Capitalism and the Making and Remaking of the Landscape

By engaging with a number of different case studies, students learn about everything from political questions to the marketing of tourist destinations. A high level of interactivity is encouraged on this course.

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Eliza H

Economic Geography



Capitalism and the Making and Remaking of the Landscape


Course Overview

Have you ever looked around you and wondered why certain landscapes look the way they do? Or how and why they have changed so dramatically over time? This course encourages students to think critically and question the environment around them by examining different places that have been scarred, destroyed and transformed through capitalism. It provides an introduction to radical geographic theory such as Marxism and explores political questions and struggles over land. By engaging with case-study based learning, students will form an understanding of capitalism and how it shapes the environment around them. This course will cover topics such as the Highland Clearances, privatisation of public housing, the marketing of tourist destinations and the valuing of nature.

Course Content


5 HOURS Total Length

Lesson 1

An Introduction to Landscape and Capitalism

60 minutes

Lesson 2

The Highland Clearances: An Act of Primitive Accumulation

60 minutes

Lesson 3

The Right to Buy and Its Consequences: A Case Study of Glasgow

60 minutes

Lesson 4

Place Branding and Marketing of Tourist Destinations: A Case Study of Skye

60 minutes

Lesson 5

The Valuing of Nature and Capitalist Conservation

60 minutes

Key Skills

Critical Thinking

Historical Geographic Analysis

Radical Geography Theory

Essay Writing Skills


Eliza H

Multi-Disciplinary Educator

Eliza is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, and alongside pursuing her cooking career, she teaches a range of curriculum subjects to children aged 7 to 18.