Physical processes of atmosphere in relation to day-to-day changes in the weather. (3) (Same as Atmospheric Science 1050)
Introductory analysis for general education. Regional character, spatial relationships, major problems of Europe, North America (United States and Canada) and Latin America. Organized around basic concepts in the field of geography. (3)
Geog 1100: Regions and Nations (Western Hemisphere)
This section of Regions and Nations of the World course provides an introduction to the regional geography of the western hemisphere including North America, Latin America, and Europe. It consists of an introduction to regional analysis, thematically structured overviews of selected realms and regions in the western hemisphere, and geographic interpretations of contemporary social and environmental issues confronting the globe.
- Learn about the unique and diverse cultures, places, and peoples of the western hemisphere.
- Sharpen your understanding of the western hemisphere before traveling or studying abroad.
- Delve deeper into issues including climate change, sustainability, globalization, and geopolitical conflict in discussion sections.
Professor Hurt + Discussion Section
Meets Social Science Requirement for Gen Ed
Introductory analysis for general education. Regional character, spatial relationships, problems of environment and development of the former Soviet Union, Pacific World, South and East Asia, Africa and Middle East. Organized around basic concepts in the field of geography. May be taken independently of Geography 1100.
Examines human culture as a geographical element; the power of culture and human institutions in human-environmental interaction and the creation of agriculture, folk culture, popular culture, cities and a broad range of cultural landscapes. Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing. (3)
This course will explore the role of physical science, environmental politics and public policy in shaping contemporary debate concerning climate change, mitigation and adaptation strategies. (3)
Introduction to technologies used to map a changing world, with an emphasis on digital mapping explorations of human and environmental interactions on earth. Course includes lab and fieldwork to introduce geographic information data collection and analysis techniques. The course serves as a survey introduction to how geospatial technologies are used in human and environmental interactions on earth for many different fields, jobs and circumstances, such as: virtual globes, geographic information systems, global positioning satellites and remote sensing. (3)
Introduction to methods of map interpretation and geographic communication through maps. Primary Emphasis is on the development of skills in map analysis, with laboratory work and possible field analysis. Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing. (3)
Intensive examination of selected North American areas and distributions. Regional systems, problems and planning. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. (3)
Physical, human, economic, and political geography of Missouri; regions of the state. Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or junior standing. (3)
Survey of Europe's lands and peoples; emphasis on historical areal relationships as reflected in Europe's changing economic and political organization. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. (3)
Cultural, physical and economic geography of China, Japan and Korea, with emphasis on China. Landscape analysis, determination of regional identities, and study of political forces evident in the development of the contemporary scene are stressed. Prerequisite: Geography 1200. (3)
An introductory survey of the geography of Asia from India through Southeast Asia to China and Japan, emphasizing factors contributing to cultural similarities and variations, conflicts of interest, and current development. (3)
Focusing on towns and communities and their regional history and cultural traditions, we will examine the issues and concerns of small town America in the context of recent hardships and adverse economic trends. Examples of topics to be covered include case studies of communities such as Marceline, Missouri (Walt Disney's boyhood home), race and the immigration of non-whites in to rural areas; gender roles in small communities, the role of religion in small-town identity formation, and other current issues faced by "middle America". The responsiveness of government, large corporations, and institutions to the problems of diverse communities will be critically examined, with a multidisciplinary approach that will draw on key theories and works in the disciplines of sociology, rural sociology, community development, and geography.
This course examines the forces of globalization that are transforming our world, and explores the various responses - psychological, social and political -- that people have been making over the past fifty years. Part I examines globalization as an economic and geographical process, generating huge social consequences, with rapid growth, population movements, political change and a vast gap between global wealth and poverty. Part II focuses on the ways in which individuals are now seeking to find themselves in this globalizing world. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which national identity, faith, gender and sexuality are emerging as key loci around which contemporary people (especially young people) are trying to forge new social identities for themselves. The course will conclude by examining the recently emerging (and highly contested) concept of 'global citizenship'.
Physical environment and culture in the regional development of South America. Prerequisite: one course in geography or instructor's consent. (3)
A regional survey of Africa south of the Sahara Desert with an emphasis on the geographical dimensions involved in pressing social and environmental issues such as economic development, environmental change, political administration of space, and cultural self-determination. (3)
Examination of the interacting natural systems that comprise the Earth's physical environment, including the atmosphere, biosphere, and landforms. Focus on relating fundamental physical, chemical and ecological processes to the global geographic patterns they produce. Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200 or sophomore standing.
Area: Human and Physical
Historical perspectives on the human agency in transforming the earth, with emphasis on international environmental problems. Topics include basic biogeography; environmental impacts of population growth, underdevelopment and overdevelopment; and new approaches to managements of global resources. Prerequisite: Geography 1100 or 1200. (3)
Geographical location and organization of world's major economic activities. Emphasizes agricultural and industrial patterns, commodity flows, transport networks, geographical principles of market and industrial location, internal spatial organization of cities, land-use models, geographic aspects of economic growth. (3)
Study of cities: origin, development, distribution, social, economic, and demographic significance. Consideration of theories of structure, urban hierarchies, and land use planning. Prerequisites: Geography 1100, 1200 and two other geography courses, or instructor's consent. (3)
Introduces theory, concepts and techniques related to the creation, manipulation, processing, and basic analysis of spatial data using GIS. Data management, current data models, GIS applications and course topics are reinforced through hands-on computer laboratory exercises. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing; instructor consent required. (3)
Physical environment and culture in the regional development of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. Prerequisite: one course in geography or instructor's consent. (3)
Physical, cultural, historical and regional geography of Southeast Asia, with an introduction to East Asian geography. Emphasizes the problems of tradition and development. (3)
Cultural, physical and historical geography of the Middle East, with emphasis on cultural adaptations to environments and conflicts over the resources.
Topical and regional analysis of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Historical development of distinctive cultural regions. Relations with neighboring areas. Impact of Westernization of economic activities, settlements, population. (3)
Geographic analysis of social, economic and political issues confronting Russia and the NIS, including environmental problems, economic interdependence and prospects for regional economic development, population change and migration, inter-ethnic relations and ethno-territorial conflict. (3)
Independent investigation leading to a paper or project. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Instructor's consent. (1-3)