Course: Historical geography

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Course title Historical geography
Course code KGG/HIGE
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional, Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Frajer Jindřich, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Emphasis will be put on the Central European space (particularly Czech lands), in case of a need the discussed issue will be rooted in the world context. Students will be acquainted with social, economic, political and environmental factors, trends and contexts influencing historical geographical image of an area and its spatial organization and differentiation since the early Middle ages until present. We will also deal with issues such as a source base of the historical geography, a development of administration, population or landscape.

Learning activities and teaching methods
  • Preparation for the Exam - 30 hours per semester
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course will introduce the historical geography as a scientific field (development of the discipline, subject, basic concepts and directions).
Recall basic terms and concepts of historical geography.
Knowledge within the scope of compulsory subjects that precede this subject in the study plan.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Knowledge in range of lectures and literature. Compulsory participation in seminars (2 absences are possible) Elaboration of given practical tasks.
Recommended literature
  • Baker, A. R. H. (2003). Geography and History: Bridging the Divide (Cambridge Studies in Historical Geography). Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.
  • Bičík, I., Jeleček, L., Štěpánek, V. (2001). Land-Use Changes and their Social Driving Forces in Czechia in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Land Use Policy 18 (1), s. 65-73.
  • Butlin, R. A., Dodgshon, R. A. eds. (1999). An Historical Geography of Europe. Oxford : Oxford University Press.
  • Butlin, R. A. (1993). Historical Geography. Through the Gates of Space and Time. London : Arnold.
  • Graham, B., Nash, C. eds. (2000). Modern Historical Geographies. Harlow : Pearson Education Ltd.
  • Kučera, Z. Historická geografie mezi geografií a historiografií. Historická geografie 34, s. 9 - 19.
  • Semotanová, E. (2002). Historická geografie českých zemí. Praha : Historický ústav AV ČR.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses 2 Summer