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Fall 2011 Class Schedule

Course levels: Undergraduates may take 100- through 500-level courses. Graduate students will only receive credit for courses numbered at the 500-level and above. Some class material may be available on-line.

 

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GEOGRAPHY 103-001-- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY
 MWF 10:10a.m.  – 11:00a.m. CALLCOTT 011

Mr. Kyle Buck (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and excitement of the field of geography and illustrates the earth science, culture-environment, locational, and area analysis traditions of geographic research and writing. It also explores the various subfields of geographic inquiry and shows how geographic expertise can be used in important decision-making and problem solving contexts.

GEOGRAPHY 103-002 -- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY
T TH  2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m.  CALLCOTT 011

Ms. Mary Thompson (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and excitement of the field of geography and illustrates the earth science, culture-environment, locational, and area analysis traditions of geographic research and writing. It also explores the various subfields of geographic inquiry and shows how geographic expertise can be used in important decision-making and problem solving contexts. This course also shows how geographic knowledge is relevant to current issues of globalization. 

GEOGRAPHY 104-001 -- INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
T TH 9:30a.m.-10:45a.m. CALLCOTT  102

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

Physical geography is an area of study that synthesizes and connects elements of our physical environment as they relate to human beings. GEOG 104 is an introductory level course that explores the processes and forms of Earth's surface system, including climate, hydrology, soils, biogeography, water resources, and landforms. The objective of this course is to provide a systematic introduction to physical geography, emphasizing the basic principles that explain the processes and forms of the atmosphere (including climates and meteorology), hydrosphere (including rivers and oceans), biosphere (with emphasis on the distribution and diversity of organisms), and the geosphere (with emphasis on the surface forms and processes).  Dominant themes of the course include the spatial distribution of basic physical, chemical, and biological processes, as well as the interactions of human societies with the natural systems that support them.

GEOGRAPHY 105-001 - THE DIGITAL EARTH
         MW 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. CALLCOTT 003
Lab:  MW 2:30 p.m.- 3:45 p.m. CALLCOTT 005

Mr. Wm. Lynn Shirley (7-4590) 

The Digital Earth is an introductory survey course about the earth and how it can be viewed and analyzed digitally (e.g. maps).  This course covers topics ranging from global positioning systems (GPS) and in-vehicle navigation, to aerial photography and remote sensing as means of capturing earth images, to geographic information systems (GIS) used for analysis, and creating 3D structures for display in Google Earth.   The course also touches on the use of devices like iPhones and Droid devices as they pertain to maps and location.

Through lecture and computer/field exercises, students will learn the basics components necessary to create and explore a digital earth. Although many of the topics are technical in nature they are presented in a manner consistent with an introductory course. No previous technical experience is assumed or required. 

GEOGRAPHY 121- 001 – LANDS & PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
T TH 12:30p.m. - 1:45p.m. CALLCOTT 011

Ms. Manali Baruah  (7-5234)

This introductory class examines the world through geographic regions - bounded parts of the world considered as one because they possess some sort of organizing principal.  To frame this course around this concept, however, is not to take it for granted.  In the course of the semester, we will examine not only how the organizing principals that give us regions like "Latin America" came about, but also the various benefits and drawbacks to the continued use of such regions to understand our increasingly interconnected world. 

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GEOGRAPHY 201-001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007 LANDFORM  GEOGRAPHY
9:30a.m. – 10:45a.m. T TH CALLCOTT 011
Lab I:  T 12:30p.m. – 2:20p.m. CALLCOTT 202
Lab II:  T 2:30p.m. – 4:20p.m. CALLCOTT 202
Lab III: W 12:20pm – 2:10p.m. CALLCOTT 202
Lab IV: W 2:30p.m. – 4:20p.m. CALLCOTT 202
Lab V: TH 12:30p.m. – 2:20p.m. CALLCOTT 202
Lab VI: TH 2:30p.m. – 4:20p.m.  CALLCOTT 202
Lab VII: TH 4:30p.m. – 6:20p.m. CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Allan James  (7-6117)

This course is an introduction to the physical features on the Earth's  land surface emphasizing soils, hydrology, and processes of landform  creation by water, wind, ice, and gravity.  Landforms and soils provide evidence of past environmental conditions, how they have  changed, and the processes involved, including human actions and natural agents.  The course emphasizes environmental changes in the recent geologic past up  to the present. 

