Critical Digital Geographies

Module code: GY3425

This final year module will reflect critically on the changing predominant philosophies of GIScience over time. You'll then consider from a critical angle the many emergent elements of digital geographies, such as the increased use of mobile devices and their impact on/creation of space and place, neogeographies and their expansion over the past 10 years.

The module will also evaluate the historical use of maps as a communication medium, from a cartesian and non-cartesian perspective, and link this theme to recent developments in map art and how it challenges the rigid structures and philosophies of GIScience.

Topics covered

  • Philosophy of GIS/GIScience
  • Map Art
  • Neogeographies
  • Privacy and Geosurveillance
  • Smart Cities
  • Internet of Things
  • Big Data
  • Dark Net

Learning

  • 10 hours of lectures
  • 14 hours of seminars
  • 2 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 2 hours of tutorials
  • 122 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Presentation on the 'Digital Turn' (50%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (50%)