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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Cultural Geography 130 On-Line Chapter 1.1 Introduction to this course What is Geography? Expectations for Cultural Geography Tools for geographers Tips for students of this course What do you suppose the study of geography is all about? Space and the content of space. Places why things are where they are. So, how long do you think people have been interested in people in other places? Practically, as soon as man could write... The early Greeks coined the term Geography. Geography GEO = world GRAPHEIN = to write Ptolemy's map of the world, 2nd century a.d. For our purposes... Geography is the study of distributions and interactions (over the face of the planet.) It is also the study of places. Yet, nowadays, the study of geography has become increasingly specialized. Physical Geography ecological relationship between man and environment. (vegetation, landforms, and climate) Human Geography -other social sciences... (behavioral, political, and economic sciences) The primary tools of geographers... Maps General interest Specific - Thematic A general interest map may be topographic... Or political... Or both. Geographers may use maps to show very specific phenomena, such as vegetation... Landforms, Climates, Or demographics. Population distribution, U.S. The Book, by Fellmann, Getis & Getis (F.G.&G.) is written as an introduction to the many different sub-fields of Human or Cultural Geography. Throughout this course, we'll not only introduce Cultural Geography, but all the subdivisions of Human Geography... We'll explore all the different geographies... (and more) History, Sociology, and Cultures. In Chapters 1 & 2 we'll focus on Behavioral Geography. Chapter 3, we will look at With Chapter 4, we'll investigate population issues with Simon & Ehrlich, (Dodging Doomsday video now available online) demographic concepts and tools. ... but also we'll delve into all types of languages and religions. (Chapter 5) As a part of Social Geography, we will explore the worlds' major recurrent geographic theme. Spatial diffusion is a In Chapters 6 & 7, we'll briefly check out American Folk Cultures, but also the concepts Diversity and Globalism. through the Green Revolution; and livelihoods, in Chapters 8 & 9 will take us Economic Geography. In Chapter 10, we'll check out the latest in Development Issues, revisiting Cultural, Economic & Population Geography Chapter 11, will bring us around to Urban Geography... suburbanization and Smart Growth. By way of bullet trains, With Chapter 12, we will wrap up the course in Political Geography. I encourage students to watch certain videos, available online through the Power of Place series. It is this professor's belief, that after you leave this course, you will never see the world the same way. Our goals are to focus on: Basic geographic principles: Terms, theories, models. (So that you begin to think geographically.) Interesting facts, relevant to our lives, and the ways we interact in spatially. Carefully read the assigned chapters in the text book (approximately one per week). Beforehand, or afterward, you may want to open the Powerpoint Geo Slideshows available to you. There are typically 2 3 per chapter. As you take full advantage of the PowerPoint "lectures." You can even make some notes... Just jot down the main ideas (usually in colored text or italics.) To study, look for these ideas later in the text book. Pay attention to the key words and questions at the end of each chapter. (Perhaps even preview them before you read the chapter!) Keep up with the discussion boards. Although it is a cyber environment, your inputs can be very stimulating to your "class's" geographic learning. Meanwhile, gain valuable points toward your grade. (Post 4 times on different days each forum.) Don't neglect the short homework assignments. Follow directions. Refer to the grading rubric, on the syllabus. Take time to organize your ideas for the exams. Exams will be open book, fill in the bubble, and completely on-line. However, it always feels better to prepare. Don't be shy. Don't drop out. Your "attendance" by way of your on-line inputs are important to the whole "class." It keeps things interesting for all! So, let's get started! We'll begin reading, note-taking, and discussing... That's the easiest and the most painless way I know get a good grade and learn geography. ...
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