ATS4217 - Histories of place and space - 2017

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Associate Professor Megan Cassidy-Welch

Not offered in 2017


'Histories of place and space' explores the significance of place/space in a variety of historical contexts. The unit will consider such themes as how spaces and places have been contested across time, encoded with social, cultural and political meaning, become historically significant, and generate and reflect historical change and continuity. The unit will introduce students to specific historiographies of a range of historical periods (which may include the medieval, Renaissance, modern and contemporary worlds) and students will examine the range of interpretive frameworks for reading space and place. The unit examines such concepts as territory, borders and frontiers, sacred space, urban space, public and private space. The unit thus aims to introduce honours students both to the 'spatial turn' in history, and to the ways that place and space are historically significant.


Students successfully completing the unit will have:

  1. gained knowledge about the importance of space and place in a variety of historical settings;
  2. gained understanding of a variety of theoretical and conceptual approaches to space and place in history;
  3. furthered their skills in historical research;
  4. developed skills in historical writing and oral communication.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 288 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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This unit is only available to students enrolled in a Bachelor's honours degree