Systematic Human Geography Courses
GEOG-2401(3) AGRICULTURAL GEOGRAPHY (Le3) A study of agriculture from the viewpoint of physical and cultural environments, systems of exploitation, regional analysis, and a survey of the world's major agricultural activities.
GEOG-2407(3) RECREATION GEOGRAPHY (Le3) Expanded leisure time has led to increased demands on recreational space from the level of the city park and playground to the use and abuse of wilderness areas. This course discusses the concept of competing and multifacial recreational space use. Emphasis is put upon topical questions.
Prerequisite: GEOG-1102(3) or GEOG-1103(3) or permission of instructor.
GEOG-2408(3) ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION AND HUMAN BEHAVIOUR (Le3) This course will focus on varied themes and topics relating to perceptions of physical and social environments. Variations in the perception, images, and attitudes held by individuals and groups within different societies will be examined and related to varied behavioral responses within a spatial and environmental context. Topics of interest in this course are (1) perception of natural hazards (floods, droughts, frosts, hail, etc.); (2) perception of natural resources and the management of natural resources; (3) images of urban neighbourhoods, cities, metropolitan regions, provinces, countries, the world; (4) mental maps; (5) attitudes towards resource development and the implications for local, regional, and national planning.
Prerequisite: GEOG-1102(3) or permission of instructor.
GEOG-2411(3) GEOGRAPHY OF GLOBALIZATION (Le3) This course engages the topic of globalization from a specifically geographical perspective. In today's world, a small minority of people lead relatively affluent lives. For the majority, however, life as a constant struggle for survival. At the same time, the statement that we live in one world has probably never been truer. The struggle of the many is related very strongly to the comfort of the few. This course will examine the impact of globalization on different types of economies and the political, social, cultural, and environmental change that people experience in an interconnected "one world".
Prerequisites: GEOG-1103(3) or permission of instructor.
GEOG-2412(3) A GEOGRAPHICAL PERSPECTIVE ON TOURISM (Le3) Tourism is the world's most rapidly growing industry. It is now essential to the Canadian economy, and is the mainstay of many other national economies. This course provides a broad overview of the world tourism industry that includes a geo-historical perspective on the origins, evolution, and growth of tourism, the structure of the toursim industry, tourism market segments, destinations and demands, and the impacts of tourism on both tourists themselves and their host communities. Concepts of capacity and sustainable tourism are addressed. Some attention is given to local, regional, and Canadian development strategies and special topics in tourism.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1102(3) or GEOG-1103(3) or permission of instructor.
GEOG-2414(3) THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT (Le3) Cities are artificial environments. They absorb vast quantities of resources from surrounding areas and create great volumes of waste. They can also have a tremendous effect on their surrounding hinterland. Their "ecological footprint" is significant. This course examines the structure and activities of cities and the resulting effects on the environment. Approaches to developing more sustainable and environmentally sensitive cities are discussed.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1103(3) or GEOG-2415(3) or permission of instructor.
GEOG-2415(3) A INTRODUCTION TO URBAN DEVELOPMENT (Le3) This course will examine the origins and evolution of cities, urban design, morphologic and townscape elements, and the economy and structure of urban systems.
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