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Spring 2017

GEOG 111-01

Human Geography of Global Issues

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *First day attendance required*

This course is an introduction to the global perspectives, basic concepts and fundamental questions of geography. It focuses on the ways through which all places on Earth are interconnected and how the human use of Earth's surface varies over space. Major topics covered will be the human perception of earth space and the ways people give order to space; the growth and distribution of human population; the localization and spatial characteristics of patterns of settlement and land use; geopolitics and colonialism; environmental geography; the geography of economic development and modernization; principles of the analysis of spatial diffusion; spatial aspects of retail marketing; the geographic analysis of selected issues in industrialized societies such as gender issues, racism, poverty, sport, and religion. (4 credits)

GEOG 120-01

Environmental Geology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Kelly MacGregor

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 120-01 and GEOL 120-01*

The physical environment has begun to show signs of our earth's expanding population and the increasing need for natural resources. Geologic materials such as soil, water, and bedrock, and geologic processes such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, and running water often pose constraints on land use. This course is designed to introduce students to the relationship between humans and their geologic environment: the earth. We will focus on understanding the processes that shape the surface of the earth, and how these processes affect human activity. We will use current scientific methods to collect and analyze data. Topics include surface-water dynamics and flooding, groundwater and groundwater contamination, pollution and waste management, landslides, volcanic and earthquake hazards, and global climate change. Format: three hour block per week of local field excursions, lectures, and/or laboratory exercises; evaluation will be based on project reports and homework/classroom assignments, and one exam (final). Cross-listed with Geology 120 and Environmental Studies 120. (4 credits)

GEOG 120-L1

Environmental Geology Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 175
  • Instructor: Kelly MacGregor

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 120-L1 and GEOL 120-L1*

The physical environment has begun to show signs of our earth's expanding population and the increasing need for natural resources. Geologic materials such as soil, water, and bedrock, and geologic processes such as earthquakes, volcanic activity, and running water often pose constraints on land use. This course is designed to introduce students to the relationship between humans and their geologic environment: the earth. We will focus on understanding the processes that shape the surface of the earth, and how these processes affect human activity. We will use current scientific methods to collect and analyze data. Topics include surface-water dynamics and flooding, groundwater and groundwater contamination, pollution and waste management, landslides, volcanic and earthquake hazards, and global climate change. Format: three hour block per week of local field excursions, lectures, and/or laboratory exercises; evaluation will be based on project reports and homework/classroom assignments, and one exam (final). Cross-listed with Geology 120 and Environmental Studies 120. (4 credits)

GEOG 225-01

Intro to Geog Info Systems

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-02

Intro to Geog Info Systems

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Kelsey McDonald

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-L1

Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-L2

Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-12:20 pm
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-L3

Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 232-01

People, Agriculture and the Environment

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 232-01;first day attendance required*

This course introduces you to the study of human-environment interactions from a geographic perspective, with a special emphasis on the role of humans in changing the face of the earth and how, in turn, this changing environment influences humans. The course will examine environmental issues in a variety of geographic contexts (developed and developing countries) and the connections between environmental problems in different locations. Students will explore the fundamentals of environmental science, economics, cultural and political ecology, as well as a number of sectoral issues related to human population growth, agriculture, water resources, biodiversity, forest resources, energy use, climate change, and environmental health. (4 credits)

GEOG 248-01

The Political Geography of Nations and Nationalism

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 06A
  • Instructor: Daniel Trudeau

Notes: *First day attendance required*

This course investigates how nations and nationalism affect social identity and the organization of territory in our world. Political geography offers concepts and approaches to help us think through the complex intersections of people, place, and politics that constitute the struggle to create and maintain nation-states. Thus the first part of the course is devoted to enhancing your understanding of core concepts, such as nation, state, territory, sovereignty, scale, borders, and geographical imagination. The ultimate purpose of this first part of the course then is to assemble a framework for understanding why our contemporary organization of territory throughout the world looks the way it does. Equipped with these foundations, we explore topics in the second part of class that help you think critically about the stability of nations and the organization of territory into the nation-state system as well as challenges to these institutions. Toward this end, you will also conduct an independent research project on a single group's attempt to create a nation-state. Throughout the course, we will bring our investigations to bear on everyday life, exploring how nations and nationalism shape our world in dramatic and mundane ways. (4 credits)

GEOG 249-01

Regional Geog of Latin America

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: CARN 05
  • Instructor: Eric Carter