Three hours of lectures and one 110-minute laboratory per week.


GEOGRAPHY 202-501 WEATHER AND CLIMATE
T TH   2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m. CALLCOTT 112
Lab:  TH 3:30p.m. – 5:20p.m.   CALLCOTT  004/005
           
Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234)

This course provides students with a general understanding of the processes which influence weather and climate patterns on the earth.  It first examines the sources of energy driving atmospheric processes, the importance of atmospheric moisture, and the forces creating the winds.  The second part of the course focuses on storm systems, including mid-latitude cyclones, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes.  The last third of the class is devoted to the study of climate, climate variability and change, and the impact of such change on human activity.  The laboratory sections will include experiments, workbook exercises, and analysis of real-time computer weather graphics.  The final grade will be based on three lecture exams, three lab exams, take-home exercises, a weather journal, and regular lecture and lab quizzes. 

*4 credit hour course, includes a 2 hour laboratory each week.

GEOGRAPHY 210-001 PEOPLES, PLACES and ENVIRONMENTS
T TH  3:30p.m. – 4:45p.m.  CALLCOTT 201

Ms. Larianne Collins (7-5234)

This course provides a thematic introduction to contemporary human geography, a broad geographic subfield directly concerned with human beings and their interaction with their natural and cultural environment.  The course explores themes of urbanization, population growth, rural to urban and international migrations, international development, territorial sovereignties, statehood and terrorism, and the cultural geographies of place and landscapes, just to name a few, to illustrate how these different concerns are linked through geographic perspectives and methods of investigation.

GEOGRAPHY 223-001 GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
T TH 11:00a.m.  – 12:15p.m. CALLCOTT 201

Mr. James Byrum (7-6380)

An introduction to the physical and human geography of Latin America. Lectures are structured in 5 major areas: (i) physical geography (different ecosystems,  climate, vegetation, and land patterns), (ii) historical geography (the impact that colonization had on indigenous peoples, on the social and political organization of the region, and on the behavioral aspects of its individuals), (iii) population geography (racial and ethnic composition; population growth and demographic transition; patterns of mortality, fertility and migration; settlement patterns; religious practices; and urbanization), (iv) economic geography (patterns of economic activity, and the potential influences of international economic cycles and organizations), and (v) political geography (political changes, including national governments and international policies).  

GEOGRAPHY 225-001 GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE
T TH  12:30p.m. – 1:45p.m. CALLCOTT 201

Dr. Caroline Nagel (7-4970)

This class will explore historical and contemporary geographies of Europe.  We will focus on human processes, but will also consider human-environment interactions and the role of physical geography in shaping industrial and urban development.  Topics will include: historical patterns urbanization and industrialization; the formation of the European nation-state system; Cold War geographies; urban redevelopment; housing and transportation; immigration and ethnic minorities; the European Union; and energy and environmental policies.

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GEOGRAPHY 311-001 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
T TH  11:00a.m.  – 12:15p.m. CALLCOTT 102

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

How does where you live influence who you are? How do our understandings of the world – our beliefs, values, dreams, and memories – influence the environments of everyday life? What can we learn about cultural identity and belonging by examining the landscapes and places we think are important to who we are? How does society reinforce or challenge issues such as social, economic, or political inequality through planning and organizing physical and social space? This course will introduce students to spatial ways of thinking about culture, including the interrelationships between power, meanings and values, ways of life, and the material things we create and use in ordinary life. By the end of this course students will be able to: define and use the concepts of space, place, and landscape to examine current social and cultural issues; demonstrate a geographic understanding of how identity and inequality are produced in society; and use spatial concepts and geographic methodologies to research a local cultural or social topic.

