S2: Second Semester
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Course Coordinator: Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett
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Teaching Fellow: Ben Varkalis
Geography is a unique bridging subject that considers relationships between people, places and the environment. GEOG102 introduces you to human geography which is the study of human activity within different spatial settings. The overarching theme of Human Geography at Otago is critical Geographies of Social Change. It is concerned with different patterns and processes in human behavior, meanings and interactions within social, economic, political and cultural environments, and focuses on human-spatial relations within different places at local, regional, national and global scales.
Human Geography as a discipline covers a wide field of study and is anchored on a number of key concepts which underlie the 4 modules which will be presented in this course. These key concepts are: space, place, mobility, scale and temporal change. These concepts are dealt with in a variety of different ways within Human Geography, but they include the following common understandings:
- Space: domains, settings or geographical areas of human interaction and activity
- Place: specific or distinctive sites of meaning and interactions, as understood both by the individuals and communities inhabiting those human places, and also by outsiders
- Mobility: the transfer of people, ideas and material goods between different spaces and places
- Scale: different geographical levels of our understanding of space and place – from individual bodies and personal location through household, village, city, country and continent to the level of the whole world. In geographic thought, the continuum from the ‘local’ to the ‘global’ is a common point of reference
- Temporal Change: the change in activities and places over time
An introduction to human geography which emphasises population, cultural and human behavioural issues, resource and economic development and settlement systems. Includes laboratory studies, tutorials and field work.
Human Geography is the study of human activity within different spatial settings.
It is concerned with different patterns and processes in human behaviour, meanings
and interaction within social, economic, political and cultural environments, and
focuses on human-spatial relations within different places at local, regional, national
and global scales.
Human Geography examines the crucial relationship between people and the environment thus offering students the skills, knowledge and values to work on many real world problems. The skills learnt in this course are those used by researchers and professionals in many disciplines.
|Paper title||Human Geography|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,038.45|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- Schedule C
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- Teaching staff
- Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Michelle
Teaching Fellow Ben Varkalis
- Paper Structure
- Lectures cover four modules:
- People, urbanisation and the economy
- People, cities and diversity
- People, power and territory
- People, the environment and development
- Teaching Arrangements
- Library Research Exercise = 5%
- Essay Preparations = 5%
- Essay = 15%
- Video Reflections = 10%
- Poster = 10%
- Evaluating Conflicting Arguments 5%
- Final Exam = 50%
- Text books are not required for this paper: a course reader can be purchased from the University copy shop or accessed from the Central Library.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication,
Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of this paper students should have:
- A good understanding of the content, key concepts and core sub-disciplines in contemporary Human Geography
- Be familiar with, and be able to apply, basic methods of study and techniques of analysis in Human Geography
- Be able to interact and communicate effectively as a member of a small group
- Be able to analyse critically and to communicate your analysis effectively, both orally and in writing
- Be well prepared to progress to second-year papers in Geography and to apply geographical perspectives in other subjects you may be studying