Geography: Beliefs, Monuments and Landscape with Dr Hadrian Cook

Ref: C3532674

Humans have created a landscape for themselves that frequently extends beyond the requirements of food, shelter, and the manufacture of material artefacts. We will consider the expression of humans in relation to their landscape in the symbolism of monuments created, beliefs, folklore, legends and aspects of social behaviour. Included are pre-historic and historic cults, pilgrimage, continuity and change in cultures and in aspects of faith. There will be critical reference of available evidence, with examples from megalithic monuments, cults of the saints, monasticism and legends including Arthurian matter. The geographical focus will be on Britain and Ireland.

Course aim

We will explore values and activities in the landscape that reach beyond economic considerations of producing food and goods and which relate to culture, aesthetics, and religion with specific reference to the British Isles.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

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

  • Understand how humans have shaped the landscape for social and religious purposes since prehistory
  • Appreciate the likely dynamics between hunting, gathering and agriculture in shaping belief systems
  • Consider how the organisation of earlier societies may be reflected in monuments
  • Understand how belief systems may have entered the British Isles since prehistory
  • Appreciate the rise of historic and modern beliefs associated with the landscape and its monuments

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Geography: Beliefs, Monuments and Landscape with Dr Hadrian Cook


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