1101_SyllabusSp08_Rev2

1101_SyllabusSp08_Rev2 - Geography 1101 INTRODUCTION TO...

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Geography 1101 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY Spring 2008 T, R 12:30P - 1:45P, Room 200 B, GG Building Instructor: Georgeta Stoian Connor, 120-I GG Building. Tel: 542-2856 Email: gsconnor@uga.edu Office Hours: Thursday 1:45-2:45P or by appointment COURSE DESCRIPTION/OBJECTIVES In today’s world, places and regions are increasingly interconnected, experiencing rapid changes in economic, political, and cultural life. Since information and capital are more quickly diffused around the world, the relationships between people and the world they inhabit are more dynamic and complex. Not only are people instantly informed about events that occur anywhere in the world (e.g.: the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 12, 1989; the war in Kosovo in the late 1990s; the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on September 11, 2001; the current war in Iraq) but also they can experience different consequences of some events that take place thousands of miles away. Consider for example some prominent international achievements, disputes, and disasters that might have significant geographical dimensions and a profound spatial impact. The end of the Cold War, for example, has been followed not only by the expansion of the European Union to the East, but also by the liberalization of travel policies in Eastern Europe with significant consequences for both Western and Eastern European countries’ economies and security issues. International disputes may be the result of activities in one country impacting another. In this light, it is well known that an impressive amount of the acid deposition in the Scandinavian countries, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria is blown in from Western and Eastern Europe. Also, the dispute over the issue of acid rain between the U.S. and Canada has been a long standing. The radioactive pollution from the 1986 nuclear accident in Chernobyl drastically affected Ukraine and all the surrounding countries. Equally, the 2004 Indonesia mega-earthquake, followed by the immense tsunami waves, devastated thousands of miles of shores of the
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