INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
T, R 12:30P - 1:45P, Room 200 B, GG Building
Instructor: Georgeta Stoian Connor, 120-I GG Building.
Office Hours: Thursday 1:45-2:45P
or by appointment
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.
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