The history and mystery of psychogeography

Key facts

  • Cost: £160
  • Credits: 10


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. 

Areas you'll explore include: 

  • The historical significance, practice, and cultural impact of psychogeography 
  • The psychological theories of interaction with the landscape.  

By the end of the course, you’ll 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.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who has an interest in art history and in particular the 20th century and Psychogeography.   


10 Credits at SCQF level 7 (level 1 at undergraduate study)  

Can contribute towards a CertHE in art history 


Essay (c.2000 words)

Mode of study

A mixture of lectures/seminars delivered on campus


Can contribute towards a CertHE in the history of art. 

Find out more

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