GEOGRAPHY 330-001 THE GEOGRAPHY OF DISASTERS
MWF 10:10a.m.  – 11:00a.m. CALLCOTT 102
                                                                             
Gregg Bowser   (7-5234)

This course introduces you to the nature, impact, and social responses to disasters.  We focus on the origin and characteristics of disasters, their spatial distribution, lessons learned from the great disasters, how society anticipates, and responds to them.  The major goals of the course are to: 1) introduce you to the range and type of environmental hazards and disasters and their geographic distribution; 2) examine the causes or triggering mechanisms (natural, human, technological) and 3) assess the societal impacts to disasters on individuals, organizations, and governments from the local to global scales.  By the end of the semester, students should be able to:

  • Understand the causes of disasters
  • Describe some of the historically significant major disasters
  • Critically evaluate scholarly articles in the disasters field
  • Appreciate the geographic variability in disaster agents and impacts

Grades are based on exams, homework assignments, and class participation.

GEOGRAPHY 341-001 CARTOGRAPHY
MW 12:20p.m. – 1:10p.m.  CALLCOTT 003
LAB:  F 12:20p.m. – 1:10p.m. CALLCOTT 005

Elbie Bentley (7-5234)

This course is an introduction to the principles and practice of map design. It provides the student with an understanding of the most appropriate ways of symbolizing geographic data on maps. Students develop cartographic skills through the completion of map projects using the latest Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software. Students learn how to design effective and attractive maps through lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and creating their own maps. In the latter half of the course, each student completes a final mapping project, based on a topic he or she selects. 

GEOGRAPHY 343-001 HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
MW   2:30p.m. – 3:45p.m.  CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Kirstin Dow (7-2482)

Human actions are transforming the Earth.  To understand environmental change processes today requires examining the interactions between humans, our social systems, and the biogeochemical processes that generate particular patterns of environmental damage across the globe - alterations in the global climate, degradation of rich coastal systems, heavy losses of tropical biodiversity,  desertification of marginal arid lands, and concentrations of municipal and industrial wastes associated with increasing urbanization. The class provides an overview of these impacts.  It also introduces major strategies for reducing impacts and promoting sustainability.  Evaluation in the course will be based upon a series of exams and short papers/assignments.

GEOGRAPHY 344-001 CITY SPACES, LOCAL PLACES
T TH  2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m.  CALLCOTT 102

Mr. James Byrum  (7-6380)

This class is an exploration of city life in Western countries.  We begin by examining the historical development of cities in the West, focusing on industrialization, de-industrialization, and the emergence of post-industrial, neo-liberal cities.  We will ask, what makes a city a city, and what makes urban life a unique form of social-spatial organization?  We will then look in more detail at the experiences of different social groups in cities, especially those defined on the basis of race, class, gender, age, and sexuality.  We consider the way in which social relationships and identities become inscribed in urban space, and in which different groups impose, accommodate, and subvert particular relationships and identities through their uses of space.  This class will draw on cutting-edge research in cultural and urban geography.  Topics covered include: ‘moral panics’ over teenaged boys in public spaces; debates about the construction of mosques in European cities; efforts to control street prostitution in Britain; and the formation of gay neighborhoods.  Reading and writing assignments will encourage students to explore how themes addressed in class are relevant to their everyday environments. 

GEOGRAPHY 345-001 INTERPRETATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS
T 12:30p.m. – 1:45p.m. CALLCOTT 003
Lab:  TH 12:30p.m. – 1:45p.m. CALLCOTT 005

Ms. Chang Yi (7-5234)

This course introduces the basics of aerial photography including radiant energy, properties of the photographic image, photo geometry, photogrammetric measurement, photo acquisition, and interpretation of aerial photographs.  Emphasis is placed on practical training in an effort to make the student a competent user of air photos for a variety of geographic and multidisciplinary applications. 

 

GEOGRAPHY 347-001 WATER AS A RESOURCE
T TH 12:30p.m. – 1:45p.m. CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Allan James (7-6117)

This is a survey course on basic concepts and tools of water resources management.  It begins  with the hydrologic cycle and develops a fundamental understanding of water systems, water  quality, and water-related hazards.  It then covers historical and contemporary water uses for  municipal, agricultural, industrial, and power-generation purposes, as well as global  distributions of supply and demand.  Institutional controls on water use in the United States  will be emphasized, including the economics of water, water rights law, and legislative  controls such as the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.  

