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Systematic Human Geography Courses

GEOG-2416(3) SEX, GENDER, SPACE AND PLACE (Le3) This course examines, from interdisciplinary perspectives, relationships among sex, gender, space and place in social-ecological systems. It specifically examines how sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other aspects of identity affect the transformation of space into place in social-ecological systems. Drawing on perspectives from environmental studies, geography and women's studies, selected relevant topics considered may include environmental justice, ecofeminism, the cultural politics and political geography of sex and sexual identities, the gendering and sexing of city landscapes, architecture and natural areas, notions of public and private space, and the space/place in the socio-cultural construction of femininities and masculinities.
Cross-listed: ENV-2416(3) and WGS-2416(3).
Prerequisite: GEOG-1102(3) and GEOG-1103(3), or ENV-1600(3), WGS-1232(6) or permission of instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this curse and ENV-2416 I WGS-2416.

GEOG-2417(3) AN INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY (Le3) This course is designed to introduce the student to the basic principles of economic geography. The course is divided into two main topic areas. The first is an introduction to location theory, and the second introduces regional economic development. In essence, location theory attempts to determine why economic activities are located where they are or why they should be located in one place as opposed to another. It looks at all types of economic activity, including agriculture, manufacturing, and retail. The second topic, examining economic develoment and trade, seeks o explain why some regions prosper while others do not.It also examines strategies thatwill enable aregion to enhance its economic development potential and explains patterns of trade.
Prerequisite: GEOG-1103(3) or permission of instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not receive credit for both GEOG-2417(3) and the former GEOG-2409(6).

GEOG-2419(3) RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT AND THE CANADIAN ENVIRONMENT (Le3) This course examines the changing dynamics of natural resource development. In discussing different resources, including energy, extrative and consumptive industries, the course contrasts historic and modern approaches to development. Particular attention is given to the environmental consequences of primary resource production, as well as the role that these industries play in modern Canadian society.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1102 or ENV-1600 or permission of the instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and GEOG-2409.

GEOG-2431(3) POPULATION GEOGRAPHY (Le3) This course examines the history of the growth of the world's population and the present-day crises inherent in both the numbers and distribution of the global totals. Special attention is paid to the problems of defining such terms as "over-population", and to the lack of correlation between population, resources, and technology.
Prerequisite: GEOG-1103(3) or permission of instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and GEOG-3401.

GEOG-3402(3) URBANIZATION IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD (Le3) The process of urbanization is now a developing, as opposed to a developed, world phenomenon. This course will explore the factors promoting urbanization in the developing world and discuss models of third world cities. The emphasis will be on problems facing the cities and the solutions that have been attempted. Specific topics will include urban growth and management, urban services, squatter settlements, the housing market, survival tactics of the urban poor, urban government, and the function of the city in the developing world.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1103(3) or GEOG-2415(3) or permisssion of instructor.

GEOG-3408(3) WATER RESOURCES (Le3,) The following are just some of the topics developed: the Columbia River Treaty, the Churchill Diversion, is Canada's water for sale? In predicting future Canadian needs for water, the relative merits of direct and indirect methods of forecasting are assessed. Analytical techniques such as economic base, input-output, and cost-benefit are fully developed.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1102(3) or permission of instructor.

GEOG-3411(3) HERITAGE CONSERVATION AND TOURISM (Le3) Tourism is the world's largest growth industry, with cultural tourism being its most rapidly growing sector. Cultural tourism is highly dependent on the development, interpretation, and marketing of a region's heritage resources (i.e., its folk arts, historic sites, architecture and rural and urban landscapes). This course examines the nature of heritage resources and reviews the processes of their identification and the strategies for their development. Preservation, interpretation and management techniques and their relationship to the needs of the tourist industry will be discussed. The emphasis of the course will be on the problems of heritage resource development in North America, particularily in western Canada.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1102(3) and GEOG-1103(3), permission of instructor.

 

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