110. Cultural Geography (Crane)
Cultural differences, and ways of understanding cultural difference, in a global context are examined. After an introduction to key moments in the recent history of the discipline (Cultural Geography), students develop a geographical perspective on: (1) the relationship between culture and politics; (2) the relationship between culture and economic development; and (3) the relationship between culture and nature. Students explore these themes through lecture and discussion copiously illustrated with maps, slides, and videos; short writing projects; the analysis of maps and visual representations of cultural difference; and the reading of specialized materials. No prerequisites; freshmen & sophomores only; diversity course.
111. Physical Geography (Amador)
Developing an understanding of the physical world around us is the primary course objective. A systems approach is used to understand how landscapes are built up (tectonics) and how they are rearranged through weathering, stream transport, and glacial movement. The processes responsible for the patterns that we see (e.g., why mountain ranges are where they are, why the Midwest is flat) are discussed. Readings, lectures, and discussions are used to do this. Additional weekly exercises allow the students to have interactive (e.g., Google Earth), hands-on experiences that reinforce the concepts learned in the course. No prerequisites; freshmen & sophomores only.
200.1. Geographic Analysis of Agriculture Production in Central Ohio (Staff)
In this five-week summer course we analyze different forms of agricultural production found in Central Ohio. Each week we engage with critical geographic readings concerning agricultural practices. We study sustainable agriculture, organic agriculture, agri-business, the relationship between the consumer and producer, and issues surrounding labor and agricultural production. Each week the class will visit a site of agricultural production related to the readings. No prerequisites.
222. The Power of Maps and GIS (Krygier)
Maps are essential tools for geographers and others who use spatial information and study spatial phenomena. Maps can be used to both explore and present data, and they play an important role in our society. This course is an introduction to maps and cartography, with an emphasis on how they relate to geographic information systems (GIS). Major topics include data sources, the map abstraction process, “map infrastructure” (scale, projections, reference systems, accuracy), map types, use, and interpretation. Course material covers technical and social issues as well as applications. The growing role of the World Wide Web (WWW) in providing data, maps, and GIS functions will be emphasized—with many WWW-based exercises integrated into the course. Geography 222 serves as an introduction to courses in cartography and geographic information systems (GIS). No prerequisites; open to all students.
235. Energy Resources (Staff)
Resource utilization and management, focusing on the Earth’s renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Each type of energy resource is analyzed and future use is postulated.
270. Cultural Geography of the Middle East (Staff)
This course focuses on the landscapes of he Middle East as they have been shaped by human occupancy. The course explores the many layers of civilization in the Middle East, including the enormous cultural and ethnic diversity of the region, the evolution of political states, the role of religion in politics and culture, the differing experiences of men and women, the social and environmental consequences of rapid urbanization and the growth of the tourism industry. Includes discussions of the physical environment and natural resource endowments of the region, especially water and oil. No prerequisites. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors only. No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, & seniors only; diversity course.
300.3. Geography, Globalization and Place: the Mexico-U.S. Border at Tijuana (Staff)
This course studies economic and cultural globalization from a geographical perspective using the Tijuana border region as a case study to understand how globalization produces and impacts regions. The border-crossing between Tijuana and San Diego is the busiest in the world with 41 million crossing a year. Tijuana sits at the meeting place between the global south and the global north, the first and the third worlds. It is a site of offshore assembly plants and a place of global cultural hybridism, indeed an ideal globalized laboratory. Tijuana provides an excellent microcosm to understand how cultural and economic globalization functions.
300.6. Remote Sensing of the Environment (Amador)
Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about a surface or an object without direct contact. Increasingly, remotely sensed imagery and data are being used in research and by the public (e.g., Google Earth). Course objectives include developing an understanding of fundamental photogrammetry and the physical properties of satellite and aircraft-derived imagery, and learning about how interdisciplinary problems may be solved using different remote sensing applications. We explore the use of the following types of data: aerial photography; multispectral, hyperspectral and thermal imaging; RADAR; and LIDAR. Geographical applications of remote sensing are emphasized. Sophomores, juniors and seniors. Freshman may be added with instructor permission.
