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Human Geography


Human geography is the study of multifaceted and dynamic relationships between people and places. Complex interactions and interdependencies of societies provide a basis for the study of humans in various landscapes. This course offers understandings of how people's lives are influenced by the places that surround them and how they, in turn, create and change those places. Fundamental geographic concepts will help make sense of our globalizing world and its implications for our everyday lives. We will explore a range of geographic topics, as well as some concepts and methods used in geographic study. This course is a lecture and discussion course designed to provide students with concepts and ideas that are foundational to the study of the geography of human systems. The course features cartographic and social science concepts to support students in their geographic knowledge and analysis of seven broad themes: spatial perspectives; population and migration; cultural patterns and processes; political organization of space; agriculture, food production, and rural land use; cities and urban land use; industrialization and economic development. No prerequisites are required.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Social-Scientific Thought distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Social Science distribution requirement.
Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Social Sciences Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies a major requirement in Sociology.