GEG-30014 - Inspirational Landscapes
Coordinator: Peter Knight Room: WSF30 Tel: +44 1782 7 34304
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Level: Level 6
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective





There are no prerequisites for this module.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2023/24

This module is all about how we look at the world around us, and about how what we see depends on how we choose to look. The author Marcel Proust wrote that the true voyage of discovery involves seeing through the eyes of different people. In this module, we look at landscape not only through geographical or environmental eyes but through the eyes of artists, poets, explorers, novelists and composers. The idea of landscape is at the heart of Geography and Environmental subjects. This module explores landscape from different perspectives to see how core academic concepts in those subjects tie together in the context of this overarching theme. The assessment is mainly project-based. Students are free to tie the project directly to their own interests in areas such as music, film or literature or to adopt a more traditional geomorphological, historical, cultural or applied approach to landscape. Projects can include creative components (such as your own musical composition, creative writing, or dance) as illustrations or demonstrations of your ideas. The module encourages students to explore the boundaries of the discipline of Geography, both internal (for example between scientific and aesthetic geographical writing and between physical and human geography) and external (for example where geography meets the creative arts).

To explore relationships between the geographical environment and human creativity in both academic geography and popular culture, examining the ways in which landscape can be inspirational through the analysis of contrasting representations of specific landscapes in academic sources and in cultural media such as literature, film and music.
To provide a cross-disciplinary module that enables students to explore the boundaries of the discipline of Geography and showcases Keele's innovative and engaging approach to the subject, offering students the opportunity to combine weekly session-based learning with a substantial piece of independent project work.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

compare and critically evaluate a range of different approaches to the analysis and appreciation of landscape based on representations of landscape in both academic sources and popular cultural media such as music, poetry, cinema and fine art: 2
initiate and carry out a project that explores in depth, and communicates in an appropriate geographical style with reference to geographical concepts, the inspirational significance of landscape in geography and/or popular cultural media: recognize and comment upon important themes, connections and characters in the history of the study and appreciation of landscape: 2

Study hours

24 hours live-class contact (interactive lectures and group discussion)
48 hours structured engagement with tutor-provided resources
24 hours independent reading and reflection
44 hours researching and producing coursework project (Ass 1)
10 hours researching and completing workbook exercise (Ass 2)

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Project weighted 75%
Project report, approx. 3000-3500 words
The project allows students to apply ideas and issues from the module to their own personal interests, showing how Geography can be applied to many different areas of experience. Students choose their own topic (which might be something that initially appears non-academic, such as a hobby) and "do Geography to it". Students are encouraged to include other media in addition to simple text, and the project can include creative elements as illustration or demonstration of key points. (For example, previous students have composed music, choreographed dance, created movies, or made paintings to communicate ideas about landscape.) Alternatively, a project could be presented as a Patchwork Report or reflective diary extending and elaborating upon a student's experience of the taught component of the module. Expected length 3000-3500 words, although this is flexible depending on the exact nature of the project.

2: Exercise weighted 25%
Exercise requiring short responses to visual prompts
Exercise requiring short responses to visual prompts related to the specific topics and content of the taught sessions. For example, students might be presented with a set of images that could be placed together an a PowerPoint slide for an imaginary class within the module, and asked to provide an appropriate commentary that could be delivered alongside those images within a lecture. Typically students will be asked to respond to 5 sets of images, providing a total of about 1,250 words in total for the exercise.