330. Geography of Europe (Staff)
The cultural geography of Europe. Emphasis in the course is placed on the historical geography and evolution of Europe as a culture region, the development of European regional geographies (e.g. Mediterranean Europe, Eastern Europe); the growth and development of villages, towns, and cities throughout European history; the country and city architecture of Europe; and the growth and development of industrial, economic, and political regions and organizations (e.g., the Ruhr of Germany, the EEC, NATO, etc.).
332. Cultural Geography of the United States (Staff)
The cultural impress of man on the environment and regions of the U.S. Origin and diffusion of culture groups; population growth and dynamics; history and organization of resource development, settlement and land use. The cultural ecology of American society. The formation and development of regional cultural landscapes and economic regions, and the analysis of regional interaction, change, and disparity.
333. Latin American Geographies (Crane)
Developing an understanding of the region known as Latin America (i.e. Mexico, which is regionally classified as North America, Central America, South America, and the heterogeneous region of the Caribbean) from a geographic, post-colonial perspective is the objective of the course. Perceptions of the region from the inside, as well as how the region has been socially constructed from the outside, are focal points. Readings on and discussions of the construction of the region called Latin America from a cultural and political-economic perspective, and by following the themes of colonialism, imperialism, development and underdevelopment, globalization, neoliberalism, and the formation of post-neoliberal alternatives in the region are used. The chosen themes overlap; their overlap is examined in specific cases (e.g., how the deterioration of the agricultural sector has spurred large scale rural-to-urban migration; the rise and decline of regional economic alliances; memory practices in the wake of dictatorships; and contemporary student activism across the region). No prerequisites, open to all students.
334. Cultural Geography of Africa (Staff)
The human (cultural) geography of Africa. Origin and diffusion of cultural groups; resource development, settlement history, and land use. The cultural ecology and environmental impact of African peoples; colonial influence of economic and cultural change. Development of present cultural and economic activities of the various political divisions. Emphasis in the last third of the course focuses of problems of African development including Apartheid (S. Africa), agriculture, urbanization, and political economy.
345. Geographies of the Global Economy (Crane)
“Globalization,” which demands a thematic emphasis on how local economies relate to produce the global, and also how "the local" is entangled in "the global," is the starting point for the course. The building of great cities, the extraction of natural resources, the migration of people in search of economic opportunity, and the creation of vast networks (both physical and virtual) of communication and transportation are all examples of economic phenomena that shape and define landscapes of globalization. This course is an introduction to economic geography and spatial dimensions of economic change. During the semester, students examine how their world has given rise to and been shaped by economic forces. Issues and themes include: (1) the historical geography of capitalism; (2) spatial patterns of economic interaction, including directional flows of goods, labor, consumers, and firms; (3) forces and actors promoting global economic interconnectivity, including transnational corporations, trade routes, trading blocks, international financial institutions, and technologies that mitigate the economic impact of distance and borders; (4) geographies of development and underdevelopment, and shifting geographical patterns of wealth, poverty, and economic growth; and (5) social difference and issues of social justice as related to the global economy. No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, and seniors only; Diversity course.
347. Environmental Alteration (Amador)
Global environmental change is among the most important of issues in the next century. The primary objective of the course is to explore the relationship between the human and environmental systems – at local to global scales. In order to grasp the importance of global environmental change, students need to understand: (1) the importance of scale in order to differentiate behaviors that modify the landscape (i.e., an individual throwing trash versus tropical deforestation) and the impacts they have (i.e., local stream pollution versus variability in large-scale precipitation patterns); (2) data collection methods, data analysis and presentation of findings; (3) how research outcomes can affect local, positive changes to address negative local and global environmental degradation; and (4) the differential impacts of global environmental change by comparing various, worldwide locations, including differences between the Global South (e.g., Costa Rica) and Global North (e.g., the U.S.). No prerequisites; sophomores, juniors, & seniors only.
353. Cartography and GIS (Krygier)
Geography 353 reviews essential elements of cartographic design and visualization in the context of geographic information systems (GIS). The core of this course is the laboratory project: students will locate data on the world wide web (WWW), process the data so it can be mapped in ArcView (GIS and mapping software), and design and produce a series of maps based on the data. Students will learn to construct basic HTML pages, containing the project maps, which will be placed on the WWW at the end of the semester. Lab work is informed by lectures that focus on the concepts, frameworks, and technical issues of cartographic design and visualization. No prerequisites.
