Geography

Programs & Courses

Programs

 
 

Courses

GEOG-1000 Introduction to Physical Geography: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of elements of the physical environment such as weather, climate, hydrology, landforms, soils, vegetation, and the processes producing variations of these elements through time on the surface of the earth. Examples of environmental interrelationships and problems that affect people are emphasized.

GEOG-1010 Introduction to Human Geography: (3.0 credit hours) An examination of aspects of the human world. Topics may include: distribution of human populations, evolution of human societies, behavioural norms or cultures of these societies, and the influence of culture in its various manifestations (language, religion, customs, politics, etc.) on the human landscape including settlement types, forms of agriculture, and travel patterns. Attention is given to environmental and cultural factors involved in the present-day divisions between the “developed” and the “under-developed” worlds.

ENVS/GEOG-1030 Introduction to Environmental Studies: (3.0 credit hours) This course is a study of interactions between humans and the environment: the natural systems and resources upon which human activity depends, the environmental problems that have resulted from human activity, and the efforts being made toward environmental sustainability. Environmental problems such as air and water pollution, climate change, soil degradation and deforestation, energy sustainability, and biodiversity are introduced with an interdisciplinary perspective, using both Canadian and global examples.

GEOG-1100 Culture, Conflict, and Transformation in Southern Africa: (6.0 credit hours) This course offers an introduction to the issues of conflict and transformation surrounding the recent transitions in South Africa.  It introduces the history of Apartheid, the work of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and the current outcomes that can be seen in peoples’ lives.  It will offer first-hand experience of the varied perspectives that come from the diverse cultures, since students will live and work among the four main people groups in South Africa: those identified as the Whites, the Blacks, the Coloreds, and the Indian population during apartheid.  Evaluation in this course will be pass/fail.  This course is available only through CMU’s Outtatown Program, in Southern African sites only.

IDS/GEOG-2131 Rural Development: (3.0 credit hours) This course examines changes to rural society and economy in the South—Africa, Asia, and Latin America— and rural communities in Canada brought about historically by colonialism and more recently through modern development efforts. Discussion highlights the impact of agrarian reform, technological change, and domestic government policies on economic development and social differentiation. Prerequisite: either IDS-1110, GEOG-1010 or GEOG-1030.

HIST/GEOG/POLS-1120 French Africa – History, Religion, Culture and Hope: (3.0 credit hours). This course explores a diverse set of perspectives on the history, religion, and culture of West Africa.  Beginning with the stories of those who have adopted Canada as their new home, this course will travel to Paris, France and Burkina Faso to situate these narratives within the context of colonial history and the issues of power, control, and independence that are faced today. Lectures, study and personal experiences with the people in Burkina Faso will round out the story and provide reasons for hope. Evaluation in this course will be pass/fail.  This course is available only through CMU’s Outtatown Program.

GEOG-2950 Topics in Geography: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors.

ENVS/IDS/GEOG-3010 Environment, Society and Resilience: (3.0 credit hours) The course will help students analyze principles of sustainability, resilience and complexity associated with energy, matter and ecosystem functioning, within the context of social values, human technology and politics. The course seeks to equip students to assess socio-ecological issues including water management, climate change adaptation, agriculture, fisheries, forestry and extractive industries from an interdisciplinary perspective.

IDS/GEOG-3020 Just and Sustainable Food Systems: (3.0 credit hours)  This course explores food system dynamics at multiple scales, from the household to the global, with particular attention to the diversity of worldviews that underpin the current discourses surrounding ecological sustainability, food security and food justice. The course follows food from the farms and fishing boats, through local and global marketplaces and finally to those who eat. Participants will examine models of agriculture, small-scale fisheries, water scarcity, the Asian and African Green Revolutions, corporate concentration in the food system, local and global food markets, community food security, obesity, hunger, food waste, the global food price crisis, energy, and the impacts of climate change. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level studies.

GEOG-3950 Topics in Geography: (3.0 credit hours) The content of this course will vary from year to year, depending on the needs of students and the interests and availability of instructors. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours of university-level study and 6 credit hours of geography at the 1000- or 2000-level.

GEOG-4940 Independent Study in Geography: (3.0 credit hours)  A study in a specific area of Geography under the direction of a faculty member. Prerequisites: GEOG-1000 and 1010, an additional nine credit hours in Geography, and a minimum of 60 credit hours of university-level studies.

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