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COURSE NUMBER: GEOG 310
COURSE TITLE: Human Geography
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Joanne Moyer
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Human geography explores how human cultures and societies adapt to and shape natural landscapes and built environments. It considers spatial patterns within areas such as demographics, economics, politics, agriculture, and urban environments, focusing on both Canadian and international contexts. Skills in reading paper and digital maps and aerial photographs are also developed.

This course is considered a Canadian Studies course for purposes of King's B.Ed. (AD).

Prerequisites: 3 credits of ENVS200, GEOG201, ECON2xx, POLI2xx, SOCI2xx, PSYC2xx
REQUIRED TEXTS: Norton, W, and M. Mercier. 2016. Human Geography, 9th Edition. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Lab assignments (6)30%
Term tests (3)45%
Lab Field Notes10%
Presentation10%
Participation5%
100%
COURSE SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES: This course introduces the basic concepts and approaches of human geography. This branch of geography seeks to describe and explain the human landscape found across the surface of the earth. Human geographers attempt to understand the location and movement of human activities by asking such fundamental questions as "What is where?" "Why is it there?" and "How does it relate to other locations?" The focus is on understanding the spatial organization and spatial relationships that underlie the human landscape at local, regional and global scales.
On completion of this course, you should be able to:
  1. Describe the main concepts and approaches of human geography as a discipline;
  2. Explain key spatial relationships in human landscapes such as agriculture, urban centres and industry;
  3. Apply basic geographic techniques such as map reading, air photo interpretation, and spatial analysis; 
  4. Give an effective presentation using powerpoint.  
COURSE OUTLINE:
  • What is human geography?
  • Geographic concepts
  • Maps
  • Globalization
  • Population & Migration
  • Global inequalities
  • Air photos
  • Culture & Landscape
  • Identity & difference
  • Political Geography
  • Agricultural Geography
  • Settlement patterns
  • City and Urban Form
  • Geography of Energy and industry
  • presentations
LAB OUTLINE:
  • Map Interpretation
  • Demographics
  • Air Photo
  • Google Earth
  • Field trip: Religious Landscape
  • Field Trip: WD-CAG Keynote Address by John England: Friday, Mar 9, 7:00pm at the U of A (CSIS 1 440)
  • Agriculture
  • Field trip: Navigating Disability
  • Field Trip: Urban Residential
  • Industrial Location
  • Field Trip: Social Justice Walk


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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