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 Geological Sciences 201. (Outcalt)

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).

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)

432/Urban Planning 432. World Food Systems. (3). (SS).

The emphasis of the course is on the relationship between nutrition needs, food production and distribution, and national and international food policies. The geography of rural land use and the means of appraisal and use of the environment by different cultures are presented. Social, economic and technological aspects of food supply in developed and underdeveloped countries are analyzed in a search for pragmatic and operational ways to improve the world food situation. The role of U.S. agriculture is considered in national and international perspective. The course is designed for geographers, planners, public policy students, and those concerned with the interplay between environmental processes and human organization in creating and allocating the world food supply. The course grade is determined by performance on graded exercises, term paper, midterm and final exams. (Nystuen)

433/Urban Planning 433. Urban Geography. (3). (SS).

Geographical factors affecting location, organization, and functioning of cities. Both internal arrangement and external connections of cities are analyzed with major emphasis on intra-city relationships. (Nystuen)


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