Geography (GEOG) 201
Introductory Human Geography (Revision 5)
Geography 201: Introductory Human Geography is a foundation course for students enrolled in geography, global studies, and environmental studies programs, and is also suitable for those who wish simply to further their understanding of the fundamentals of human geography.
Human geographers investigate the location of people and activities throughout the world and seek to understand the reasons for their distribution. They ask questions about where things are, why they are there, and what the geographic significance of their distribution is. In this course you will examine a number of subject areas, including globalization, culture and identity, political geography, urban geography, agricultural geography, industrial geography, development, inequality, and human impacts on the natural environment.
The course is designed for students with little or no previous university experience.
Part I: The Geographer’s Toolkit
- The History of Geography
- Philosophy, Conceptualization, and Methods
- Geographies of Globalization
Part II: Cultural Geography
- Unit 5: Language and Religion
- Unit 6: Culture, Identity, and Difference
Part III: Social Geography
- Unit 7: Political Geography
- Unit 8: Urban Geography
Part IV: Economic Geography
- Unit 9: Agricultural Geography
- Unit 10: Industrial Geography
Part V: Developmental Geography
- Unit 11: A Changing Environment
- Unit 12: A Growing and Unequal World
- Unit 13: Where Does Geography Go from Here?
Evaluation of students in GEOG 201 is based on two essay/presentation assignments, two essay assignments, participation in three discussion forums, and a final exam. You must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) on the final examination and a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) to receive credit for this course.
|Assignment 1: Essay/Presentation||10%|
|Assignment 2: Essay/Presentation||15%|
|Assignment 3: Essay||15%|
|Assignment 4: Research Essay||20%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Stanford, Quentin H., ed. 2009. Canadian Oxford World Atlas, 6th ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
Norton, William, with Michael Mercer. 2016. Human Geography, 9th ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
All other materials are available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 5, April 10, 2017.
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Updated April 03 2019 by Student & Academic Services