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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Geography


Fall 2016 Courses

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

GEOGRAPHY 103-001-- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 011

Dr. Larianne Collins (7-4973)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in 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 demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

GEOGRAPHY 103-002 -- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 011

Staff (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in 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 demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

GEOGRAPHY 103-E01 -- INTRO TO GEOGRAPHY

MW 5:30pm–6:45pm CALLCOTT 201

STAFF (7-5234)

This course introduces students to the breadth and relevance of the field of geography. It explores the paradigms of space, place, mobility, and scale in 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 demonstrates the applicability of geography to other fields of study and current issues of globalization.

GEOGRAPHY 104-001 -- INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

MWF 10:50am-11:40am CALLCOTT 201

Staff (7-5234)

Physical geography 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 the processes that underlie the observed patterns. 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.

GEOGRAPHY 104-002 INTRO TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

T TH 6:00pm-8:50pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jean T. Ellis (7-1593)

Physical geography 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 the processes that underlie the observed patterns. 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.

GEOGRAPHY 105-001 - THE DIGITAL EARTH

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 202

Lab TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Cuizhen (Susan) Wang(7-5867)

The Digital Earth is an introductory course focusing on how the earth surface is visualized, explored, and analyzed in digital formats. It provides a systematic introduction of map-based analytical approaches to understanding the Earth environment and human society. The topics cover the basics of cartography (map making and reading), aerial photography and satellite image interpretation, geographic information systems (GIS), and map-based reasoning and communication of spatial data. Through lectures and computer/field exercises, students will learn fundamental concepts of digital geographic data to understand vast quantities of geographic information in our ever-changing world. Students will be exposed to leading edge trends in mapping technology – with examples from everyday life like web-based maps and smartphone APPs – as their practical experiences

GEOGRAPHY 201-001, 002, 003, 004 LANDFORM GEOGRAPHY

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 201

Lab I:  T 2:50pm –4:40pmCALLCOTT 202

Lab II:  W 9:40am–11:30am CALLCOTT 202

Lab III: W 12:pm–1:50pm CALLCOTT 202

Lab IV: W 3:30pm–5:20pm CALLCOTT 202

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 202-001, 002, 003 WEATHER AND CLIMATE

T TH   8:30am-9:45am CALLCOTT 201

Lab I  W 2:20pm-4:10pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab II TH 1:15pm-3:05pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab III TH 3:15pm-5:05pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. Gregory Carbone (7-0682)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 202-004, 005, 006 WEATHER AND CLIMATE

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm

Lab IV T 1:15pm-3:05pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab V W 9:40am-11:30am CALLCOTT 004/005

Lab VI W 12:00pm-1:50pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 202-H01 WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Honors College Permission

MW 3:55pm-5:10pm CALLCOTT 003

Lab T 3:15pm-5:05pm CALLCOTT 004/005

Dr. April Hiscox (7-6604)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 210-001 PEOPLES, PLACES and ENVIRONMENTS

T TH 1:15pm–2:30pm CALLCOTT 201

Staff (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 321-001 Sustainable Cities

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Conor Harrison (576-6010)

In an increasingly urbanized world, making cities sustainable is one of the key challenges of the 21st century. Despite the imminent threats posed by environmental and social problems in cities, governments, urban theorists, and everyday people are yet to a come to a consensus over what to do. This course takes an international perspective to examine three key questions related to the social and environmental sustainability of cities: (1) Are cities unsustainable? (2) Is it possible to rethink the relationship between the cities and the environment? (3) What can we learn initiatives currently attempting to produce sustainable cities? In the process of answering these questions, students will develop and apply research methods and critical thinking skills to local, national, and international challenges using concepts and theories from urban studies, geography, and planning.

GEOGRAPHY 330-E01 THE GEOGRAPHY OF DISASTERS

This is an online course. Web Based Instructional Method

Dr. Melanie Gall (7-9818)

This course introduces you to the nature and impact of as well as the social responses to disasters. We focus on the origin and characteristics of disasters, their spatial distribution, lessons learned from the great disasters, and how society anticipates and responds to disasters. The major goals of the course are to: 1) familiarize you with the range and types of environmental hazards/disasters and their geographic distribution; 2) examine the causes or triggering mechanisms (natural, human, technological) of disasters; 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, you should be able to:

- List and explain the causes of disasters

- Describe selected historically significant major disasters

- Examine and review the societal responses and lessons learned of major disasters

- Interpret the geographic variability in disaster agents and impacts

GEOGRAPHY 341-001 - CARTOGRAPHY

T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 003

Lab: TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Diansheng Guo (7-2989)

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 12:00pm-1:15pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Kirstin Dow (7-2482)

This course examines the relationship between society and the environment. That is, relations between culture, power, and environmental change. The course not only addresses themes of environmental degradation, but also considers the history and culture of environmental protection. In this regard, we will explore ideas of nature (from frontier wilderness to tropical Amazonia) and analyze the ways ideas of nature have influenced national identity, racial difference, and the branding and consumption of goods. In our approach to issues of environmental degradation we will examine the wider relations of power and economic production that drive environmental change, while critically examining popular framings of environmental problems. In situating issues of environmental degradation and protection in their wider political, cultural, and historical context, this course helps students develop and apply critical thinking skills towards the environment and their place within it.