Grades  will be based on two exams (70%), exercises (20%), attendance (5%), and participation in a  one-day field excursion (5%).

GEOGRAPHY 348-001 BIOGEOGRAPHY
T TH 11:00a.m. – 12:15p.m. CALLCOTT 101

Dr. John Kupfer (7-6739)

Biogeography involves mapping and understanding the distributions of plants and animals today and reconstructing those in the past using a range of analytical techniques, including geographic information systems, genetic analysis, dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) and palynology (the study of pollen to reconstruct past climates). Biogeographers also conduct research on how physical and biological factors control distributions of plants and animals and study how geographic distributions affect the evolution and extinction of species. In recent years, biogeographers have been involved in applying their knowledge to the protection of rare and endangered species and the conservation and management of threatened ecosystems. This course is broken down into 3 modules. The first module focuses on ecological concepts; the second module deals with the importance of evolutionary processes and biogeographic changes in geologic time, and the final module examines the development of modern distributions of plant and animal species and contemporary issues in biogeography such as conservation and land management. 

GEOGRAPHY 363-001 & 002 INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
MW 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CALLCOTT 201
Lab I: F 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CALLCOTT 005
Lab II: F 11:15a.m. – 12:05p.m. CALLCOTT 005
  
Dr. Michael Hodgson (7-8976)

Geographic Information Systems represent a major advancement in computer handling of geographical data.  These systems are used extensively throughout all levels of government, private industry, and academia to provide support for spatial decision making and problem solving.  Principles and methods of Geographic Information Systems are presented with an emphasis on modeling the Earth and abstracting geographical data, collection of geographical data using modern techniques such as GPS, and analysing patterns and spatial relationships. 

Practical experience with GIS is provided during the lab exercises using a state-of-the-art GI System. Students are expected to be comfortable with the Microsoft windows interface.

GEOGRAPHY 363-003  INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
 TH 11:00a.m  – 12:15p.m.  CALLCOTT 003
LAB: T 11:00a.m.--12:15p.m.  CALLCOTT 005

 Dr. Diansheng Guo  (7-2989)

Geographic Information Systems represent a major advancement in computer handling of geographical data.  These systems are used extensively throughout all levels of government, private industry, and academia to provide support for spatial decision making and problem solving.

Principles and methods of Geographic Information Systems are presented with emphasis on spatial data, manipulation and analysis, and applications.  Practical experience with GIS is provided through hands-on computer and manual exercises.  Students are expected to be familiar with the Microsoft windows interface.

GEOG 365-001 HURRICANES AND TROPICAL CLIMATOLOGY
MW 2:30p.m. – 3:45p.m. CALLCOTT 201

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

The purpose of the course is to present the basic concepts and processes as they relate to tropical climatology and hurricanes.  It covers weather basics at large geographic scales encompassing climate processes that relate to the entire tropics, and then progressing to smaller regional spatial scales such as those dealing with monsoon climates, followed by tropical climate forcings such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation.  Tropical cyclones and hurricane topics include the structure and characteristics, followed by hurricane forecasting techniques and then various aspects of hurricane climatology.  Tropical weather forecast discussions, following a format routinely used by the National Hurricane Center and utilizing real-time weather information, will reinforce important concepts learned in lecture. 

GEOGRAPHY 399 -- INDEPENDENT STUDY
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
T B A

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127 

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GEOGRAPHY 495-001 SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY
TU  3:30p.m. – 6:00p.m. CALLCOTT 101

Drs. Greg Carbone and Sarah Battersby (7-5234 / 7-5728)

This is a capstone course for undergraduate geography majors, is a requirement for geography majors for graduation, and is taught only during fall semesters. The semester starts with discussions of major themes and areas of interest within the discipline of Geography. Next, students will learn professional development skills, including resume preparation and interview techniques. Tips for obtaining post-undergraduate state- and Federal-level jobs, and for gaining admission to graduate school will be discussed. Pending availability, geography alumni will visit the class to share their experiences in the workforce. A significant portion of the course grade comprises a group-based research activity, and the associated papers and presentations, designed to integrate geographic knowledge and apply it to real-world problems.

