• Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course critically considers the ways in which the sub-disciplinary field of historical geography has explored the geographies of people, places and environments in the past and their reverberations in the present, through the key themes of care, conflict and confinement.


2 hours lectures per week

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Fulfilment of entry requirements to Level 3 Geography

Excluded Courses




One 2500-word project, one 1500-word essay and one Group Project.

Course Aims

This course will offer an introduction to the sub-disciplinary field of historical geographies and aims to provide conceptual, empirical and methodological elements, from different times and places, and promote a deeper understanding of the ways in which the past has been (re)presented in geographical work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

Subject specific learning outcomes:

1. examine the dynamics of space and place portrayed through the lens of historical geography;

2. describe and evaluate the central debates and philosophies of historical geography;

3. critically assess the methodological practices, innovations and challenges in historical geography;

4. critically evaluate empirical studies based around issues of care, conflict and confinement in light of recent theoretical work in historical geography;

5. source, assemble, evaluate and employ evidence from a variety of historical and geographical contexts in the development of verbal and written argument in historical geography.


Transferable skill-learning outcomes:

1. analyse critically;

2. source, evaluate and analyse diverse primary materials to be used as 'evidence' for coursework assignments;

3. discuss and present orally ideas and findings associated with the course;

4. construct a written critical argument based on library-based research, and conforming to academic conventions in terms of citations and referencing;

5. work constructively and creatively in groups when addressing specific tasks;

6. work to deadlines.

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.