GEOGRAPHY 345-001 INTERPRETATION OF AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 003

Lab: TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Cuizhen (Susan) Wang (7-5867)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 363-001 & 002 INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

MW 10:50am-11:40am CALLCOTT 003

Lab I: F 10:50am-11:40am CALLCOTT 005

Lab II: F 12:00pm-12:50pm CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Michael Hodgson (7-8976)

Geographic Information Systems (GISs) 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, mapping information, and analyzing patterns and spatial relationships.

Practical experience with GIS is provided during the lab exercises using a stateoftheart GIS.  Students are provided free copies of the GIS software.   No prerequisites required.

GEOG 365-001 HURRICANES AND TROPICAL CLIMATOLOGY

T TH 11:40am-12:55pm CALLCOTT 101

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

(Independent Study Contract Required and Department Permission)         

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 495-001 SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY

MW 3:55pm-5:10pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Kirstin Dow (7-2482)

This is a capstone course for undergraduate Geography majors and is a requirement for Geography majors for graduation.  It is taught only during Fall semesters. A significant portion of the course is devoted to group-based research activities designed to integrate geographic knowledge and to apply geographic skills to real-world problems.  Students will learn about crafting research questions, designing a methodology, and carrying out a research plan.  Students’ geographical knowledge and skills will be demonstrated through presentations and papers.  In addition, students will learn professional development skills, including resume preparation and interview techniques. Tips for obtaining post-graduate jobs in the private, public, and non-profit sectors and for applying to graduate school will be discussed.

GEOGRAPHY 498: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Department Permission Required)

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 499: UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

(Department Permission)

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 530-001 ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARDS

MW 3:55pm-5:10pm CALLCOTT 102

Dr. Susan Cutter (7-1590)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 531-001 QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH

T TH 8:30am-9:45am CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Cary Mock (7-1211)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 535-001 HAZARDS ANALYSIS AND PLANNING

MW 10:35am-11:50am CALLCOTT 302

Dr. Susan Cutter (7-1590)

Dr. Chris Emrich (7-1591)

Dr. Melanie Gall (7-9818)

Examination of the geo-spatial aspects of hazards analysis and planning with specific reference to disaster preparedness, recovery, mitigation, and resilience. This course 1) provides a historical overview of hazards assessment and planning within the United States including the legal frameworks such as the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 and its amendments; 2) introduces the conceptual and theoretical background to hazards analysis including scale, geospatial models, and metrics for vulnerability and resilience; 3) introduces analytical tools used in hazards and vulnerability assessments; and 4) illustrates the application of existing hazards research on planning and analysis into contemporary practice.  Using a combination of learning styles ranging from reading, lectures, and in class discussions to more active engagement with online discussions, blogs, GIS labs, and hands-on exercises, the course illustrates how the principles of the geographical sciences tailored to hazards analysis are translated into useful information for practitioners.  Students should already have some of the fundamental knowledge and basic introductory background in hazards and in geographic information systems. 

By the end of the semester students should be able to:

- Demonstrate the ability to think spatially, analyze hazards data, and provide a place-based hazard assessment for a community, county, state, or region

- Understand the geographical dimensions and information requirements for preparedness, mitigation, and recovery

- Understand limitations in measuring hazards and vulnerability at different spatial scales

- Critically evaluate hazard assessment methodologies including limitations in models and in available data streams

- Spatially represent hazards, vulnerability, and resilience at local to national scales 

Prerequisites: GEOG 363 and 530, or equivalents; or permission of the instructor

GEOGRAPHY 547-001 FLUVIAL GEOMORPHOLOGY

T TH 1:15pm-2:30pm CALLCOTT 202

Dr. Allan James (7-6117)

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 in fluvial systems ranging from gullies, to tributary streams, and major rivers..  The course emphasizes linkages between erosion and deposition of channel and floodplain landforms, flood hazards, and conventional methods of analysis.  Humans have significantly altered most river systems, so anthropogenic changes and the mitigation of those changes (river restoration or rehabilitation) are essential topics of the course. Tools of analysis and concepts will include channel network topology, basic hydraulics, hydraulic geometry, theories of morphological adjustment, channel classification, river restoration, 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.

GEOGRAPHY 561-001 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jerry Mitchell (7-2986)

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

GEOGRAPHY 563-001 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

T TH 10:05a.m-11:20am CALLCOTT 003

Lab TH 10:05-11:20am CALLCOTT 005

Dr. Diansheng Guo (7-2989)

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.

GEOGRAPHY 564-001 GIS BASED MODELING

MW 2:20pm-3:35pm CALLCOTT 302

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, coupled/embedded approaches for modeling implementations, and calibration/validation techniques. 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.  Application examples in the course includes physical processes (e.g. hydrology, toxic-releases, flora mapping, animal behavior) and human-environment interaction (e.g. hazards, facility siting, accessibility, attitudes-behavior).

