This regional geography course focuses on contemporary issues in European culture, society, economics, and environment. Students will learn about different subregions of Europe as well with particular emphasis on subregional variations in public policy, geopolitics, and human migration. This class has no pre-requisites though an understanding of basic geographical thought and practices is assumed.
The natural relationships between the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere; human impact on the natural environment. Global environmental issues: global warming, sea-level rise, and ozone depletion in the stratosphere. Global changes of the past also studied to give perspective to forecasted changes. Includes writing exercises. (Gen.Ed. PS)
Seminar on the analysis of contemporary urban development issues from a geographical perspective and survey of recently published work in the field. Topics include changing urban systems and structures, transportation, housing, and social and economic factors. Students carry out individual or group research projects.
This course will provide an opportunity for undergraduate students to gain research experience working on a faculty project. The project, "Spaces within: socio-cultural sustainability and the use of public and private urban space," is an analysis of how organizations, from square dancing clubs to Toastmaster's clubs, use different types of spaces (both interior and exterior) in cities. Undergraduates who enroll in the course will participate in research design and planning, carry out internet-based research on activities in U.S. cities, prepare and manage excel databases, and process, analyze, and map data using Geographical Information Systems. Experience or coursework with Excel and GIS is helpful but not required, as is a record of coursework relating to cities.
This course explores efforts in the U.S. and worldwide to promote biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and social justice through the designation and management of nationals parks and other protected areas.
Readings, lecture, group and individual tutorial, exercises, and peer review focusing on critical thinking and geographic writing.
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)
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)
This course will provide a survey of the geography of the US and Canada, starting with physical geography and historical developments that shaped human geography, and then moving into a region-by-region overview. Special emphasis will be on issues of environmental change and sustainability, and the diversity of peoples and cultures and their relationships with landscapes and each other. This newly developed course will include a variety of experimental readings, lectures and activities. Students will co-design, teach and assess one experimental reading or activity themselves. Class activities will include some remote activities and participation such as videos, podcasts, web interactives, a self-guided field trip, and interacting with classmates via moodle or a blog.