is the science that seeks to understand the human and
natural phenomena of the Earth. Geographers
interpret and explain spatial variations between one
location and another at all scales from the global to the
At John Abbott College, Geography is a discipline offering courses in the Social Science and Liberal Arts Programs as well as Complementary courses to students in other programs.
Geography Courses at John Abbott College
Introduction to Geography 320-100-AB
introduces students to the main concepts, themes and
methods of geography. It looks at the major
subdisciplines of human and physical geography,
including population, cultural and urban geography,
climate, earth and water resources, as well as how maps
can convey geographical information. The relationship
between humans and their environments is stressed
throughout the course. This course is a prerequisite for
all 200-level Geography courses.
Geography of Tourism 320-256-AB
familiarizes students with the geography of travel and
tourism. Its main objective is to examine how, why and
when people travel and to understand the international,
regional and local impacts of tourism. Particular
attention is given to the development of tourism as it
depends upon and impacts on a region's physical,
economic and cultural environment. The course also
examines the main types of tourism including ecotourism.
For their research projects, students have the
opportunity to explore one country in detail and to
design a three week tour.
The Middle East: A Regional Geography 320-257-AB
The course presents
students with an overview of the regional geography of
the “Middle East”. The region’s physical environment
is discussed, followed by a survey of the human
geography of the region. In the second half of the
course, case studies of different issues are
presented, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, Islamic
fundamentalism, and resource conflicts over water and
oil. An emphasis is placed throughout the course on
the cultural, economic, geopolitical, and
environmental roots of the issues presented.
Geography of the World Economy 320-258-AB
objective of this course is to place the subject of
economic geography within the framework of world
events and to illustrate the growing interdependence
among regions with respect to economic theory,
development and trade. The roots of the disparities
that exist at the world scale will be examined as well
as their impact on future economic development.
Alternatives to the present world economic system will
Geographical Information Systems 320-259-AB
Take a new view of the
world with the aid of one of the fastest growing
computer technologies – Geographic Information Systems
(GIS)! Students will build on the skills introduced in
their Introduction to Geography course, and use state
of the art GIS software to explore a variety of
current issues in Geography and the Social Sciences.
Through extensive use of computer labs and a
cooperative learning environment, students will gain
valuable skills that can be employed in all of their
courses across the academic curriculum. Please note:
Extensive computer skills are not required in order to
be successful in this course.
Cities and Urbanization 320-260-AB
explores the urbanization process and its role in
producing geographical differences among cities around
the world. World urbanization patterns and the
historical development of different types of cities are
used to highlight a range of contemporary urban problems
and planning issues, including social inequality, the
provision of housing and employment, transportation
planning and environmental concerns.
A Global Crisis? 320-261-AB
The aim of this course
is to help students formulate their positions on
globalization, poverty and development, arguably
some of the most important processes in the modern
world. The course will begin with an analysis of
poverty and how it is defined. The focus will then
shift to a discussion of specific issues and the
application of geographical techniques in the study
of globalization, poverty and development; topics
include: defining globalization, the major players,
population and gender, the roots of hunger, and
poverty and the environment.
Environmental Geography 320-262-AB
provides students with the opportunity to analyze and
apply the concepts and theories of environmental
geography to case studies such as water resources, smog
and acid rain. A simulation of an International Panel on
Climate Change (IPCC) conference where students assume
the roles of different participants (countries,
nongovernmental organizations, scientists, and sceptics)
is the major focus of the second half of this course.
Peoples, Places, Nations 320-263-AB
This course challenges students to analyze and apply concepts related to the study of cultural, social and political geographies. It examines the interplay between place, space and identities in the formation of social, cultural and political territories and the resulting conflicts between groups. The major themes in the course include: landscape and the environment, the geographies of language and religion, global and local cultures, community and territoriality, state and sub-state nationalism, and inter-ethnic conflict.