Cultural Landscapes (GE3224)

Semester I, 2001/2002

Lecturer: Dr. Tim Bunnell, Department of Geography, National University of Singapore

Aims and Objectives

1. To explore the contribution of Cultural Geography to the understanding of landscape, space and culture.

2. To give students a critical appreciation of the cultural construction and work of landscapes in various media.




Lectures: Thursday 10 -12 in AS4/01-04

First lecture: 2 August

No lecture on: 9 August (National Day); 6 September (Recess week)

Rearranged lecture: Friday 21 September (to be confirmed)

Examination: Saturday 17th November (am)

Tutorials: Fridays 9-10, 10-11 or 11-12 in AS2/02-03

Have cultural geographers' conceptions of 'human-environment relations' changed over the course of the past century? If so, how?

Project planning and discussion

Select one example of how 'cultural others' are represented in any medium (e.g. film, TV, magazines, literature, exhibitions, music etc.). Drawing upon Edward Said's concept of 'imaginative geographies', discuss the power relations involved in your chosen act of representation.

Action research: Identify any site, conduct or artefact that you consider to be 'out of place' in contemporary Singapore. Record this in any means you see fit and be prepared to discuss and justify your choice. Please do not break the law or cause offence in the process!

Project update

If you were to draw up a module on cultural geography to be taught at tertiary level, what are the key issues and themes that would go into it? (it must not look like the one I have devised for you!)


Cultural Geography has made a distinctive contribution to the understanding of relations between landscape, space and culture. Cultural Landscapes explores this contribution in two ways. First, is a focus on the conceptual underpinnings of cultural geography (for example, notions of culture, landscape and power). Second, is through a thematic approach to cultural landscapes in a variety of historical and geographical settings. The module thus plots a course which ranges from imaginative geographies of exploration and travel writing to high-rise cityscapes and national identity, to the cultures of cyberspace and the virtual landscape.


The thirteen weeks of lectures break down into two broad sections. The first, 'Conceptual Concerns', consists of three weeks of lectures and the second, 'A Thematic Approach', consists of eight. The remaining two weeks are for project presentations and a summary/revision class at the end of the course.








Group written assignment and project presentation (30%)

Tutorial participation and class exercises (10%)

Examination (60%)

Group Project:

Text and References


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