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Unformatted text preview: Geography 111: Human Geography Office Hours MR. JEFF DEGRAVE 140 Phillips Hall 12:00-1:00 M 1:00-2:00 T, R -OR- by appointment Tel: 836-4471 Email: degravjr@uwec.edu Web: http://people.uwec.edu/degravjr/Geography111.htm Syllabus Available on-line at: http://people.uwec.edu/degravjr/Geography111.htm My Philosophy Your Education = Your Job Who am I ? Born in Green Bay Green Bay is the largest Belgian immigrant settlement in the United States Famous Belgians: Curly Lambeau Gerardus Mercator (???) Justine Henin-Hardenne (#1 ranked tennis player) Kim Clijsters (#5 ranked tennis player) Jacques Rogge: Head of the IOC Liz Claiborne Jean-Claude Van Damme Dr. Evil of "Austin Powers" Graduated High School in Toledo, Ohio Eau Claire Toledo Undergraduate: Ohio University (Athens, OH) Graduate: Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL) Things I like: Dark Chocolate Unique Architecture Old Stuff Traveling Cultures of the World Things I DO NOT like: Hot Dogs Baloney CHEATING! What is cheating? Referred to as "Academic Misconduct" Comes in a wide variety of forms, techniques, definitions--see syllabus What is "plagiarism?" Cutting and pasting information off the Internet without citing your source IS plagiarism! Questions? What do you need to know this semester? Only what was placed by humans on planet Earth. Things we'll learn about this semester... How to read a map Globalization and World Economics Nations and States Languages of the world Religions of the world Immigration and Ethnicity Colonization and Political Geography Geography of Food and Agriculture And so much more! But what do you know already? What country is home to the most Muslims? What is the largest immigrant group in the U.S.? What is the most widely spoken language in the world? Second to oil, what is the world's largest traded commodity? What is the only OPEC country in the Western Hemisphere? What is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world? Second to Warsaw, Poland, what city has the highest population of Polish ancestry? What is the oldest European city in the Americas? What country has the largest English speaking population? What is the smallest (in square miles) country on Earth? Getting Started: The Basics Geography = Fun! What IS Geography? ("geo" = earth "graphien" = to write) "Writing of the Earth" Just memorizing place names and boundaries? (No! You need to learn their spatial context) Only where things and people are located? (No! You need basic descriptive background) Geography: It's all relative. Geography is a SYNTHESIS of many fields of study Computer Science Anthropology Ethnic Studies GEOGRAPHY Archaeology Statistics Sociology Demography Political Science Hydrology Geology History Women's Studies Geography is about... Where things and people are: Spatially Relatively Why things and people are where they are. What the relationship or interaction is between people, things and place. Does Geography Matter? NEW ORLEANS MISSISSIPPI Most of New Orleans lies below sea level French Quarter th 9 Ward Most of Mississippi does not lie below sea level When the levee system protecting New Orleans failed, water flowed into the city, filling it up. It could not drain out without the assistance of pumps because the city is below sea level. Cities in Mississippi, although many completely destroyed, have had fewer rebuilding issues because their land is largely above sea level and therefore poses less risk in the future However, if areas such as the 9th Ward in New Orleans are rebuilt, they will flood again since they are below sea level. To build or not to rebuild? People's lives, homes, families, histories Economics: Repairs, Protection Future Risk CONCLUSION: Geography Matters! Fields of Geography Human (or Cultural) Geography Physical Geography Geography crosses the human-nature border Geography compares different places... Eau Claire sur-la-Chippewa Paris-sur-la-Seine Geography compares different SCAL ES The Shifting Center of the United States Population, 1790 - 1990 Geography studies anything related to PLACE If you can map it, it's geography. (Map of plant seed varieties by region) Even dorkbots. ...
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