Course Description

Course Name

Landscape and Mapping Space

Session: VLNS3422

Hours & Credits

20 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Prerequisite: equivalent to level 1 Photography Skills course

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: set of analogue or digital inkjet photographic images [65%], written analysis (2000-2500 words) [35%]
Photography?s historical role has traditionally echoed painting by situating the natural and the sublime as contrary to industrialisation and modernism. However, our understanding of this dialectic has shifted, to take account of culture/society as the determining agencies defining the natural. This identifies a more complex interpretation of the distinguishing features of landscape through its relationship to the increasing impact of industry and the built environment. Contemporary investigations in photography identify the significance of ever-evolving socio-political agendas and ecological concerns in relation to landscape and also raise questions as to what constitutes the topography of spaces. This module will investigate mapping the complexities of landscape through the shifting topographical concerns of photography. It will exploit Roehampton University?s unique location as a suburban/liminal space on the border of the urban expanse of London and the rural/residential green belt of Surrey, to explore the variant discourses and negotiations around the mapping of spaces and places.

*Course content subject to change