Geography (GEOG) 302
The Canadian North (Revision 5)
GEOG 302 is a senior-level undergraduate, three-credit course in human geography. It is suitable for students who are interested in the geography, culture, and sustainable development of Canada's North. It presents an overview of the human geography of the Canadian North covering diverse topics such as imaginings of the North; the biophysical features of Canada's North; the history of European exploration and contact with indigenous northern populations; Aboriginal culture and society; political developments in the North; and natural resource developments in this region and their environmental impacts. There are no prerequisites for this course, but because it is a senior undergraduate course, there is an expectation that students will have good skills in critical social analysis, cultural analysis, and writing. As well, while not required, some exposure to geographical analysis and concepts will benefit students.
- Unit 1: Imaginations and Definitions of the North
- Unit 2: The Northern Climate and the Physical Base of the North—Physical Geography
- Unit 3: Northern Biogeography
- Unit 4: Northern Historical Geography
- Unit 5: Social Geography: Settlement, Aboriginal Culture, and Contemporary Northern Society
- Unit 6: The Northern Economy: Renewable and Non-Renewable Resource Development
- Unit 7: The Environmental Impacts of Industrial Development in the North
- Unit 8: Political Geography: Territorial Politics, Geopolitics, and Circumpolar Initiatives
- Unit 9: The Future of the North: More of the Same or on the Road to Sustainability?
To receive credit for GEOG 302, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination and achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent). The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Assignment 1: Mapping the North||10%|
|Assignment 2: Case Study—Northern Biogeography||10%|
|Approval for Assignment 3: Northern Region and Topic for In-Depth Analysis||Approved/Not Approved|
|Assignment 3a: Elaborating on Chosen Region||5%|
|Assignment 3b: Indigenous Culture||5%|
|Assignment 3c: Northern Economic Development||5%|
|Assignment 3d: Northern Sustainability||5%|
|Approval for Assignment 4: Annotated Bibliography||Approved/Not Approved|
|Assignment 4: Major Research Paper||25%|
The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Bone, Robert M. The Canadian North: Issues and Challenges. 5th ed. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2016.
All other materials are online, including study guides, and electronic readings and videos.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.
Full information about 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, June 11, 2019.
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