Notes: *Cross-listed with LATI 249-01*

This course explores one of the world's most vibrant regions, Latin America. Extending from the Rio Grande to Tierra del Fuego, this world region stretches across diverse landscapes, from tropical rainforests to the snowcapped peaks of the Andes, from mega-cities to empty deserts and plains. This variety of environments fosters great cultural diversity, as well: although the nations of Latin America share similar historical roots, each one has its own character and its own complex geography. This course explores the geography of Latin America through a combination of thematic and regional approaches. Major topics include physical geography and the natural environment; pre-Columbian, colonial, and modern history; race and identity; urbanism; agriculture and land use; major environmental problems; economy and development; international migration; Latino culture and identity in the U.S.; and the economic and cultural impacts of globalization. Along with such general themes, we will also examine the cultural geography of specific core regions, including The Caribbean, Mexico, Brazil, the Andean Countries, and the Argentine Pampas. Through projects that explore different elements of Latin America's cultural geography, students will get a close-up perspective on the region. (4 credits) Course cross-listed with Latin American Studies 249

GEOG 256-01

Medical Geography: The Geography of Health and Health Care

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Eric Carter

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course examines the geographical dimensions of health and disease, including global and domestic public health issues. Key approaches and themes include the human ecology approach to health; epidemiological mapping and spatial analysis; environmental health, including the environmental causes of cancer; the relationship among demographic change, economic development, and population health; the political economy of non-communicable health problems, such as lead poisoning and the "obesity epidemic"; the spatial diffusion of infectious diseases; the disease ecology approach to infectious and vector-borne diseases, e.g. malaria, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease; and the challenges of "global health" in the 21st century, with special emphasis on "emerging infectious diseases," such as HIV/AIDS, SARS, and Avian influenza. (4 credits)

GEOG 263-01

Geography of Development and Underdevelopment

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 304
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *First day attendance required*

This course introduces students to the geographic study of development around the world, with a particular emphasis on the Global South. The geographic approach emphasizes: the highly uneven nature of development; processes that link and differentiate various areas of the world; connections between development and the natural resource base; and the power relations inherent in development discourse. The course has three main sections: an introduction to development theory; an investigation of various development themes; and an intense exploration of what works and what doesn't in development practice. While much of the development literature has focused on failure, a specific aim of this course will be to uncover and interrogate success stories. (4 credits)

GEOG 294-01

Introduction to Urban Ecology

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 304
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes:

GEOG 341-01

City Life: Segregation, Integration, and Gentrification

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 05
  • Instructor: Daniel Trudeau

Notes: *Cross-listed with AMST 341-01*

Urban social geography is the study of social and spatial dimensions of city life. In this course, we will explore some of the ways in which urban society is organized geographically. We will also consider how the spatial patterns of urban life influence public policy issues in the American context. Topics covered in this course include causes of racial segregation, debates about gentrification, sustainable suburban development, the transition from government to governance in cities, and the delivery of urban services that affect the education, health and economic welfare of urban populations. Students will learn current research, engage debates about critical urban issues, and learn techniques useful for analyzing spatial patterns in the urban landscape. (4 credits)


GEOG 365-01

Urban GIS

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Laura Smith

Notes: *Permission of instructor required*

This course allows students to participate in a “real world” application of their GIS knowledge and skills in a collaborative research project setting. Project focus is on urban GIS and questions developed by and for neighborhoods and other community research organizations. Content of the course includes development of the research project, acquisition and utilization of data used in urban analysis, data manipulation and analytical techniques unique to urban GIS, and geographical data visualization. Laboratory work is required. (4 credits)

GEOG 365-L1

Urban GIS Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: This course allows students to participate in a “real world” application of their GIS knowledge and skills in a collaborative research project setting. Project focus is on urban GIS and questions developed by and for neighborhoods and other community research organizations. Content of the course includes development of the research project, acquisition and utilization of data used in urban analysis, data manipulation and analytical techniques unique to urban GIS, and geographical data visualization. Laboratory work is required. (4 credits)

GEOG 375-01

Rural Landscapes and Livelihoods

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 375-01; first day attendance required*

This course introduces students to Rural Geography, a sub-discipline within Geography. Using a sustainable development framework this course emphasizes the linkages between human and physical landscapes through the evaluation of landuse and community change in rural areas throughout the US. We will explore the implications of demographic (including migration and immigration), economic, cultural, and environmental changes for rural environs using several case studies from across the US and Western Europe, including an overnight field trip to northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Rural community strategies for adapting to and accommodating competing demands for water and landuse will be considered, including pressure for new housing developments, recreation opportunities (boating, fishing, hiking, biking), and conservation needs. Students will be exposed to theoretical and empirical approaches to rural development in different regional contexts, as well as problems associated with these development paradigms. We will explore the rapidly changing rural environments in a developed world context in order to deepen our understanding of the interconnectedness of human and physical systems more broadly. (4 Credits)

