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. [Cost:2] [WL:4] (Kolars)

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

See Geological Sciences 201. (Outcalt)

476/Urban Planning 576. Urban Geography. (3). (Excl).

In this course, an examination of the spatial factors affecting location, organization, and functioning of cities is made. Although both the internal arrangements and external connections of cities are analyzed, heaviest emphasis is placed on the examination of the internal arrangements of cities within the context of the process of urbanization. Throughout the course contemporary urban problems will be utilized as examples. Topics of study are: the state of cities; urbanization, its process and the evolution of U.S. cities; the way geographers look at cities basic concepts and the spatial viewpoints; what is an urban area; an examination of varied and changing urban definitions; classifying cities methods and applications; city service area and city hierarchy; internal city structure preindustrial and postindustrial continuum. [Cost:1] [WL:3-4] (Dewar)

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