at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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GPHY 101/3.0 - Introduction to Human Geography

Instructor: Dr. Mary Beth Kitzel

Geography is both science and art. - H.C. Darby, 1962

Geography is the study of earth as the home of people. - Yi-Fu Tuan, 1991

Human Geography is so much more than just maps and encyclopaedias. This introductory course provides a survey of the history, traditions and approaches to the discipline. It will explore a range of thematic concerns and debates that have shaped contemporary human geography.  Through a combination of lectures, seminars and field studies, we will examine the different sub-disciplines in the field beginning with the deceptively simple concepts of space and place, both of which can be seen as constructed and contingent. Readings will be based on a foundational text and recent research. An essential element of geographic study - experiential learning - occurs in the form of field studies. In addition to our London and locally-based outings, we will also utilise the Castle’s grounds and surrounding area to reinforce concepts introduced in the classroom. Former students have commented that this course helped them to understand the interconnectivity of their university studies. Evaluation is based upon an essay, learning journals, and an exam. The student’s active engagement and participation is necessary and will also be evaluated. A sense of curiosity and wonder is a must as we explore the complicated nature of our world.