355. Geographic Information Systems (Krygier)
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are an integrative set of concepts and technologies, including data capture (scanning, digitizing, GPS), data analysis, and visualization/display/output (computer cartography). This course consists of an overview of the functions and use of GIS software and hardware. The focus of the course is a community or regional project where students will work with people outside of the University on a “real world” application of GIS. No prerequisites.
360. Environmental Geography Seminar (Krygier)
Environmental Geography, one of the most traditional components of the discipline of Geography, encompasses natural science, social science, and humanistic understandings of the Earth’s environment. Environmental Geographers study the complex relationships between humans and the natural environment over time and through space. Geography 360 is conducted as a seminar focused on social science and humanistic approaches to the environment. This course will provide a historical, geographical, and humanistic foundation for understanding the environment and the plethora of environmental issues that confront us at the beginning of this century. As a group, we will discuss current environmental issues and read and discuss a series of key books on the environment. Students will also examine a particular environmental topic in depth, culminating in a presentation and annotated bibliography of relevant sources at the end of the semester. No prerequisites; juniors, & seniors only.
370. The World’s Cities (Crane)
The development of cities and urban regions in global context is examined. Students examine urbanization processes, the historical development of cities, and the internal spatial interrelationships of urban functions and systems, through readings that synthesize cultural and political-economic perspectives on cities. The course also draws inspiration from cognate fields of study, including urban planning, architectural history, and urban cultural studies. Videos and other visual materials allow students to examine the relationship between representation, everyday practices, and identity formation. In addition to developing insights through discussion of case studies, theoretical literature, and visual material, students experiment with fieldwork in order to apply what they know and to develop their own urban-geographical analyses. Open to juniors and seniors only, or by permission of instructor.
375. Weather, Climate and Climate Change (Amador)
The primary objective of this course is to study our atmosphere by understanding its composition and the processes responsible for the observed daily fluctuations in weather (e.g., warm and cold fronts, severe weather), along with the multi-decadal controls on climate, including climate change. No prerequisites; juniors, & seniors only.
380. Contemporary American Landscape Problems (Staff)
Examination and analysis of processes and mechanisms leading to the recent and current changes in the spatial and historical organization of natural, regional, and local cultural landscapes of the U.S. Emphasis is on current land use and development problems facing America, especially in urban areas. Several field trips are taken. Students develop mapping, observational, and analytic techniques in the field. Students complete several short research papers and a term project. Course is required of all geography majors. Prerequisite: minimum of three upper-level courses in geography or instructor consent.
400.1. The Role of the City in the History of Western Civilization (Staff)
An examination of the role of cities on shaping, guiding, and influencing the course of Western civilization. Urbanization has been a central aspect of the history of Western civilization since its beginnings more than 10,000 years ago, and cities for the most part have served as both the control points in which Western civilization was shaped and the control points from which Western civilization was diffused. Cities are Western civilization’s largest cultural artifact. The purpose of this course is twofold: 1) to understand the evolution of the role and purpose of cities in Western society; and 2) to understand the processes used by Western civilization to create and transform the physical fabric/structure - the morphology - of those cities. Prerequisite: honors course open to honors students only.
490. Independent Study (Staff)
Faculty supervised investigation of original research problem, including literature search, research, and final completed project (paper or documentation of project). Prerequisite: consent of instructor prior to registration.
491. Directed Readings (Staff)
Faculty supervised readings on focused geographic subject. Prerequisite: consent of instructor prior to registration.
495. Apprenticeship (Staff)
Description. Prerequisite: consent of instructor prior to registration.
499. Seminar in Geography (Staff)
A seminar course focused on a selected topic from cultural geography, physical geography, environmental geography, or mapping and Geographic Information Systems. The course is taught when there is sufficient faculty and student interest in a topic not covered in depth in any other Geography or Ohio Wesleyan course. Spring 2015: Campus Sustainability Plan.