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 Mankind. (4). (NS).

See Geological Sciences 201. (Zachos)

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

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)

423/GNE 423. Geography of the Near East. (3). (SS).

This course presents a systematic view of the environments and ecologies of the Near East and North Africa. It discusses how different subsistence patterns interact with each other and how modern development places additional strains on the overall system. Rather than attempting a country by country survey, examples are drawn from throughout the region with particular emphasis on those areas familiar to the instructor. Lectures, outside readings, movies and seminar-type discussions constitute the body of the course. There will be a midterm and final examination. Graduate students are expected to write a term paper. (Kolars)

432/Urban Planning 532. World Food Systems. (3). (Excl).

In this course nutritional needs, food production, and food distribution are related to food policies in a variety of social settings. The relationship between nutrition and disease is investigated and geographical and cultural conditions that influence food availability are identified. Social, economic, and technological aspects of food supply in developed and underdeveloped countries are explored in a search for pragmatic and operational ways to improve the world food situation. National and international perspectives on U.S. agriculture and food policies are considered. This course is intended to inform those interested in national and international food policies on how world food systems function. Ecological imperatives, nutrient flow process, peasant farming, nutritional planning and policies, agricultural location theory, commercial farming and food policies, world agricultural situation, and ecological policies will be covered. The course is presented as a series of lectures and exercises. Several lectures are illustrated by slides, especially those dealing with Third World examples. A textbook and course pack will be assigned. Materials supporting lectures and exercises are distributed weekly. Grades will be based on two exercises (25%), one midterm (20%), a term paper (30%), and a final examination (25%). (Nystuen)

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

This course examines ways of understanding the spatial arrangements of activities in cities. Students will consider how well geographical explanations help in identifying how to intervene to improve urban conditions. Questions considered may include: Why do housing abandonment, derelict land, and falling property values exist in neighborhoods within sight of high-value downtown property? What are the effects on residential location and employment location in cities of women's rising labor force participation? Can Housing and Urban Development Secretary Jack Kemp ease urban problems with enterprise zones? Course objectives include the following: 1) to provide planners with the tools that urban geography offers for understanding and intervening in the problems of cities, 2) to show planners what the urban geography perspective reveals about the likelihood of success of a variety of planning approaches, and 3) to add to students' general understanding of the spatial forces that influence the conditions of cities. Readings and lectures will examine ways of thinking about the location of employment, residencies, and services in cities. Class discussions will critique these ways of thinking, consider how they might be used, and look at what geographers say about planning efforts. An Introduction to Urban Geography by John R. Short, should be available in the bookstore; a course pack can be purchased from the Copy Center and will be on reserve in the A&A Library. Grading is based on midterm and final examinations, a term paper, and class participation. (Dewar)


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