Category Archives: Geography Discipline

If you could teach just one thing

Setting up new course designs for the year, my colleagues and I have been talking about key themes, headlines, and core content. As well as all the detail, we need to be able to identify the big picture in what

If you could teach just one thing

Setting up new course designs for the year, my colleagues and I have been talking about key themes, headlines, and core content. As well as all the detail, we need to be able to identify the big picture in what

Geographers must know about… Map Projections

Maps are wrong. You are a Geographer, so you need to face up to this. The world map that most people are familiar with is a projection devised by a man called Mercator in the 1560s. The Mercator projection is brilliant for navigation because it is stretched and twisted in just such a way that directions on the map are exactly the same as compass directions on the real earth. However, the Mercator projection is also rubbish, because in order to make the directions and navigation work right it had to squeeze up all the distances at the equator and stretch them more and more as you move towards the poles…

Geographers must know about… Map Projections

Maps are wrong. You are a Geographer, so you need to face up to this. The world map that most people are familiar with is a projection devised by a man called Mercator in the 1560s. The Mercator projection is brilliant for navigation because it is stretched and twisted in just such a way that directions on the map are exactly the same as compass directions on the real earth. However, the Mercator projection is also rubbish, because in order to make the directions and navigation work right it had to squeeze up all the distances at the equator and stretch them more and more as you move towards the poles…

Geography – knowing where things are

Geography is about much more than knowing where things are. My colleagues tell me that all the time. But Geography is, still, partly about knowing where things are. It’s hard to have a sensible conversation about whether changes to the

Geography – knowing where things are

Geography is about much more than knowing where things are. My colleagues tell me that all the time. But Geography is, still, partly about knowing where things are. It’s hard to have a sensible conversation about whether changes to the

Employment Prospects for Geography Graduates

I gave a talk to prospective students this week in which I said that Geography graduates were very attractive to many employers because of their special combination of subject-specific and transferable skills. Shortly after I gave the talk, however, I saw

Employment Prospects for Geography Graduates

I gave a talk to prospective students this week in which I said that Geography graduates were very attractive to many employers because of their special combination of subject-specific and transferable skills. Shortly after I gave the talk, however, I saw

Geography still exists

I was pleased this week to see a job advert that confirmed my increasingly unfashionable belief that Geography still exists. Many of my colleagues tell me that other than for the purposes of low-level teaching there is no such thing

Geography still exists

I was pleased this week to see a job advert that confirmed my increasingly unfashionable belief that Geography still exists. Many of my colleagues tell me that other than for the purposes of low-level teaching there is no such thing

The Geographer’s Vacation

The sharp-witted amongst you will have noticed a longer gap than usual  since our last post, and will have surmised, correctly, that Blank Atlas is enjoying a summer vacation. However, a Geographer’s vacation is not like that of, say, a

The Geographer’s Vacation

The sharp-witted amongst you will have noticed a longer gap than usual  since our last post, and will have surmised, correctly, that Blank Atlas is enjoying a summer vacation. However, a Geographer’s vacation is not like that of, say, a

Science is a messy, human affair

In my previous post I bemoaned the tone of voice in which modern textbooks are written, so it was only appropriate that in the week since I wrote that I have encountered three books that somewhat restore my faith. They

Science is a messy, human affair

In my previous post I bemoaned the tone of voice in which modern textbooks are written, so it was only appropriate that in the week since I wrote that I have encountered three books that somewhat restore my faith. They