1000 Level Courses


This course explores geographic approaches to disparities of cultural, economic, political and environmental development in major world regions comprising developed capitalist and socialist countries and underdeveloped nations.

Expanded Description:  This course takes up issues particular to specific regions and ecologies, and common themes among them, including past and current significance of both human migrations and commodity flows, the birth and shaky persistence of territorial nation states, the rise of regions, and what is at stake in the creation of regions.  A wide variety of topics is covered from a geographical perspective, including the creation of stereotypes associated with different regions; urbanization and industrialization in the third world, migration to North America, international development, war and imperialism, political protest, food and agriculture, indigenous peoples, ethnicity and race, global environmental change, energy politics, and social inequalities.

Course credit exclusion: AS/GEOG 1000 6.00.

Format: Two lecture hours and one tutorial hour per week.

Text: Rowntree et al., Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development

Assignments: Short answer tests, essay, final exam.

Instructors:  V. Preston(CD), E. Lunstrum P. Vandergeest
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A study of the physical-biotic environment through a consideration of the character and processes of its components - atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere - and of the spatial distributions which reflect interaction among these components.

Expanded Description:  This course introduces principles behind the interpretation of the earth's surface environment. It is divided into three sections climate, landforms, and biogeography. Interrelations among these environmental components are stressed. Topics include: (a) the atmosphere and climate radiation and heating of the earth atmosphere, atmospheric water and precipitation, weather types and frequencies, large and small scale climate zones, climate change and the greenhouse effect; (b) drainage systems, runoff and water balance, rock weathering and debris movements on slopes, the work of rivers and glaciers, landforms in Canada; (c) the biosphere (natural and modified) energy and ecosystems, small and large scale ecosystems, soils and their development and modification, human impact on the biosphere.

Course credit exclusions: AK/GEOG 2510 6.00, AS/GEOG 1400 6.00, SC/GEOG 1400 6.00.

Format: Two lecture hours per week, three laboratory hours normally every second week. Two terms.

Text: de Blij, HJ, Muller, PO, Williams, RS, Conrad, CT & Long P. 2009 Physical Geography: The Global Environment.

Second Canadian Edition.

Assignments: Lab exercises (40%); six in-class tests (60%).

Instructors: K.L. Young, P. Long
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An introduction to the study of human geography with an emphasis on the geographical aspects of culture, society, politics, economy, cities, and the environment.

Expanded Description:  Human geography seeks to understand both the spatial organization of human activities and the meanings attached to the places and regions where these activities are found. The objectives of this course are to: define geography as a discipline, and introduce its current ideas, especially those of human geography; exemplify various approaches used in studying human geography;  introduce the main sub-fields of human geography (many of which you can study in more detail in subsequent more specialized courses);  introduce at an elementary level some of the techniques and methods of analysis used by geographers; and relate geography to the broader debates in the social sciences

Course credit exclusions: AS/GEOG 1410 6.00 and AK/GEOG 2500 6.00.

Format: Two lecture hours per week, two tutorial hours normally every second week.

Required Reading: Knox, Paul L., Sally A. Marston, Alan E. Nash Human Geography: Places and Regions in the Global Context, 3rd Canadian edition, Prentice-Hall.  Other supplemental readings will be assigned.

Assignments: Assignments (54%), two exams (36%), and tutorial participation (10%).

Instructors: S. Tufts, P. Wood
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