Advanced Seminar: Mapping

UPADM-GP.281, 4 points.


Maps are complex artifacts, both pictorial and abstract, technical and symbolic, works of art and science. This course will consider maps as ways of understanding, picturing and abstracting the world, with examples from ancient Egypt to Google Earth. Topics to be covered in the seminar include: Ptolemy’s Geography; world maps (mappa mundi) and cosmographical diagrams; mapping and geographic exploration; the development of world atlases; the invention of true city plans; warfare, state building and mapmaking; mapping as a tool of empire; surveying and land ownership; Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis; and experimental maps in contemporary art.

Prerequisites: None

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