Mapping the World: Visualizing and Understanding Space in the Past and Present

La Trobe University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mapping the World: Visualizing and Understanding Space in the Past and Present

  • Host University

    La Trobe University

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Geography, Sociology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The world is increasingly understood through spatial information, maps and associated images. Maps guide us in everyday tasks but can also be a means to get global overviews on current topics. Today, as in the past, geospatial information is a valuable commodity, harnessed by researchers, governments, business and the public. This subject introduces concepts and perceptions of geographical space and relationships in different cultures, past and present.
    Throughout history, maps have been fundamental in shaping our view of the world and articulating our place in it, at local and regional scales. But maps are not purely scientific objects; they are inherently ideological and subjective, communicating the beliefs, power structures and aspirations of particular times, people and places. In Mapping the World you are invited to discover the many uses of spatial information across disciplines. Think spatially, think critically and think globally in Mapping the World.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.