History of Cartography


The module combines theoretical understanding of the history of cartography with analytical and practice-based interpretation of maps. In particular, authorship and development of cartography starting with the earliest cartographic awareness in prehistoric times, up to different cartographic understanding of the world over the decades.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

The students will learn how maps were produced considering economic, political, historical, topographical, ethnic, religious, and military factors. The different methods of preparation for cards and the respective connected restrictions with regard to the information that could be transmitted are presented. Students will be able to analyse and evaluate maps. After participating the students have an understanding of the importance of the history of cartography for the contemporary forms of ubiquitous geospatial information distribution. Furthermore, a basic understanding is given that maps have a strong visual power and that maps are influenced by the perspectives of the client (map user) and the mapmaker.

Responsible persons

Lecture & Exercise

Jeney © Mathias Gröbe



Herr Dipl.-Kartograph Jànos Jeney


Institut für Kartographie

Institut für Kartographie

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Letzte Änderung: 29.06.2016