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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


Fall 2014 Courses

Undergraduates may take 100- through 500-level courses. Graduate students will only receive credit for courses numbered at the 500-level and above.


GEOG 103-001: INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY
T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 011
Staff (ph. 777-5234)
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.

 

GEOG 103-002: INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY
MWF 9:40am-10:30am CALLCOTT 011
Staff (ph. 777-5234)
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.
 

GEOG E103-E01: INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY
MW 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm CALLCOTT 201
Staff (ph. 777-5234)
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.
 

GEOG 104-001: INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
MWF 10:50am -11:40am CALLCOTT 201
Mr. Christopher Kaase (ph. 777-5234)
Physical geography is an area of study that synthesizes and connects elements of our physical environment as they relate to human beings. It includes many aspects of various earth and life sciences, but expresses them in a way that emphasizes patterns of interaction between elements and with humankind. This means that physical geography, like other branches of geography, examines spatial relationships - not only where things are, but also why they are there. The objective of this course is to provide a systematic introduction to physical geography, including the major components of the earth system (atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere and lithosphere) as well as regulatory processes, distribution patterns of important aspects, and impacts of human activity.
 

GEOG 105-001: THE DIGITAL EARTH 
T TH 2:50pm - 4:05pm / CALLCOTT 302
TBD (ph. 777-4590)
The Digital Earth is an introductory course about the earth and how it can be viewed and analyzed digitally.  The course covers a wide range of topics: making measurements on the earth, global positioning systems (GPS), aerial photography, remote sensing as means of capturing earth images, geographic information systems (GIS) as a means of analysis, dynamic maps on mobile devices, creating 3D structures and visualizing various types of mapping data.
        Through lecture and computer/field exercises, students will learn the basics components necessary to create and explore many types of digital earth map representations. Each topic has an accompanying lab exercise which serves to tie concept to application. No previous technical experience is assumed and only basic Windows operating system familiarity required. 
 

GEOG 121-001: LANDS & PEOPLES OF THE WORLD
T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 011
Dr. Caroline Nagel (ph. 777-4970)
This course introduces students to diversity, inequality, and interconnectedness in the contemporary world through the lens of regional geography.  In terms of diversity, this course highlights the ways that the physical environment, social and economic systems, political relationships, and historical circumstances have produced distinctive regions, like ‘Latin America’ and ‘the Middle East’.  In terms of interconnectedness, this course explores the ways in which global processes - world trade, colonialism and neo-colonialism, geopolitical conflict, and climate change - have integrated different world regions into a complex global system.  In terms of inequality, this course gives special attention to the way that regional and global processes intersect to produce and reinforce social and geographical disparities. 
 

GEOG 201-001, 002, 003, 004LANDFORM GEOGRAPHY
T TH 10:05am -11:20am CALLCOTT 201
Lab I: T 2:50pm - 4:40pm CALLCOTT 202
Lab II: TH 2:50pm - 4:40pm CALLCOTT 202
Lab III: M 10:50am - 12:30pm CALLCOTT 202
Lab IV: W 10:50am - 12:30pm CALLCOTT 202
Dr. Allan James (ph. 777-6117)
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. 
 

GEOG 202-001, 002, 003, 004, 005: WEATHER AND CLIMATE 
T TH 1:15pm -2:30pm PETIGRU 108
Lab I: T 2:50pm-4:40pm CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab II: TH 2:50pm-4:40pm CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab III: W 9:40am-11:30am CALLCOTT 004/005
Lab IV: W12:00pm-1:50pm CALLCOTT 112/005
Lab V: W 3:30pm-5:20pm CALLCOTT 004/005
Dr. April Hiscox (ph. 777-6604)
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, interannual variability, and long-term change.  The laboratory sections will include experiments, workbook exercises, and analysis of real-time computer weather graphics.  The final grade will be based on lecture exams, 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. 
 

GEOG 210-002: PEOPLES, PLACES and ENVIRONMENTS 
MW 2:20pm - 3:35pm CALLCOTT 011
Dr. Edward Carr (ph. 777-1854)
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. 
 

GEOG 223-001: GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
T TH 11:40am - 12:55pm CALLCOTT 201
Mr. James Byrum (ph. 777-6380)
An introduction to the physical and human geography of Latin America. Lectures are structured around 5 major themes in Latin America: (i) physical geography, a review of the varying ecosystems,  climate, vegetation, and land patterns of the region; (ii) historical geography, an examination of the indigenous people and the impact that European colonization had on the region, the resulting social and political organization of the region, and various cultural-behavioral aspects of the region's people, (iii) population geography, an examination of the racial and ethnic composition of the region's people today, its population growth and demographic transition, its patterns of mortality, fertility and migration, its settlement patterns, its religious practices, and the urbanization of the region; (iv) economic geography, an exploration of the pattern considerations of economic activities over time in the region and the potential influences of international economic cycles and organizations); and (v) political geography, the political evolution of the region, including the national governments and their international policies. Reading and writing assignments will encourage students to examine and explore differences and similarities between Anglo-America and Latin America.
 

