HIST 1121

HIST 1121

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

What is a map? Is it a technology? A work of art? A text? In this course, we will learn and write about maps from the past and maps about the past. Students will discuss the meaning of a wide range of maps, from John Snow's 1854 map of cholera cases to community maps made in the 1990s by indigenous people in Nicaragua. Our goal will be to ponder how maps work and who they work for. We will also think about cartography as a tool for analyzing history, power, and politics. Students will hone their writing style through an examination of various mapmaking techniques. The course will make use of the library's map collection and digital cartography resources.

When Offered Fall.

Satisfies Requirement First-Year Writing Seminar.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18404 HIST 1121   SEM 101

  • For more information about First-year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://www.arts.cornell.edu/knight_institute