Lecture: 4 hrs/week, or Hybrid Format: 2 hrs/week in class with 2 hrs/week online
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
- 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
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.
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:
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.