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Geography

Geography 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 local.

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

This course 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

This course 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

The 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 be discussed.

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

This course 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

This course 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.

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