CP0221 - Culture, Space and Place

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0221
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Jonathan Anderson
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

Recent years have witnessed a so-called ‘cultural turn’ within geography as the inter-relations between culture, space and place have been awarded an increased significance.  Moving away from traditional concerns with narrow and descriptive understandings of culture, a ‘new’ cultural geography has emerged which has attempted to understand the multiple and contested cultural meanings attached to space, place and landscape. 


This module provides a critical review of these developments. It begins by tracing the historical development of cultural geography and then moves on to provide an overview of the key components of the contemporary subject.  In particular, the module considers the cultural construction of space and place, geographies of identity and difference, spaces of power and resistance, and culture of nature.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

1.    Appreciate key theoretical developments in cultural geography;

2.    Understand the complex connections between culture, space and place;

3.    Understand the ways in which issues of identity, difference, power and resistance are bound up with spatial processes.

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Skills that will be practised and developed

1.    Critically review theoretical geographical literatures;

2.    Connect theoretical materials with particular case-studies.

3.    Critically review theoretical literatures;

4.    Connect theoretical materials with case-studies;

5.    Communicate ideas effectively through written and oral presentations.

How the module will be assessed

Type of assessment





(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment






(50% Individual Essay)





(50% Film Essay)





The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 50
Culture, Space And Place - Individual Essay
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
Culture, Space And Place - Film Essay
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Essential Reading and Resource List

Key Text:

Anderson, J. 2010 Understanding Cultural Geography: Places & Traces. Routledge: London & New York.


Anderson, K et al eds. 2003 Handbook of Cultural Geography. Sage: London.

Blunt, A. Wills, J. eds 2003 Cultural geography in practice. Arnold: London.

Cook, I., Crouch, D., Naylor, S., and Ryan, J. (2000), Cultural turns / geographical turns, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

Crang, M. 1998 Cultural geography. London : Routledge.

Cresswell, T. 2004. Place. A Short Introduction. Blackwell:Oxford.

Jackson, P. (1994), Maps of Meaning, London: Routledge.

Massey, D. (2005) For Space. Sage: London.

Mitchell, D. 2000 Cultural Geography: A Critical Introduction. Blackwell: Oxford.

Sharp, J. et al (eds) (2000) Entanglements of Power: geographies of domination/resistance. Routledge. London & New York.

Shields, R. 1991 Places on the Margin. Routledge: London.

Shurmer-Smith, P. ed. 2002 Doing Cultural Geography. Sage: London.

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