1000 Level Courses

GEOG 1000 - The World Today: An Introduction to World Geography

The World Today: An Introduction to World Geography
AP GEOG 1000 6.00
This course asks you to think critically and geographically about the world in which we live and provides context for understanding contemporary social, political, economic, and ecological changes and how you fit into these larger processes.
Expanded Course Description
In addition to focusing on pressing issues particular to individual regions, we stress a variety of topics including race and ethnicity, economic inequality, indigenous peoples, migration, colonialism, climate change, globalization, protest movements, food politics, conservation, and the politics of energy. The course draws upon powerful geographic concepts to examine these topics and link you-as a student, a consumer, a citizen, a worker and a traveler-to the changing world around you.
Format: 2h Lecture + 1h Tutorial per week
Notes: First year award

GEOG 1400 - Physical Geography

Physical Geography
AP/SC GEOG 1400 6.00
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 Course 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.
Format: 2 1h Lecture per week + 3h Lab bi-weekly
Notes: First year award

GEOG 1410 - Human Geography

Human Geography
AP GEOG 1410 6.00
An introduction to the study of human geography which puts emphasis on geographical aspects of population, culture, society and economy. Detailed examples are studied in tutorials.
Expanded Course 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.
Format: 2 1h Lecture + 1h Tutorial per week
Notes: First year award