GEOG201: Human and Cultural Geography

Course Credits:
3
Course Hours Per Week:
12

Course Overview

This course introduces students to the geographic perspectives that have molded the varied human landscapes of the world. Exploring the spatial variations of geographical topics such as population, land use, social activities, and economic activities, this course develops the ability to think about the forces that form the world’s cultural landscape.

In the course project, Country Profile: Exploring a Foreign Country in Detail, students select and explore a country outside North America that could influence their careers. The goal is to become familiar enough with a particular country to either conduct business in that country or relocate to that country.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate understanding of the depth, breadth, and value of geography as a discipline.
  • Be able to use basic geographic research and analysis tools including: maps, atlases, aerial photographs, remotely sensed images, and globes; primary data sources such as census materials and surveys; basic mathematical skills.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human spatial distribution, movement, and interaction.
  • Analyze patterns of human distribution, movement, and interaction of population in terms of religion, language, popular and folk culture, political systems, economic system, urban and rural settlement systems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of human-land relationships and the resultant varied cultural landscapes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of global cultural diversity.