RS: Maps and Power

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX104M10
Vaknaam RS: Maps and Power
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: Maps and Power
Leerdoelen L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the track specialisation(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of the specialisation track. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3)

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving Everybody uses maps, but most people do not realise that maps frame the ways in which they see the world in quite significant ways. As aides for location or navigation, maps are not innocent objects. They do not tell on their own a story of power, of order, or of governance. They do not show the world as it is but rather depict very particular ways of understanding order, spatially. They can be used to project particular spatial beliefs or to highlight specific frames or conditions for order. Their purpose is to contribute towards the creation of a spatial imaginary in the observer. When approached as sites of power, however, maps become records of experiences of knowing, inventing and creating orders.

This course encourages students to explore maps as instruments from which to interpret strategies of power and to understand the spaces of governance they create. It focuses on the logics of representation behind mapping and their geopolitical effect in the creation of novel spaces of governance. By analysing current and historical maps (some kept at the Special Collection at the Groningen University Library, some in digital form in the private and open domains), students will have the opportunity to ‘deconstruct’ the rhetoric of maps in order to reveal mostly hidden ways of governing. The course will allow students to have physical and intellectual contact with some maps, learn about mapping practices and techniques, understand cartographic knowledges, and explore the governing institutions that intervene in mapmaking to be able to tell a story of order, power and governance through maps.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm nog niet bekend
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. L.E. Lobo-Guerrero
Docent(en) prof. dr. L.E. Lobo-Guerrero
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 24 January 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Friday 4 February 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 11 February. Research Seminars start in the week of 14 February.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
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