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)

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)


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