Courses in Geography (Division 374)

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

See Geological Sciences 201. (Opdyke)

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

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 regional survey of each of the major components of the USSR. Specific attention will be devoted to issues relating to the proposed Siberian rivers diversion and to the ecological damage to the Aral Sea. Besides optional reading, requirements include a paper and a final exam. Cost:2 WL:1

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

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 a midterm and final examination, and may also do a research or annotated bibliography. Cost:1 WL:4 (Gosling)

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)

550. Seminar in Selected Topics in Geography. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).
Topic for Winter 1993: Hydrodiplomacy in the Middle East.
Permission of instructor required. (Kolars)

591. Research and Special Work in Human Geography. Permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit.
Topic for Winter 1993: American Landscape in Prose and Poetry.
Permission of instructor required. (Kolars)

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