A wide-ranging introduction to the ways people shape the world they live in. We will study the themes and concepts of human geography through the current issues and large questions which guide them. Lectures and reading will focus on the geographic aspects of cultural diversity, population issues, states vs. nations, the global economy, development, urbanization and the human transformation of the earth. We will cover major subdivisions of human geography including cultural geography, population geography, economic geography, social geography, urban geography and political geography. (Gen.Ed. SB, DG)
Survey of world physical and human geography, highlighting regional diversity and variation in globalization processes and outcomes. Introduces geographical theories, concepts, and methods while exploring nine major world regions. (GenEd SB, DG)
By the completion of this course students will understand the origin, composition, and structure of the atmosphere and oceans. The course is divided into a series of concept modules and associated learning objectives that are observable and measurable. By completion students will have improved their ability to analyze statistical data and gained skills in the interpretation and creation of multivariate graphs. They will be proficient in communicating new research findings on climate variability and change to diverse audiences. This course examines fundamentals of the earth's energy balance, the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, and the hydrological cycle. It explores the physical basis behind climate change and its effects on society.
This class has two goals: introduce students to research design and field research methods in geography, and explore ways of integrating knowledge gained across a college education, from gen-ed courses to more specialized departmental courses, in approaching analysis of the "real-world". We will focus particularly on field techniques which are most effectively learned on the ground, such as analytical observation, mapping, photography and interviewing, and the linkages between those methodologies and context/background research. Students will have opportunities both to work in groups and to design and carry out their own research projects. This course satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Geog and BS-Geog majors.
Advanced survey of the development of theoretical and analytical approaches in geography emphasizing philosophy of science and current approaches and methodologies. Practical discussions and exercises in framing research projects, and proposal, grant, and thesis writing. Students lead discussions in their areas of specialization. Primarily for entering graduate students in Geography.
This course considers different ways of thinking about economic activity that can help us address the global economic, environmental, and equity crises we are facing. We will broaden our concept of the economy to include new visions of economic development, and look at economic experiments from a hopeful and experimental perspective as we seek a more sustainable and socially just approach toward economic activity.