Prerequisites. Students entering this course should have the equivalent of an introduction to GIS course and some experience with a scripting language (e.g. HTML, javascript, python). 

Course Presentation. Material will be presented through lectures and hands on work in the computing laboratory. The geographic concepts are first presented in the context of one or more modeling applications. An implementation solution to the concept is next presented. Finally, students conduct an extension of this concept and implementation using a modern GIS modeling approach.

GEOG 573-001 CLIMATIC CHANGE AND VARIABILITY

T TH 10:05am-11:20am CALLCOTT 102

Dr. Greg Carbone (7-0682)

This course will examine climate variations from the recent past and those projected to occur in the next century. We will explore potential causes of climate variability and change from the theoretical perspective of climate modeling and from empirical evidence preserved in the instrumental record. We will examine a range of spatial (global, continental, and regional scales) and temporal scales (interannual variability as well as longer-term changes). Specific topics will include: the climate system, radiative forcing, feedbacks and climate sensitivity, the recently observed temperature record, El Niño/Southern Oscillation, North Atlantic and Pacific decadal oscillations, seasonal to interannual forecasts, and decadal prediction. The course will involve a combination of lectures, student presentations, and interactive computer exercises involving computer model output and observed data sets. The final grade will be based on lecture exams, take-home exercises, and presentations.

GEOGRAPHY 590-001 BEACHES-DUNES INTERACTIONS

Cross-listed Course: MSCI 590-001

T TH 2:50pm-4:05pm CALLCOTT 101

Dr. Jean Taylor Ellis (7-1593)

The purpose of the course is for students to acquire an appreciation of the influence of wind on coastal systems. The course will be structured around the concept of beach-dune interactions. From a marine perspective, wind is the generating force of a majority of waves, especially those found along the South Carolina coast. Waves therefore influence seashore currents, sediment transport, and aquatic bedforms. Additionally, waves will influence beach swash dynamics and classifications. From a terrestrial perspective, wind drives aeolian transport processes, which in turn creates and modifies coastal dune systems. This course will investigate concepts from a field-based process geomorphology perspective, one that will also include time series analysis of data. Graduate students in GEOG or MSCI 590 will have additional assignments to earn graduate credit.

GEOGRAPHY 595-002: INTERNSHIP IN GEOGRAPHY

(*A Signed Internship Contract Required and Approved by the Instructor)

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688) CALLCOTT 226

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.

GEOGRAPHY 705 -- DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHY

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 706 -- SELECTED TOPICS IN CART/RS

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

Directed research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 721-001 Seminar in Systematic Geography

Cultural Geographies of  Belonging and Exclusion

W 2:00pm-4:30pm CALLCOTT 228

Dr. Amy Mills (7-5688)

This course introduces students to spatial ways of thinking about culture, including the interrelationships between power, meaning, and spatial practice. More specifically, we will examine the role of imagined, material, and social environments in processes of belonging and exclusion. We will investigate various theories and methods for studying race, gender, sexuality, class, origin, nationalism, and other aspects of identity as spatially contingent processes. The research we survey blends ideas from cultural studies and social theory with various conceptualizations of space, place, and landscape as structuring concepts for asking cultural geographic questions. The topical issues we examine will be diverse, including cultural memory, divided cities, ethnic nationalism, gender, sexuality and space, and cultural economy. By the end of this course, students will be able to evaluate and employ various conceptual approaches to the study of the spatial dimensions of power relations as they work through processes of meaning-making and cultural practice.

GEOGRAPHY 747-001 SEMINAR IN PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

F 9:30am–12:00pm CALLCOTT 112

Dr. John Kupfer (7-6739)

Investigation of physical systems and processes at the earth’s surface. Topics vary: landforms, hydrology, pedology, biogeography, quaternary science, human impacts on physical systems.  Contact the instructor for more information.

GEOGRAPHY 763-001 SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS

W 2:00pm-4:30pm CALLCOTT 112

Dr. Zhenlong Li (7-4590)

Massive volumes of geospatial data are being acquired at increasingly faster speeds from a variety of Earth observation platforms. These big geospatial data pose grand challenges for scientists in geography and other related geospatial domains, especially with regard to efficient data management, information extraction, spatial analysis and visualization. Focusing on the emerging geospatial cloud computing and cyberinfrastructure, this seminar is organized to capture and discuss the latest innovations and cutting-edge technologies in GIScience for tackling data- and computational-intensive geospatial problems.

Students are expected to have basic training in GIS. Please contact the instructor (zhenlong@mailbox.sc.edu) for more information.

Prerequisites: GEOG 563

GEOGRAPHY 799 -- THESIS PREPARATION

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor) Thesis Preparation research topics individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty.

Department Permission  

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127

GEOGRAPHY 805 -- DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDIES IN GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION PROCESSING

(Contract Required and Approved by Instructor)

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

Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127                                          

GEOGRAPHY 899 – DISSERTATION PREPARATION

(Approved by Instructor)

Dissertation Preparation research topic is individually assigned and supervised by graduate faculty. Department Permission

Contact the Geography Department for more information: 777-5234/CALLCOTT 127