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Geography Knows No Boundaries

Credits: 3

Maps are representations of the spaces of our world. As such, maps contain within them the intentions and interpretations of their designers. Throughout this course, we will examine maps, map making, and map interpretation, as well as the ways that these processes are always political and rooted in dynamics of power. You will gain knowledge of the historical and cultural evolution of mapping, as well as familiarity with terms and concepts associated with particular techniques used in cartography and digital mapping. Maps, Power, and the Digital Age approaches the study of maps from the vantage point of critical cartographies, which provide a way to analyze the power behind the maps. You will develop an understanding of how maps always contain an agenda that can be seen through how maps are made, disseminated, and interpreted by the viewer. Through exploring various historical, cultural, and political analyses of mapping, this course examines the implicit power dynamics behind the map, as well as the social justice potential for mapping in today’s digital age. Students will also develop their critical cartographic skills in a practical sense through the use of various open-source online mapping platforms.

Sample Syllabus

Upcoming Events

Mar 21 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting
Mar 22 | 8:30AM | Race, Place, and Justice
Mar 23 | 8:00AM | Race, Place and Justice
Mar 30 | 3:00PM | Greg Pope, Montclair State
Apr 6 | 3:00PM | Laura Stevens
Apr 18 | 9:30AM | Faculty/Staff Meeting

Contact Us

Balm, Roger. Lucy Stone Hall Painting Department of Geography-Rutgers University
Lucy Stone Hall, 54
Joyce Kilmer Avenue
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8045
Voice:  848.445.4103 or 848.445.4107
Fax:  732.445.0006