SAL-23306 Cultural and Historical Geography


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)dr. HB Muzaini
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. C Minca
dr. ir. M Duineveld
dr. HB Muzaini
Examiner(s)prof. dr. C Minca

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

Human Geography

Continuation courses:

Cultural Geography


This course provides critical historical knowledge of the political, cultural and natural processes that shape cultural landscapes. It will focus on the broad set of processes involved in the historical production of landscapes. In order to understand contemporary cultural landscapes, this course takes into account their historical genealogies together with their material, symbolic and social impact. It will offer a broad overview of how past spatial practices, ideas, policies and technologies are embedded in present day spaces. Attention will be given to debates on preservation, heritage, and in general on the practical, political and ideological issues that confront people when coping with the historical legacy in current design and planning interventions. Examples are taken from the built environment (residential areas, industrial spaces, parks, squares and streets), modern and traditional rural landscapes, abandoned or transitional spaces, new spaces of consumption, such as waterfronts and leisure areas.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- analyze the significance of multilayered historical 'traces' in contemporary cultural landscapes;
- apply social theory to the reading of a variety of complex urban and rural landscapes;
- assess the meaning and content of current conflicts and discourses on historical heritage and landscape transformation;
- classify and compare different types of historical landscapes and their characteristics;
- identify the role of everyday actors, professionals and policy makers in spatial conflicts concerned with questions of landscape management, renewal and preservation;
- identify the time-space framework in which specific materializations of ideological and political processes emerge in the built environment.


- lectures and multimedia presentations;
- studying literature;
- discussion with guest lecturers.


Written exam.


Will be announced in the course programme.

Keuze voor: BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc5AF