There are two subsections of Geography, Physical Geography and Human Geography. For most of your education, you have studied physical geography. Physical geography concentrates mostly on the physical structure and processes of the earth, and the location of places and things. In simplest terms, Human Geography is the study of the impact of humans on the earth.
This impact can be studied and measured in many ways. We will use the following key units to study the relationship between humans and the earth: Population, Migration, Folk and Popular Culture, Language, Religion, Ethnicity, Political Geography, Development, Agriculture, Industry, Settlements and Services, Urban Patterns and Resource Issues. In addition, we will be thinking about the patterns and processes that shape human understanding, use and alteration of Earth’s surface.
Students will be expected to work in groups of three or four, as well as individually, on research and written assignments independent of their text readings.
Students will be expected to participate in class discussions. This means having read assignments, given some thought to the content and being ready to share thoughts, reactions and opinions about the reading. Reading for understanding is a different skill than reading for the purpose of taking an exam and we will work on both of these areas throughout this course.
Main Text: Rubenstein, James M., Contemporary Human Geography; Pearson Education, 2010 .