GEOG 226-001: GEOGRAPY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 102
Dr. Amy Mills (ph. 777-5688)
This course approaches the region of the Middle East from a human geography perspective and does not attempt to cover the entire region. Rather, students in this course will use geographic concepts to: 1) develop an understanding of historic and contemporary cultures and environments in the Middle East and; 2) examine current topics and debates in the Middle East as local expressions of geographic connections to the region and to global processes.  The course begins with a historical geographic overview of the region and then focuses on specific country examples and special topics in social, cultural, economic, and political geography.  Topics that might be covered include: Islamic cities and medieval Islamic geography; the making of colonial and national boundaries; urbanization, poverty, and culture; environmental resources in culture and politics; gender, veiling, and Islamic feminism; cultures of democracy and authoritarianism; and current debates in society. 
 

GEOG 313-001: ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 003
Mr. Conor Harrison (ph. 777-5234)
This course introduces students to the places and spaces where economic activities are carried out and circulate. The course material, which includes texts, films, newspaper articles, lectures, and in-class activities, will help students to develop an understanding of how economic processes shape the landscape but also how to analyze those processes within their social, cultural, and political contexts. The course will examine how the economic realms of labor, finance, government transportation, technology, natural resources, and corporations shape the world around us, as well as how the world shapes those industries.

 

GEOG 330-001: THE GEOGRAPHY OF DISASTERS
Dr. Melanie Gall (ph. 777-9818)
  

GEOG 341-001: CARTOGRAPHY
MWF 12:00pm-12:50pm CALLCOTT 003
LAB: F 12:00pm-12:50 pm CALLCOTT 005
Dr. Sarah Battersby (ph. 777-5729)
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.
 

GEOG 343-001: HUMAN IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 202
Dr. Kirstin Dow (ph. 777-2482)
Some scientists are arguing that the present period of Earth history be called the “Anthropocene” because of the dominant role of people in changing the planet. 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 social science approaches to analyzing the causes of problems and identifying strategies for reducing impacts and promoting sustainability.  Evaluation in the course will be based upon a series of exams.
 

GEOG 344-H01: CITY SPACES, LOCAL PLACES 
Restricted to Honors students or permission from Instructor 
T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 101 
Dr. Caroline Nagel (ph. 777-4970)
This class explores city life in the United States.  We begin by examining the historical development of cities in the US, 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 urbanism a distinct way of life?  This class will draw on cutting-edge research in cultural and urban geography to explore relationships between the urban political-economy and urban social life.  We will look in detail at the experiences of different social groups in cities, especially those defined on the basis of race, class, gender, and age.  How do social relationships and identities become inscribed in urban space? And what are the ways in which different groups experience the city and enforce/contest power relations through their uses of space?  Topics covered include: the politics of urban planning and zoning, growth machines, place marketing, suburbanization, gentrification, and public space. 
 

GEOG 345-001: INTERPRETATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS
T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 004/005
Dr. Cuizhen Wang (ph. 777-5867)
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. No previous technical experience is needed. Basic knowledge of ArcGIS will help in lab exercises but is not required.
 

GEOG 347-001: WATER AS A RESOURCE
T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 202
Dr. Jessica Barnes (ph. 777-9945)
This course examines the political, social, and cultural dimensions of water resources management. In the first part of the class we will explore the multiple functions that water fulfills as a resource. It quenches thirst, sustains crops, generates power, cools industry, carries waste, and maintains ecosystems.  For each of these topics we will look at the management issues, problems, and solutions that play out on individual, national, and global scales. The second part of the class will focus on the political dynamics of water distribution, access, and use. We will investigate questions of transboundary water management, climate change adaptation, water-related disasters, water governance, water scarcity, and the threat of water wars.
 

GEOG 363-001 & 002: INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
MWF 10:50 am-11:40 am CALLCOTT 003
Lab I: F 10:50am-11:40am CALLCOTT 005
Lab II: F 1:10pm-2:00pm Callcott 005
Dr. Michael Hodgson (ph. 777-8976)
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 analyzing 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.
 

GEOG 370-001: AMERICA’S NATIONAL PARKS
T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 201
Dr. John Kupfer (ph. 777-5234)
This course introduces students to the major resource, managerial and recreational components of America’s National Park system. To provide a context for understanding current management issues, we will begin with an examination of the National Park Service’s history, development, mission, and decision-making framework. These will be followed by broad-brush treatments and case studies of current issues facing park system units, including wildfire management, invasive species, species reintroductions, pollution, recreation pressure, and other significant environmental changes.
 

