The history and mystery of psychogeography ADED11514E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Psychogeography is the study of the specific psychological effects inspired by the geographical environment on the emotions and behaviour of the individual. Interest in psychogeography has never been higher. The term has appeared in colour supplements, and been discussed on the radio and in television documentaries. This course begins with an explanation of the theories and practices behind psychogeography, covering its history from Roman times through to the present by way of 19th century literature, the Occult, Avant Garde Art, Philosophy, Situationism and Punk Rock.


Block 4

2 hours per week for 10 weeks.

Wednesday, 13.00-15.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Essay (c.2000 words)

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■  Provide students with an understanding of the historical significance, practice, and cultural impact of psychogeography

■  Enable students to become familiar with and understand psychological theories of interaction with the landscape.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe the history of psychogeography and explain key theories relating to it.

■ Demonstrate awareness of psychogeography's impact on the development of our interpretation of and relationship with literature, revolutionary politics, art, philosophy, and sound.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.