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 is an introduction to the political ecology of climate change, response, and justice. It provides an opportunity to engage in critical reading and discussion about the great moral, political, economic, and environmental challenge of our time. We will explore climate crisis narratives; mitigation, adaptation, and climate justice issues; policy and social/economic reform debates; and climate activism. Reading will range from IPCC reports to work by Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, and Indigenous activists.
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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 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.
This course addresses the challenges faced by 21st century cities as the world?s population becomes increasingly urbanized. These challenges are grouped in five themes: water, land, air, built environment and community. The course takes an integrative, geographical, case-study based approach in its exploration of the linkages between these issues and the physical, social, cultural, economic and political aspects of today?s rapidly changing cities. Case studies emphasize, but are not limited to, the experiences of cities in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, where most of the world?s urbanization is taking place today. Course topics vary by year in response to current events but usually include issues such as the privatization of drinking water provision, impacts of natural disasters, brownfields and blighted neighborhoods, air pollution, transportation planning, squatter settlements, and environmental and social justice issues.
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)