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Geography 100

Introduction to Human Geography

Credits: 3

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours Per Week: 4 hours

Prerequisites: C+ or higher in English 098

Corequisite: English 099

Text: Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context. Knox et al. Pearson, 4th Can. Ed.

Course Description:

This course explores the basic concepts in human geography that are essential to understand changes happening in the relationship between human societies, economic spaces and the environment. Topics studied will include population and human growth, global migrations, cultural transformations, trade and communications, and the impact of human activity on the environment.

Course Outline:

Week Chapter Lecture
Week 1 1 Course introduction/concepts of place, space, scale and landscape
Week 2 3 Geography of population: census, population distribution/population density and composition/population dynamic: birth/fertility/migration
Week 3 5 Cultural geography: religion/multiculturalism/the global culture
Week 4 5 Gender: history of feminism, gender equity versus gender equality, gender in the developing world
Week 5 4 The industrial revolution and the political organization of space/geography in the information of age
Week 6 7, 2 and 6 Globalization: pro and con/slow world versus the fast world and the trade alliances
Week 7 7 and 8 Nature, society and technology: concepts of nature and environment/energy consumption, production and climate change
Week 8 9 Land use change and resources depletion/decolonization and environmental issues
Week 9 10 Agriculture and environment/food crisis and food production/green revolution/alternative food movements
Week 10 10 and 11 Concept of location, the geography of economic development/the economic structure of countries and regions
Week 11 10 and 11 Urbanization/cities and segregation
Week 12 12 Informal settlement and megacities/new urbanism
Week 13   Revision



Mid-term 1 10%
Mid-term 2 15%
Final Exam 25%
Labs 25%
Research Paper 20%
Participation 5%


Victoria Hodson, B.A. (Simon Fraser), M.A. (Simon Fraser)

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