GEOGRAPHY 498 -- UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
T B A

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234)  CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 499 -- UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)        
T B A

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

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GEOGRAPHY 512-001 MIGRATION AND GLOBALIZATION
T TH 9:30a.m.-10:45a.m. CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Caroline Nagel (7-4970)


Migration has been one of the most significant forces shaping the political, economic and social landscapes of the contemporary world system.  Today, no region or country is isolated from the changes wrought by population movement. The increasing scale and diversity of migration can be linked to changing patterns of development associated with ‘globalization’.  But migration is not simply an outcome of globalization; instead migration actively creates ‘the global’ by forging expansive networks of people, commodities, cultures, and political action.  In this course, we will explore historical and contemporary migration flows and the processes driving these flows, the impacts of migration on places of origin and destinations, and the multiple linkages that exist between migrants and their places of origin.     We will also give special attention to border politics, citizenship and integration policies, gender and migration, and new urban spaces of ‘superdiversity’.   

GEOGRAPHY 530-001 ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
MW  2:30p.m. – 3:45p.m. CALLCOTT 102

Dr. Chris Emrich (7-1591)

This course investigates the causes and impacts of environmental hazards on society.  Specifically, the course focuses on the relationship between society and nature, especially how people and societies respond to hazardous geologic, atmospheric, hydrologic, and technological events.  In addition to briefly reviewing the physical/technological dynamics of hazards, we will focus most of our attention on hazards mitigation and recovery from disasters.


The major goals of the course are to 1) examine the causes and consequences of hazards on society over time and space; 2) to assess various responses to disasters (relief, recovery, reconstruction, mitigation) by individuals and society; 3) understand the evolution of and current status of hazards policy; and 4) identify gaps in knowledge and policy in the hazards area.  The pre-requisites for the course are GEOG 330 The Geography of Disasters or its equivalent. Grades are based on exams and written assignments.

 GEOGRAPHY 531-001 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN
GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
T TH  2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m. CALLCOTT 003
Lab - TH  2:00p.m. – 3:15p.m. CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Christopher Upchurch (7-5867)

Quantitative methods are widely used in the social and physical sciences, including geography.  This course provides an introduction to quantitative methods, particularly from an applied statistics perspective as related to geography and spatial aspects. Students will be able to gain experience applying such methods on a variety of data sets covering all broad aspects of geography.  The course is applied with an emphasis on how to frame research questions, interpret statistical results, and communicate these results to a diverse audience.  They will also be introduced to geographic literature that discusses the main themes of quantitative methods in the discipline.

GEOGRAPHY 551-001 PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING
TU 2:00p.m. – 4:30p.m. CALLCOTT 005

Dr. John Jensen (7-5790)

Objectives: The goal of this course is to introduce  students to the fundamental concepts of remote sensing of the environment using airborne and satellite remote sensing systems. Remote sensing image analysis is primarily based on analog, visual image processing.
Method of Presentation: First, the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with earth surface materials is explored. Then, various types of remote sensor systems are introduced so that the user can match the most appropriate sensor system with the application. The second half of the course emphasizes applications of remote sensing to earth resource investigations, including: remote sensing of vegetation, water, urban/suburban infrastructure, and soils and rocks. 
Method of Evaluation: Grades are based on exercises (30%), a mid-term (30%), and a final exam (40%). Required Text: Jensen, J. R., 2007, Remote Sensing of the Environment, 2nd Edition, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, Inc., 550 p.

GEOGRAPHY 561-001 GEOGRAPHY FOR TEACHERS
MW 11:15a.m.-12:30p.m. CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jerry Mitchell (7-2986)

Basic concepts and content related physical, cultural, and economic characteristics of place, human-environment interaction, migration, regions, and the national geography standards . 

GEOGRAPHY 563-001 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
T TH 9:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.   CALLCOTT 003
Lab I:  T TH  9:30a.m. – 10:45a.m.  CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Christopher Upchurch  (7-5867)

This course covers the technical and conceptual bases of Geographic Information Systems.  This includes how GIS is used to perform spatial analysis, analysis of networks, incorporation of remote sensing data, and three-dimensional surfaces.  An integral part of this course is the extensive experience students gain using an operational geographic information system.  This experience allows the exploration of theoretical topics presented as well as examination and formulation of real-world applications areas as diverse as real estate, crime analysis, environmental protection.

