GEOGRAPHY 305: THIS HUMAN WORLD
The class is designed as an undergraduate lower-division survey course pertinent for those interested in majoring in geography, studying in geographic related fields, pursuing human rights issues, or gaining a deeper understanding of human/environmental relationships. Human geographers study the spatial dimensions of society. Generally speaking, geographers are interested in the human use of the earth. Major themes consider the patterns and processes of population distribution, human settlements, trade and transportation, environmental resources, cultural landscapes, and geopolitics. The course introduces students to the major themes in Human Geography and the critical issues that our planet faces today.
To provide you with conceptual tools, which will enable you to not only understand, analyze, and explain local, national and international events, phenomena, and changes for academic purposes, but also to enable you to use these concepts in ‘real’ life so that you develop critical skills to comprehend, and articulate the reality around you more comprehensively.
To encourage you to think critically; think critically means to delve really deep beneath appearances, superficiality, and manifestations to understand the mechanisms, the nuts and bolts, systemic imperatives, and the hidden power structures guiding events and phenomena.
To introduce you to the World of Geography, and demonstrate the use of spatial perspectives (like territory, resources, raw material, place-based specialized labor) in understanding and explaining global and local events.