GEOG 371-001: AIR POLUTION AND CLIMATOLOGY
T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 102
Dr. April Hiscox (ph. 777-6608)
Air pollution - at local, regional, and global scales - stands as one of the most important environmental problems of the modern technological age. This course examines the processes and issues that relate to air pollution. Emphasis is on the role of the atmosphere in air quality. Additional topics of enquiry include sources of air pollution, environmental and health effects of air pollution, air quality sampling and monitoring, urban smog, and ozone depletion. 
 

GEOG 399: INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent Study Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
TBA
See Elizabeth Belcher for Section and Course Registration Code.
(ph. 777-5234) CALLCOTT 127 

GEOG 495-001: SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY
T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 101
Dr. Kirstin Dow (ph. 777-2482)
This is a capstone course for undergraduate geography majors, is a requirement for geography majors for graduation, and is taught only during fall semesters. A significant portion of the course effort and grade is a group-based research activity, and the associated papers and presentations, designed to integrate geographic knowledge and apply it to real-world problems. In addition, 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.
 

GEOG 498: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
TBA
See Elizabeth Belcher for Section and Course Registration Code.
(ph. 777-5234) CALLCOTT 127
 

GEOG 499: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
TBA
See Elizabeth Belcher for Section and Course Registration Code.
(ph. 777-5234) CALLCOTT 127 
 

GEOG 530-001: ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS
MW 3:55pm-5:10pm CALLCOTT 102
Dr. Susan Cutter (ph. 777-1590)
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.
 

GEOG 531-001: QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH
MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 102
Dr. Cary Mock (ph. 777-1211)
This course will deal with the nature of geographical data sets, and statistical measures and models commonly used by geographers to describe spatial variations and patterns, distributions, and relationships among geographical data. Each student will be given opportunities to apply these techniques to geographical datasets, with practice involving use of computer-based exercises and written examinations. The course assumes knowledge of basic algebra.  The course does not focus on the derivation of equations, but rather focuses on applications.
 

GEOG 547-001FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY
T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 112
Dr. Allan James (ph. 777-6117)
This course examines river and floodplain processes, forms, and restoration.  The primary objective is to develop an understanding of how discharges of water and sediment in streams interact with river landforms to affect flooding, sedimentation, erosion, and loss of aquatic biodiversity.  The time scales considered range from intra-annual to the Quaternary.  The course emphasizes linkages between erosion and deposition, sediment transport and storage, recognizing processes from the resulting channel and floodplain landforms, interactions with flood hazards, and conventional methods of analysis.  River channels are dynamic systems that convey water, sediment, and non-point source pollution from watersheds.  Humans have significantly altered most river systems, so anthropogenic changes and the mitigation of those changes (river restoration) are an essential topic of the course.  While upland (hillslope) processes control water and sediment loads and drive river channel responses, the emphasis of this course is on the channel systems, ranging from gullies, to tributary streams and major rivers.  Tools of analysis and concepts will include channel network topology, basic hydraulics, hydraulic geometry, theories of morphological adjustment, channel classification, sediment transport, fluvial sedimentology (lab and field), flood probabilities, and applications of geographic information science (GIS).  Grading of graduate and undergraduate students will be determined separately.  Evaluation is based on two exams, exercises, and (grads only) a term paper.
 

GEOG 551-001: PRINCIPLES OF REMOTE SENSING
T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 004/005
Dr. Cuizhen Wang (ph. 777-5867)
This course introduces the fundamental concepts about remote sensing of environment with airborne and satellite systems. Topics include: 1) basics of electromagnetic radiation interacting with earth surfaces; 2) technical backgrounds of image acquisition and common satellite systems; 3) Earth observations with multi-spectral, thermal, LiDAR, and Radar remote sensing; and 4) example applications of remote sensing in vegetation, water, soil and urban developments. Knowledge of photo interpretation (GEOG345) is preferred but not required.
      Lab exercises are provided to enhance students' understanding of remote sensing based upon analog, visual image processing. The commercial image processing software, Erads/Imagine, is introduced in labs.
 

GEOG 561-001: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION 
Tu-Th 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 101
Dr. Jerry Mitchell (ph. 777-2986)
Geography defines itself not by its subject matter, but rather by its perspective or worldview. Geography is content-driven, graphically rich, technologically sophisticated, and applicable to other subject areas. This course helps teachers and prospective teachers acquire geographic knowledge and skills needed to understand the spatial characteristics and interactions of important physical, demographic, cultural, political, and economic systems. Students enrolled in this course will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge of geographic philosophy and methods, and will be able to use geographic knowledge and methods in pedagogic contexts.
        The student will learn to:

  • Use historical, cultural, and geopolitical contexts to analyze social and environmental issues at all scales
  • Apply the principles of the natural sciences to contemporary issues
  • Use technology to understand spatial relationships
  • Incorporate geographic concepts within the K-12 classroom
  • Complete a lesson plan that engages K-12 students in spatial thinking
     

GEOG 563-001: ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
T TH 11:40a.m-12:55pm CALLCOTT 003/005
Lab T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 003/005 
Dr. Diansheng Guo (ph. 777-2989)
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.