GEOGRAPHY 564-001 GIS BASED MODELING
MW 1:25p.m. – 2:15p.m. CALLCOTT 003
Lab: F 1:25p.m. – 2:15p.m. CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Michael Hodgson – (7-8976)

Purpose of Course: The purpose of the course is to present geographical and temporal modeling concepts using GIS modeling languages and techniques.  Practical laboratory experience with state-of-the-art software and hardware will be used.  Material covered will include the cartographic modeling language concepts by Tomlin, deterministic and statistical models, and coupled/embedded approaches to modeling.  By the end of the course, students should be able to make informed decisions about the appropriate conceptual model, scale of analysis, and GIS implementation strategy for geographical modeling problems.  Students will also be able to implement a variety of embedded models using ArcGIS and either Visual Basic Applications (VBA) or C#.

Prerequisites.   Students entering this course should have the equivalent of GEOG 563 and some experience with Visual Basic or C#/Java.

 Course Presentation.   Material will be presented through lectures (Monday and Wednesday class meetings) and hands on work in the computing laboratory (generally on Fridays).  The geographic concepts are first presented in the context of one or more applications.  An implementation solution to the concept is next presented.  Finally, students conduct an extension of this concept and implementation using a GISystem.


GEOGRAPHY 571-001 MICROCLIMATOLOGY
T  12:30p.m. – 2:30p.m. CALLCOTT 112
T TH  12:30p.m. – 2:30p.m. CALLCOTT 302

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

This course examines the interactions between the earth’s surface and the lower atmosphere. Microclimatology involves understanding the mean states and permanent repeated phenomena in the atmosphere on the micrometeorological scale. The focus on the course is the description of transport processes of energy and mass in the soil-vegetation-atmosphere system.  Processes discussed with include radiation, turbulence, soil heat fluxes, momentum transfer, latent and sensible heat fluxes, moisture fluxes and evaporation.  After completion of this course, students will understand the scientific theory governing land-atmosphere interactions, as well as the role of models and fieldwork in enhancing the current understanding. Student will work with microclimatic data and instrumentation.

GEOGRAPHY 595-001 INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY
(*A Signed Internship Contract Required by the Instructor before Enrolling)
T B A

Dr. Michael Hodgson (7-8976) CALLCOTT 326

The internship in geography helps students acquire valuable "on the job" experience and develop marketable job skills as well as learn about employment opportunities and requirements.  Students serve as interns with cooperating government agencies, or commercial and nonprofit businesses.  A special effort is made to assign each intern to a position compatible with his/her interests, abilities, and career aspirations.  The course is graded on a pass/not pass basis.  Grades are determined by the Internship Director in consultation with supervisory personnel in cooperating agencies.  Grades are based on the performance of internship duties and the preparation of an internship summary report.

                                                                            
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GEOGRAPHY 705 DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHY
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
T B A

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty. 

GEOGRAPHY 706 SELECTED TOPICS IN CART/RS
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
T B A

Dr. Gregory (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

GEOGRAPHY 721-001 SEMINAR IS SYSTEMATIC GEOGRAPHY
(CULTURAL LANDSCAPES)
WED.  3:00p.m. 5:30p.m.  CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

 In this seminar we will evaluate various concepts of the cultural landscape for the perspectives they offer for geographic studies of culture. “Landscape” denotes the interaction between people and place. Landscape studies can also be understood as a visual and a textual methodology for human geography. Contemporary human geography assumes that the landscape is more than a ‘trace of culture’, and sees the landscape as implicated in processes of social and cultural reproduction. The landscape is not only a result of particular ideologies, for example, but also sustains them: it is political. Studying the landscape reveals processes of race, gender, ethnicity, class, or other dimensions of identity. We will explore landscape studies that examine images, symbols, monuments, public art, or architecture. We will also examine the relationships between non-material social interactions and the material social environment. We also consider how material dimensions of the landscape exert their own power by conditioning the ways in which we move through the landscape or the particular emotions we experience. The seminar begins with some defining studies of the cultural landscape and continues with a survey of various theoretical approaches to landscape and methodologies for landscape studies. By the end of this course, students will be able to: define and critique foundational theories in cultural landscape studies; use landscape studies to understand social identity and inequality; and employ approaches, concepts, and methodologies of cultural landscape studies in original research.

