Fall09_What_is_Geography

Fall09_What_is_Geography - Warming upReminiscences and all...

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Unformatted text preview: Warming upReminiscences and all !-Features of the earth, maps & diagrams, place names, unique features & locations, rivers & mountains, countries, political boundaries,.etc.  These are important but form only the necessary building blocks just likethe.Periodic...eh.. Table!..ha! ha..!  Ok, Kofi/coffee: we agree youre not memorizing these to get a PhD degree, so tell us what you people are about!..Hurry!. 1 Geography may be defined as the science that studies the relationships among geographic areas , natural systems , society , cultural activities and the interdependence of all these over space . (Christopherson, 1994:4)  The nuts and boltsScience? Relationships? Interdependence? Space?  Watch! Geographic areas?, natural systems?, society? Cultural activities? Oh, but .  The Spatial Analysis m ethod makes geography distinct as a discipline 2 Difficult to have one, all-encompassing definition partly due to the diversity of phenomena studied.  Emphasis on the Whole (the holistic view) rather than the sum of the parts.  Different philosophical approaches (Worldviews) are accommodated. 3 Positivism : Objectivity, measurable /quantifiable, modeling, hypothesis testing, mathematical and statistical methods, prediction, etc.  Humanistic : Subjectivity, human behavior not quantifiable, not predictable, unique individuals, etc....
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2010 for the course GEA 1000 taught by Professor Brempong during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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Fall09_What_is_Geography - Warming upReminiscences and all...

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