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Systematic Human Geography Courses

GEOG-3413(3) URBAN REVITALIZTION: REBUILDING OF DECAYING CITIES (Le3) Issues surrounding growth and development have been replaced by concerns about decline and revitalization in many North American and European cities. This course will focus on urban decline and revitalization efforts. Theories of decline and the demographic, economic, and physical changes that occur in declining city neighbourhoods will be discussed. The course will then explore revitalization efforts, drawing extensively on case study material from selected cities as well as field and project work within Winnipeg. Broad approaches to revitalization, revitalizing the commercial sector, attracting people back to the inner city, leadership and the role of partnerhips, rejuvenating older, greying suburban neighbourhoods, and planning for long term sustainability will be among the topics discussed.
Prerequisites: GEOG-2415(3) or permission of instructor.

GEOG-3415(3) CONTESTED SPACES: A GEOGRAPHY OF PLACE (Le3) The "new cultural geography" stresses the relationship between space and culture, examining culture as it is constituted through space and as place. The course explores the struggles that make cultures and how they are worked out in particular spaces and places (i.e. landscapes). It also discusses spatial aspects of ideologies of race, the role of language and discourse in defining cultural spaces, the development and maintenance of subcultures, immigration as sources of tensions in the contemporary world, issues of gender, and the ways in which landscapes and places carry the physical and symbolic imprints of cultural wars.
Prerequisites: GEOG-1102(3) or GEOG-1103(3) or permission of instructor.

GEOG-3430(3) HOUSING AND NEIGHBOURHOOD (S3) This course examines the complexity of shelter environments within the urban landscape. The focus is on the North American housing market, the history of housing, and the way in which traditional and non-traditional markets are defined and understood. The unique characteristics of the modern city are examined as they are manifested in homelessness, marginal housing forms, shelter-induced poverty, suburban decline, and inner-city issues. Emphasis is also placed on current/historical policy and program responses to housing-related issues at the neighbourhood, municipal, provincial, and federal level.
Cross-listed:
UIC-3430(3)
Prerequisites: GEOG-1102(3) or UIC-1001(3).
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and UIC-3430.

GEOG-3431(3) HEALTH GEOGRAPHY (Le3) This course is an introduction to the sub-discipline of health geography designed to explore how the geographical focus on place contributes to a better understanding of health and well being. The course is structured to examine both ecological perspectives of the relationship between humans and disease, as well as how the social, built, and natural contexts of the environment in which we live have profound effects on health and health care. Concepts within health geography will be synthesized to consider its potential as an approach for health-related research. Additionally, the use of geographic techniques and tools are explored including mapping, spatial analysis and qualitative inquiry.
Prerequisites: GEOG-2431(3) or permission of the instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and GEOG-2418.

GEOG-3432(3) URBAN AND COMMUNITY PLANNING (Le2,S1) Urban planning is a process that has importance for the quality of life of those who live in inner-city and downtown neighbourhoods. According to Friedmann, planning is an interdisciplinary field that "links knowledge to action". This course examines traditions, theories and values in planning of civil society and community. Broad approaches to planning in Canada, the USA, and Britain, and specific processes and policies in Winnipeg, provide students with background on planning systems. The emphasis in this course is on practical knowledge and skills for community organizers.
Cross-listed: UIC-3030(3)
Prerequisites: UIC-1001 or UIC-2001 or UIC-2001(3) or GEOG-1103(3).
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and UIC-3030.

GEOG-3443(3) ADVANCED TOURISM & RECREATION GEOGRAPHY (S3) This course is based on a selection of advanced readings on topics and problems dealing with recreational and tourism behavior, the supply and demand for different types of recreational space and tourism facilities, and issues of sustainability. A research project may be required of each student..
Prerequisite: GEOG-2412(3), or GEOG-3411(3), or permission of the instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and GEOG 4407 I GEOG-4443.

GEOG-3445(3) POWER, KNOWLEDGE, GEOGRAPHY (S3) This course examines the power of geographical ideas in shaping social values and understandings. Seminars focus on analyzing spatial formations of various historical and contemporary topics such as colonialism, nationalism, warfare, popular culture, science, racism, surveillance, the body, genocide, the climate crisis, and fundamentalism. Students are asked to consider how 'the production of space' accompanies and influences the production of knowledge, revealing connections between geography and power.
Prerequisite: Any second year systematic human geography (GEOG-24XX) or regional geography (GEOG-25XX) or permission of the instructor.
Restrictions: Students may not hold credit for this course and GEOG 4415 I GEOG-4445.

 

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