- Introduction to human geography
- The importance of “thinking geographically”
- Themes and subdisciplines in human geography
- Key geographical concepts (place, scale, landscape, and mobility)
- Mapping the world
- World System Theory
- Colonialism and Neocolonialism
- Contemporary globalization
- Definitions and types of globalization (economic, political, and cultural)
- Debates and perspectives on globalization
- Globalization and inequality
- Colonial impacts, decolonization, and settler colonies
- States, nations, and nation-states
- Geopolitics and international relations
- North-South political geographies
- East-West political geographies
- Borders and rising nationalisms
- Population dynamics
- Patterns of settlement
- Density and distribution
- Fertility and mortality
- Population projections
- Population-resource debates
- Population policies
- Global migrations
- Mapping people on the move
- Regional versus global flows
- Voluntary versus forced categories of migration
- Barriers to movement
- What is nature?
- Taking stock of global ecological health
- Water, soil, and land
- Biodiversity decline
- Global fisheries collapse
- Climate change
- Measuring ecological impacts
- Perspectives on the environment, sustainability, and biodiversity
- Cultural regions and landscapes
- Spatial diffusion of cultural practices: language and religion
- Geographies of social identity: race, gender, sexuality, and class
- Consumer cultures and geographies of consumption
- Theories and debates over cultural globalization
- Processes of homogenization and differentiation
- Cultural imperialism
- Regional economic patterns and the role of place and location
- Classifying economic activities
- Theories of economic development
- Mapping globalized economic systems
- Moving beyond First/Third World or Global North/South dichotomies
- Theories of the origin and diffusion of agriculture
- Food geographies: cultural shifts and biological impacts
- Agricultural industrialization, globalization, and agribusiness
- Mapping malnutrition and obesity around the world
- Food security and sustainable agricultural practices
- Definitions of “urban”
- Mapping urban forms
- Urbanization as a process
- Factors driving urbanization
- Economic and social changes
- Changes to the built environment
- Urbanization trends
- Challenges for post-industrial cities
- Challenges of overurbanization
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- small group discussions
- visual presentations – PowerPoint and videos
- individual and team projects and/or presentations
- feld assignments
- practical in-class exercises
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Collect, display and analyze geographical data using a variety of techniques.
- Explain the spatial distribution of human phenomena (language, economic activities, religion, etc.).
- Analyze the origin and diffusion of culture traits such as language and religion.
- Examine and explain the characteristics of cultural landscapes.
- Analyze the complex relationships between people and their environments.
- Understand interactions between different aspects of culture.
- Describe and explain similarities and differences among the peoples and places of the world.
- Explain the impact of globalization upon the patterns of human activities and landscapes.
- Demonstrate analytical reasoning and map interpretation skills.
- Assess geographical issues using proper written and spoken communication skills.
Texts will be updated periodically. An instructor's Course Reader may be required. Typical textbook examples are:
Fouberg, E. H. and Murphy, A. B. (2020). Human geography?: People, Place, and Culture, 12th edition. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Knox, P. L., Marsden, S. A., and Nash, A. (2019). Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context, 5th Canadian Edition. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
Mercier, M. and Norton, W. (2020). Human Geography, 10th edition. Don Mills: Oxford University Press.
Neumann, R. P. and Price, P. L. (2019). Contemporary Human Geography: Culture, Globalization, Landscape, 2nd edition. New York: W. H. Freeman.
No prerequisite courses.
No corequisite courses.
No equivalent courses.
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Alexander College (ALEX)||ALEX SOSC 1XX (3)||2017/01/01 to -|
|Camosun College (CAMO)||CAMO GEOG 102 (3)||2013/01/01 to -|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU GEOG 100 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|College of the Rockies (COTR)||COTR GEOG 1XX (3)||2016/09/01 to -|
|Coquitlam College (COQU)||COQU GEOG 100 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU GEOG 1101 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG GEOG 1100 (3) or LANG GEOG 1170 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG GEOG 1170 (3)||2011/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG GEOG 1110 (3)||2017/01/01 to -|
|Okanagan College (OC)||OC GEOG 128 (3)||2016/01/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU GEOG 100 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 1110 (3)||2014/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 1120 (3)||2010/09/01 to 2014/08/31|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU GEOG 112 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GEOG 1XX (3)||2009/09/01 to 2016/12/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU GEOG 101 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2009/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO GEOG 128 (3)||2005/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV GEOG 122 (3)||2019/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV GEOG 121 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/04/30|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC GEOG 101 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV GEOG 140 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC GEOG 101B (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Community College (VCC)||VCC GEOG 1100 (3)||2016/05/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 1st (3)||2018/01/01 to 2021/04/30|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 240 (3)||2021/05/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 230 (3)||2011/01/01 to 2017/12/31|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU GEOG 1st (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/12/31|