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Selected Topics in Geography

Course Code: GEOG 2290
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15 Weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab, Field Experience
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide an examination of an important present-day issue, trend, or concept in the discipline of geography. Topics will vary by offering, but will focus on a subject of significance to human geography, physical geography, or geographical techniques.

Course Content

The course content will vary with the specific theme.  An example is provided below.

The Geography of Wine

 1.  Introduction

a) Approaches to the study of Geography

b) Definition of wine

c) Species and varieties of wine

 2.  The Physical Setting of Viticulture

a) Location

b) Geology and landforms

c) Climate

d) Hydrology

e) Soils

 3.  Global Wine Regions

a) Origin and diffusion

b) Regional variations

c) Culture traits

4.  Evolution of Viticulture in Europe to the 20th Centruy

a) Importance of monasteries

b) Changes in technology

5.  Rise of the Modern Wine Industry (Post 1945)

a) Wine and class

b) Branding

c) Toursim

d) Diffusion

 6.  Wine Regions of North America, Latin American, Asia and Australia

 7. Environment

a) Environmental Issues

 8.  Social Issues

a) Alcoholism

b) Migrant workers

 9.  Conclusion

a) Regional issues

b) The future

Methods of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lectures, small group discussions, practical in-class exercises, multimedia presentations, individual or team projects, field assignments, guest speakers and/or online instruction.  Where the course is offered in a hybrid format, students will complete over 50% of the course material online and outside of the classroom in a self-directed manner.

Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College 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:

Assignments 20%
Project 25%
Participation 10%
Midterm-exam 20%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

1. Collect geographical data and display it visually in maps, graphs or other formats.

2. Analyze the spatial distributions of geographic phenomena.

3. Describe the subject matter's place within and relevance to Geography

4. Analyze geographic issues using appropriate written, oral and graphical communication skills.

5. Demonstrate basic analytical reasoning, quantitative interpretation and map comprehension skills.

6. Demonstrate field and library research techniques within the specific topic.

course prerequisites

Courses listed here must be completed prior to this course:

  • Any 1000 level Geography course or permission of the instructor


Courses listed here must be completed either prior to or simultaneously with this course:

  • No corequisite courses


Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

curriculum guidelines

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.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.