Courses in Geography (Division 374)

101. Introduction to Geography. (4). (SS).

This course introduces modern geography to students who have no previous knowledge of the subject and demonstrates how a geographic point of view can enhance an understanding of world regions and environments as well as the implementation of successful urban and regional planning. To do this, social and physical systems and the interaction between them are discussed in terms of their spatial attributes. The course thus defines geography as the study of human-environment systems from the viewpoint of spatial relationships and spatial processes. Lectures begin with a consideration of the city and introduce students to increasingly complex spatial models which represent geography's special contribution to the social and physical sciences. The basic premise is that the spatial insights provided apply not only cross-culturally to human systems, but also, with appropriate modifications, to those in nature. The course analyzes how human and natural systems in combination create geographic regions which sustain humankind. Two one-hour examinations plus a final; three lectures and one recitation section each week. (Kolars)

201/Geology 201. Introductory Geography: Water, Climate, and Man. (4). (NS).

See Geology 201. (Outcalt)

310/RC Social Science 310. Food, Population, and Energy. Sophomore standing or permission of instructor. (4). (SS).

See RC Social Science 310. (Larimore)

381. Elementary Cartography. (4). (SS).

Maps organize, record and present uniquely information about our earth, its history, its people, its resources, its cultural and physical features and distributions of varied geographical phenomena around us. We encounter maps in many forms as city maps, road maps, weather maps, wall maps and atlases. We use maps as planners, historians, engineers, teachers, researchers or as travelers in our daily lives. Maps contribute to a wealth of information about the environment in which we live and the world around us. Geography 381 is an introduction to the mapping process, with particular emphasis on the techniques of map design to display spatial data, map drawing, map reproduction and map use. Students will obtain a basic understanding of the processes and problems involved in map making and develop basic skills to design, draw and produce a map. The course consists of two one-hour lectures and two, two-hour laboratories each week. Students will be expected to spend some time outside regular laboratory periods for completing projects. Elements of Cartography by Robinson, Sale, and Morrison will constitute the main text supplemented by additional reading assignments. The course grade will be based on two midterms, one final, and the laboratory exercises. (Aggarwala).

411. Geography of Europe. (3). (SS).

The objective of the course is to offer a general survey of the physical, economic, and urban geography of Europe; in other words, to answer the question: What is Europe? The method employed is the selection of one or more nation-states from each of the major regions of the continent: North (Scandinavia), West (Atlantic Europe, Britain, France, Low Countries), Middle (Tidal lands of Europe: Germany, the Alpine countries, the lands of the Danube Valley), and South (Mediterranean countries). There is a substantial-and-optional reading list for the course. Requirements include a midterm and a final exam. (Kish)

412/RC Social Science 412. Problems in European Regional Geography. (3). (SS). May be repeated with permission of instructor.

See RC Social Science 412. (Kish)

420. Geographic Basis of Southeast Asian Society. (3). (SS).

This course examines the basic physical conditions in Southeast Asia in which man has developed his various life patterns. The variety of ethno-linguistic groups and their distribution is discussed, with particular attention to the Indian and Chinese minorities. The development of the major religions in the region is considered with particular attention to the economic and social impact of Islam and Buddhism, as well as a discussion of indigenous religions such as Cao Dai and others. The formation of national states, their economic and political viability, are covered, with emphasis on the problems faced in the process of "decolonization." Grading is based on two to three examinations, one of which is optional. Reading is moderate. (Gosling)

435. Political Geography. Upperclass standing. (2). (SS).

The subject of this course will be mainly the geographic aspects of international relations, with emphasis on boundary problems, energy problems, and transportation policies. Requirements include a midterm and a final examination. (Kish)

488. Special Work in Cartography. Permission of instructor. (2 each). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

Geography 488 is offered Fall Term, 1983.

Geography 488 will deal with computer programming solutions to geographic and cartographic problems. Students will be introduced to several of the graphics software packages available on MTS, including *PLOTSYS and *IG, in addition to the Geography Program's GRAFPAC II. Students will write several mapping and analysis programs during the term. Knowledge of FORTRAN, and understanding of MTS, and permission of the instructor are required.


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