INT 432 - Senior Seminar: Sense of Planet




This Senior Seminar uses maps to explore intersections between people and place.  How do maps frame the way we see the world?  How, in turn, do we interpret maps that we use?  These questions lie at the heart of our examination of such themes as maps as story, maps as mathematical models, maps as art, and maps as ideology.  Students will think critically about how these themes play out in their fields of study, currently, historically, and across cultures.  As a seminar, discussion is pivotal to this course, facilitated alternately by faculty and students.  Students will also pursue individual research projects, which they will present to the class.  Resources include historic and contemporary maps, atlases, and geography textbooks; online map collections; academic articles and other readings about maps and cartography; guest speakers; and field trips. Prerequisite: Senior Status