Courses in Geography (Division 374)

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).

415. Geography of the Soviet Union. (2). (SS).

The objective of the course is a survey both of the general characteristics of the Soviet Union, including its European and Asiatic parts: physical features, agriculture, transportation, industry, population characteristics and a region by region survey of each of the major components of the USSR. Besides optional reading, requirements include a midterm and a final exam. (Kish)

421. Problems in Southeast Asian Development. (3). (SS).

The course examines selected problems of economic development in Southeast Asia with emphasis on the impact of modernization on the lives of the rural population. Economic and ecologic problems of agricultural development including the Green Revolution, will be discussed with stress on the adjustment problems of village people. Rural to urban migration and the adjustment of rural population to urban conditions will be included. The course will make use of case studies of current problems, including the impact of road construction and the relocation of people displaced by reservoir construction, rural poverty and war. Slides and films will be used. Students are required to take either a midterm or final examination, and may also do a research or annotated bibliography. (Gosling)

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

See General Near East 423. (Kolars)

475/History 475/Honors 204. History of Geography. (2). (SS).

The purpose of this course is to describe, within the general framework of the history of science, the development of geography as a science, and in a sense as an art, over the past three millennia. Emphasis is placed on the following periods: Classical (Greek, Roman, Hellenistic), Medieval (400-1400 AD), Age of Discovery (1450-1600), Enlightenment (1650-1750), Formative Period of Modern Geography (1750-1850). There will also be a discussion of the independent development of geography in the world of Chinese civilization. Discovery analysis, and synthesis are the main headings of discussion. A substantial bibliographical essay, and a final examination are part of the course requirements. (Kish)

482. Analytical Cartography. Math. 116 and 117. (3). (SS).

Cartography, like many other fields, has been greatly influenced by the computer. Cartographic techniques, assisted by the computer, have provided new opportunities and possibilities for the display and analysis of geographic information. Geography 482 is designed to introduce the student to computer applications in Cartography. In this course emphasis is placed on the nature of cartographic problems and possibilities and the way in which the computer can assist in meeting them in the varied cartographic processes. The course consists of two one and one-half hour lecture/laboratory periods each week. Lectures and discussions will deal with basic concepts underlying computer cartography and will cover spatial data characteristics, data sources, sampling, geocoding, digitizing and data representations, spatial/cartographic data structures, manipulation and analysis of geographic information, and automated mapping, including briefly the concepts underlying Geographic Information Systems. Laboratory exercises will familiarize the student with several "canned" programs for computer mapping and with some of the hardware necessary to use them. Course grades will be based on the laboratory exercises and three examinations. No programming experience is necessary, though knowledge of MTS will be helpful. (Aggarwala)

489. Special Work in Cartography. Permission of instructor. (2 each). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.

This course covers 'special topics in Cartography', not covered by other regular cartography courses. The topic may be selected by the faculty to offer the students as a special course or by the students to work in a special aspect of cartography in consultation with the faculty on an individual basis. During Winter 1984, this course may be selected by students for a special topic or project in cartography in consultation with the professor, as an independent study. Timings and expectations are to be arranged.


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