GEOGRAPHY 746-001 SEMINAR IN CLIMATOLOGY
MON 5:00p.m. – 7:30p.m.  CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

The title of this seminar is "Climatic Change and Extreme Climate Events", which will include the study of atmospheric variations and impacts that occur from daily (ex. extreme floods and hurricanes) up to several years duration (ex. extreme drought and El Nino), as well as at longer historical timescales. The course will have somewhat of a focus on the southeastern United States, but it will also involve appropriate literature that deals with a variety of climatic events elsewhere around the world.  Some topics include climate variability at different spatial scales (local to synoptic), theories of climate change, case studies of extreme climatic hazards, decadal climate variability, the reconstruction of extreme events from paleoclimatic approaches, and the predictability of future climate extremes and variations. Environmental responses (ex. hydrological, coastal, and biotic), and societal impacts will be addressed appropriately, as students will have opportunities to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to properly assess real-world climate impact issues. Grading will be based primarily on participation/discussions of the climate extremes literature, and on a research project (paper and presentation).  

GEOGRAPHY 763-001 SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
TH 1:00p.m. – 3:30p.m. CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Diansheng Guo (7-2989)

The purpose of the course is to introduce a selection of research topics related to GIScience and its applications. Topics to be covered include data representation, management, computational/statistical analysis, and visualization.

Application areas may include (depending on students' choice) image classification and segmentation, vulnerability analysis and mapping, spatial aspects of social networks, mobile GIS and analysis of movements, climate data analysis and visualization, public health, transportation, and crime analysis.

To examine each topic, the seminar will use a mix of approaches, including lectures, readings, classroom discussions, project assignment, and term paper writing. Computer programming experience is not required but is preferred. Students are expected to have basic training in quantitative and statistical methods.

GEOGRAPHY 799 THESIS PREPARATION
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
T B A

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127 

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GEOGRAPHY 805 DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION PROCESSING
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
T B A
Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

Directed research topics in geographical information processing processing to be individually supervised by graduate faculty. 

GEOG 830-001 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY
MON 10:10a.m. – 12:40p.m.  CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Susan Cutter (7-1590)

This seminar will focus on one of the emerging fields of inquiry in nature-society studies: resilience.  Broadly speaking, resilience is the ability of a system to “bounce back” after an external shock.  In the context of disasters, we examine resilience from the perspective of a community and those characteristics or inherent capacities within communities that enable them cope with, respond to and recover from a disaster event. Within the climate change context, resilience sometimes treated as a property of a system and its ability to absorb stresses and continue to function while others link it to the concept of adaptive capacity applied at multiple scales. One of the main issues in resilience is how to measure it, and what to measure.  This seminar will focus on one component—social resilience.   We will read widely in the areas of social capital, social networks, and social networks analysis and how these can be incorporated into a geospatial framework for use in understanding and measuring social resilience from environmental threats.

GEOGRAPHY 841-001 ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CARTOGRAPHY
MON 2:30p.m. 5:00p.m. CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Sarah Battersby (7-5729)

The focus of this seminar is on examining the relationship between people and the representation and use of geographic informationThe seminar will largely approach this relationship from a cognitive perspective – exploring the history of cognitive research in Geographic Information Science, and geography in general, and how it has influenced the methods, models, software design, and research approaches that we use today.  Since cartography and mapping science overlaps with so many aspects of geography, the course is designed to be broad in focus and to provide a survey of current, and foundational, research in cartography and where it fits in the larger field of geography.  Through reading, discussion, and practical class exercises the course will explore topics such as cognitive maps and mapping, user interfaces and usability for map design, volunteered geographic information, and research methods in cognitive cartography. 

GEOGRAPHY 899 DISSERTATION PREPARATION
(*Requires Departmental Chair Approval)
 T B A
Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-5234) CALLCOTT 127

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