Maps and their journeys: exploring a variety of visual forms and their stories

Ref: C2336617

From Ogilby’s strip maps through Ordnance Survey to Google Earth we will explore this rich variety of visual forms and the stories connected with them. Students are encouraged to bring in maps, share their travel experiences and make simple maps during the course.

Course aim

To develop awareness and enjoy the variety of maps, to learn how they relate to history and to travellers tales, both real and imaginary.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

Early maps, Ogilby's strip maps, Ordnance Survey, digital maps, social, political and creative maps.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Give a brief outline of the development of maps in history 2. Demonstrate an awareness of the social, political and creative impact of maps 3. Make simple maps or other records of their own journeys 4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of digital mapping

How will I know I'm making progress?

The tutor will monitor and encourage student training and progress throughout the course through contribution to small group and class discussion and completion of individual and group tasks. The student may ask for verbal progress reports at any time. Formal written feedback comes with the self assessment and tutor assessment at the end of the course.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

A notebook and pen and/or pencil will be useful. Students own maps of interest will be very welcome. One session will include a field trip.

Reading and information sources

No specific reading for the course, just an interest in maps and travel.

What could the course lead to?

This course will enable further self study of maps and encourage students to make maps of their own. The tutor will provide information on progression opportunities by the end of the course.

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