Contemporary Digital Geographies

Module code: GY3251

Module co-ordinator: Dr Claire Jarvis 

Module Outline

This module takes a more intellectual and critical focus to GIScience (taken in its broadest sense) than in your earlier studies, and seeks to unpack a range of contemporary issues encountered when applying spatial digital technologies. These broad themes include cartographic communication (traditional, web, mobile & VR), uncertainty of information, participation, privacy and philosophy. Students will have the opportunity to expand and unpack these themes in a variety of settings, tailored to their interests.

As part of the module, students will also undertake a number of hands-on practicals using digital spatial technologies, but please note that this is not a “technical” GIS course; the practicals have been designed to be undertaken by those who took GIS in the 2nd year as well as those who did not.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures; Seminars; Surgeries; Directed Reading; Computer Practical Classes and Independent Study.


  • A choice of essay or computer practical on alternative representations
  • A seminar paper with a choice from approximately 40 topics, together with an associated presentation and discussion. These papers will be presented together on one day in the form of a student-led mini-conference.