Human Geography-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS05 10008 LE39 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For all majors
Language English Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name BAARS, ROGER CLOUD (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The course investigates the spatial organisation of human action and the relationships between society and environment and offers a critical exploration of the interactions between people, place and space through the core themes of globalisation, development, urbanisation, diversity and inequality. The course explores the ways in which both local and global forces continuously shape socio-cultural and economic landscapes.
Course Goals The course equips students with basic concepts in human geography required to understand, interpret and synthesise information on the world around us. Students develop the ability to use geography and spatial perspectives to think creatively and critically about human interactions with the environment.
Schedule and Contents 1: What is Human Geography? A Brief Course Overview
2: Past Worlds and the Rise of Capitalism
3: Populations and Demographic Change
4: Resources, Development, and the Environment
5: Global Differences and Inequality
6: Urban and Rural Geographies
7: Geography, Culture, and Global Change
8: Global Production and Consumption
9: Food Production and Service Economies
10: Geographies of Money, Finance, and Crisis
11: Political Geographies of Territory
12: Nation-states and Citizenship
13: Final Presentations I
14: Final Presentations II
15: Feedback

Total: 14 classes and 1 feedback session
The course schedule might change
Evaluation Methods and Policy 50% Photo Essay (1500 words), 50% Group Presentation (15-20 min)
Course Requirements You are curious to explore the value of human geography in understanding the world around you.
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Students are expected to actively participate in each class. This includes the discussion of contemporary topics in small groups and writing up brief summaries of findings (worksheet). Preparatory materials include academic readings, news pieces and online media materials.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Required readings and materials will be distributed via PandA.