GEOG 564-001: GIS BASED MODELING
MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 302
Dr. Michael Hodgson - (ph. 777-8976)
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 python/model builder.
        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.
 

GEOG 569-001/ANTH 569-001: ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT
MW 3:55pm-5:10pm CALLCOTT 101
Dr. Edward Carr (ph. 777-1854)
This course explores the intersections of international development and environmental change. Students will become familiar with theories of development, issues of environmental change and degradation, and how they come together in particular places through both conceptual and case-study readings.
 

GEOG 581-001/ANTH 581-001; GLOBALIZATION & CULTURAL QUESTIONS
T TH 4:25pm-5:40pm CALLCOTT 112
Mr. David Kneas (ph. 777-1308)
This course examines events, processes, and historical moments glossed as “globalization.” We will read key contributions from anthropology, geography, and history to analyze globalization and its pseudonyms (from capitalism to neoliberalism), as well as its discontents (from social protest to fair trade organic coffee). We will explore globalization as a centuries long historical process as well as a defined period of the post Cold War era. Is globalization, as a cultural concept and political-economic process, useful today? How has the concept and its significance changed since the global recession of 2008? In grappling with these questions, we will examine the relationship between culture, power, and economy.
 

GEOG 595-001: INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY For Graduate Credit
A Signed Internship Contract Required and Approved by the Instructor
TBA
Dr. Caroline Nagel
CALLCOTT 106 (ph. 777-4970)
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.
 

GEOG 595-002: INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY For Undergraduate Credit
A Signed Internship Contract Required and Approved by the Instructor
TBA
Dr. Sarah Battersby 
CALLCOTT 325 (ph. 777-5729)
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.
 

GEOG 705: DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHY
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.
TBA
CALLCOTT 127 (ph. 777-5234)
 

GEOG 706: SELECTED TOPICS IN CART/RS
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.
TBA
CALLCOTT 127 (ph. 777-5234)
 

GEOG 721-001: SEMINAR IN SYSTEMATIC GEOGRAPHY
Landscape Studies: Materiality and Representation
T 2:50pm-5:20pm CALLCOTT 228
Dr. Amy Mills (ph. 777-5688)
In this seminar we will evaluate various concepts of the cultural landscape for the perspectives they offer for geographic studies of culture. “Landscape” denotes an 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 illuminates 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.
 

GEOG 730-001: SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY
M 9:40am-12:10pm CALLCOTT 228
Dr. Susan Cutter (ph. 777-1590)
Analysis of geographic research on nature-society interactions with an emphasis on inequalities and environmental justice.  Readings will be related to social vulnerability, environmental inequalities, and environmental justice. (Prereq: GEOG 530 or GEOG 568)
 

GEOG 763-001: SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
W 3:55pm-6:25pm CALLCOTT 228
Dr. Diansheng Guo (ph. 777-2989)
Theory and application of modern automated approaches to handling geographic data. Includes computer oriented procedures for the input, analysis and display of spatial data. Areas covered range from census address matching to statewide natural resource systems. Prerequisites: GEOG 563
 

GEOG 799: THESIS PREPARATION
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
TBA
CALLCOTT 127 (ph. 777-5234)
Thesis Preparation research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty. 
 

GEOG 805: DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION PROCESSING
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
TBA
CALLCOTT 127 (ph. 777-5234)
Directed research topics in geographical information processing to be individually supervised by graduate faculty.
 

Geography 847-001
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
M 3:55pm-6:25pm CALLCOTT 112
Dr. Cary Mock (ph. 777-1211)
The title of this seminar is "Environmental Change and Extreme Climate Events".  It will include an interdisciplinary approach on the study of environmental changes involving the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere, and including anthropogenic and natural changes.  The seminar will have somewhat of a focus related to rapid climate events that occur from daily (ex. floods and hurricanes) up to several years duration (ex. extreme drought), as well as some at longer historical timescales that help drive some of these environmental changes at local to global scales. Seminar readings will include prominent peer-review articles on weekly topics, with The Sage Handbook of Environmental Change (2012) also serving as a general guideline.  Societal impacts will also be addressed appropriately, as students will have opportunities to work across traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to properly assess real-world environmental change impact issues. Grading will be based primarily on participation/discussions of the environmental change/extreme climate events literature, and on a research project (paper and presentation).
 

GEOG 899: DISSERTATION PREPARATION
Contract Required and Approved by Instructor
TBA
CALLCOTT 127 (ph. 777-5234)
Dissertation Preparation research topic is individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.