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GEOG 111 — Introduction to Global Change: Human Impacts
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Allan,J David; homepage
Instructor: van der Pluijm,Ben A; homepage
Instructor: Hardin,Rebecca D; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: SS

Credit Exclusions: No credit for seniors.

Global environmental change encompasses the rapid, interconnected changes now occurring in the Earth system — its climate, human population, resources, and ecosystems. Global Change II — Human Impacts guides students in learning about our natural world and the role of human activities in shaping and changing the environment.

Global Change II is an interdisciplinary, team-taught and web-supported introduction to the human dimensions of global change. You will study the recent, explosive growth of the human population, our impacts on land, air, and water resources, modern energy and climate policy and pressures on biological diversity, produced by recent human advances in technology and institutions. The course concludes by considering the political and policy considerations relevant to the transition to a more sustainable future.

Global Change II is suitable for all students and assumes no prior background. It can be taken without prior enrollment in Global Change I, its companion course on the physical processes. Homework and laboratories make extensive use of computers to perform spatial analysis, develop quantitative reasoning skills, help students learn to write critically, and promote personal interaction with the faculty. This course is one of three core courses required for the Global Change Minor.

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab/discussion per week. Grades will be based on weekly lab exercises, course participation, a web poster project, midterms, and a final exam.

In Global Change II you will learn, among other topics, about:

Human Population Growth Its History and Social Influences Detection of Global Environmental Change Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Human Impacts on Resources Human Appropriation of the Earth's Energy, Water and Food Resources Energy and Climate Issues Urban and Industrial Environments Deforestation and Desertification Biodiversity Achieving Sustainable Development Economics of Development International Treaties and Government Our Common Future Models of the Future

GEOG 201 — Introduction to Physical Geography: The Earth System
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Blum,Joel D; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 4
Reqs: BS, NS

Credit Exclusions: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in GEOSCI 144. Those with credit for GEOSCI 111 may only elect GEOG 201/GEOSCI 201 for 3 credits.

This introduction to physical geography emphasizes the nature and dynamics of the earth system including the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and solid earth, and their interactions. Topics include seasons, heat balance, global warming, ozone destruction and circulation, moisture, precipitation, clouds, groundwater, ocean circulation, waves and tides, plate tectonics, landform evolution and soil development, the biosphere, climate evolution, and global change.

GEOG 245 — Global Interdependence
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Farnsworth,Bradley D

WN 2007
Credits: 3
Reqs: SS

This course, offered under the umbrella of the International Institute, will explore the ways that ideas, people, goods, services, diseases, and natural resources have flowed across political and cultural borders over the course of human history, examine the consequences of those flows, and study the ways in which a personal interest in these topics can be the basis for a professional career.

GI is a bridge between the liberal arts and the professional schools, featuring faculty from law, business, public health, and public policy, as well as numerous liberal arts departments. It also serves as a "gateway" course to other international and area studies courses.

The course centers around five modules, each lasting two to three weeks:

    1. Geography, Trade, and Culture
    2. Natural Endowments and Economic Performance
    3. Modern Global Organizations
    4. National, Sub-National, and World Cultures
    5. The Global Interdependence of Knowledge and Ideas

These topics will take up at least twenty out of a total of twenty-eight class meetings during the term. The course coordinator will use the remaining sessions for introducing new material, discussions, and transitions to new topics.

At the beginning of the term, each student enrolled in GI will choose one of seven pre-professional tracks: business, government, law, education, social work, natural resources, and public health. Each student would then write three papers exploring the relationship between any three of the five course modules and their professional track. Students in certain professional tracks may be required to write on designated modules. For example, education students enrolling under the GEOG 245 crosslisting may have to write their papers on Modules 1, 2, and 5 in order to fulfill their State of Michigan certification requirements.

Advisory Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

GEOG 472 — Transportation and Land Use Planning
Section 001, LEC

Instructor: Levine,Jonathan; homepage

WN 2007
Credits: 3

This course explores the interrelated systems of urban transportation and urban land use to discover principles and ideas that can be useful in developing plans that affect the two. The course covers four broad areas:

  1. Transportation Planning History: What assumptions and approaches have guided domestic transportation planning? How do transportation planning's roots and traditions affect current practice? In what ways did transportation planning and technologies interact to produce evolving city forms?
  2. Transportation and Land Use Theory: What frameworks have been developed to understand the interrelationships between transportation and land use, and how might these affect how we view potential transportation planning alternatives?
  3. Transportation Planning Techniques: Formal approaches to modeling domestic land use and transportation systems in the past few decades. We explore these approaches as well as their limitations.
  4. Urban Transportation Policy: Alternative definitions of "the transportation problem" can lead to different directions for policy. We explore various contemporary transportation planning concerns and approaches to dealing with them.

Advisory Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

GEOG 795 — Research Seminar in Russian and East European Studies
Section 001, SEM

Instructor: Rosenberg,William G

WN 2007
Credits: 3

A research seminar on topics in Russian and East European Studies.

Advisory Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

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