the third year. It will also prepare you for dissertation work in these fields, complementing Methods in Human Geography.

The module aims to

-          examine the theoretical and methodological foundations of research in these fields, as well as intellectual traditions in related disciplines

-          explore the representation of space, place and landscape in different forms (visual, textual, etc)  as well as questions of reception and politics.


Method of Teaching

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and compulsory practicals. Weekly reading is essential.



The module is assessed entirely by coursework, comprised of one essay of up to 3000 words  (worth 70% of the assessment) and a reflective essay of up to 1000 words (worth 30% of the assessment).


Key Texts

Blunt, A., Gruffud, P., May, J., Ogborn, M., and Pinder, D. (eds.) (2003) Cultural Geography in Practice. (London: Arnold).

Dwyer, C. & Bressey, C. 2008 New Geographies of Race and Racism (Ashgate)

Graham, B. and Nash, C. (eds.) (2000) Modern Historical Geographies. Harlow: Pearson Education.

Mitchell, D. (2000) Cultural Geography : A critical Introduction (Blackwell)

Morrisey, J, Nally, D, Strohmayer, U, and Whelan, Y (2014) Key Concepts in Historical Geography (Sage).

Oakes, T. S. and Price, P. L. (eds.) (2008) The Cultural Geography Reader. London and New York: Routledge.

Rose, G. 2001 Visual Methodologies (Sage)

Sontag, S, (2003 ). Regarding the Pain of Others (Picador)