Fall 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rosen, Mark
Discipline and Number
HUAS 6315 Section 001
W Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
History of Cartography

Description of Course:

We live in a moment when our relationship with maps seems to be endlessly changing; from static paper maps to satellite images to GPS technologies, how our world is conceived and understood has undergone massive paradigm shifts (multiple times!) in recent years. Many questions concerning their production and use have opened up to us, but such inquiry into the role of maps is hardly new; in fact, as long as there have been maps, there have been theories about their purpose.

This course takes the long view in the history of cartography, from the earliest geographical representation to recent developments in the field. The seminar will not give the students a linear course in the history of cartography, but, rather, will use the concept of “mapping” to consider subjects as diverse as cosmology, landscape painting, architecture, diagrams of unreal places, visual or literary utopias, space-based narrative strategies, the longstanding debate about mapping as an art or science, the roles of maps as tools of power, the rise of real-time interactive mapping, and the ramifications of the most recent technologies on our lives.

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