GEOG 378-01

Statistical Research Methods in Geography

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Laura Smith

Notes: This course focuses on the statistical methods that geographers use to describe and analyze places and themes. Students will learn both descriptive and inferential statistical methods for use in geographical research, including exploratory data analysis techniques, spatial statistics, geographic sampling, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. The course provides students with experience in the application of statistical methods to spatial problems through the use of statistical software. Students will also learn to evaluate and develop statistical research designs, including preparation and presentation of an original research project. (4 credits)

GEOG 394-01

Asian Cities

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: MAIN 009
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes: *Cross-listed with ASIA 394-01; first day attendance required*


GEOG 475-01

Medical Geography Seminar

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Eric Carter

Notes: A research seminar in which students conduct individual inquiry into problems in medical geography. Also knows as health geography, this is a growing subdiscipline in geography that stands out for its theoretical debates, methodological diversity, and engagement with other disciplines from the natural and social sciences (e.g. biology, biomedicine, ecology, epidemiology, sociology, economics, anthropology, critical theory), while always grounded in the traditions of geographical inquiry. Topics and approaches to be covered include historical paradigms in medical geographic thought; international health and development; disease ecology; emerging infectious diseases; the social determinants of health; place or neighborhood effects; environmental justice; spatial epidemiology; and critical approaches to health, the body, and power. Since this is a seminar course we will also emphasize developing your skills in scholarly research and writing, as well as learning how to evaluate and integrate insights from different disciplines. Note: completion of Geography 256 prior to registering for this seminar is highly encouraged. (4 credits.)

GEOG 494-01

Global Urbanism

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: CARN 305
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes: The 21st century is an urban century. Half of the world’s population now lives in cities, with the most rapid growth happening in the developing world. The globalized urban processes compel us to rethink existing urban theories as well as the very definition of the city. In this seminar, we will explore three strands of scholarly works that expand our knowledge about contemporary global urbanism. The first focuses on the scholarship of neoliberal urbanism, which prioritizes North American and Western European urban experiences and shapes the mainstream thinking of cities. The second consists of on-the-ground variegated contestations, which reveal diverse urban living experiences and propose alternatives to the capitalist urbanization process. Finally, there is the scholarship challenging mainstream urban theories with a different epistemological stance, seeking to re-conceptualize urbanization from the global South. In addition to studying these important ways of thinking about global urbanism, students will conduct individual research projects to develop deeper and more concrete understanding of the contemporary urbanization processes. Note: completion of GEOG 241, 261 or 294 (Asian Cities) prior to registering for this seminar is highly encouraged.

Fall 2016

GEOG 111-01

Human Geography of Global Issues

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: David Lanegran

Notes: *First day attendance required*

This course is an introduction to the global perspectives, basic concepts and fundamental questions of geography. It focuses on the ways through which all places on Earth are interconnected and how the human use of Earth's surface varies over space. Major topics covered will be the human perception of earth space and the ways people give order to space; the growth and distribution of human population; the localization and spatial characteristics of patterns of settlement and land use; geopolitics and colonialism; environmental geography; the geography of economic development and modernization; principles of the analysis of spatial diffusion; spatial aspects of retail marketing; the geographic analysis of selected issues in industrialized societies such as gender issues, racism, poverty, sport, and religion. (4 credits)

GEOG 225-01

Intro to Geog Info Systems

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-02

Intro to Geog Info Systems

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Kelsey McDonald

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-L1

Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-L2

Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-12:20 pm
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 225-L3

Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course provides an introduction to cartography, visualization, and analyses of geospatial data, as well as hands-on experience in a lab with a powerful computer information system. Students will learn the basics of mapping/cartography (e.g. scale, projections, map design) and Geographic Information Systems. Students will create maps with commonly used digital data (e.g., aerial photographs, census boundaries, digital elevation models, etc.), and master basic methods of spatial analyses. Both concepts and techniques will be taught in this course. Hands-on assignments include classification of demographic data and query/analysis of vector and raster data. One and one half laboratory hours per week required.

GEOG 241-01

Urban Geography

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 06A
  • Instructor: Daniel Trudeau

Notes: This course seeks to explain the evolving pattern of cities across the earth in terms of the distribution and movement of resources and people. In addition, a careful analysis of the development and internal spatial structure of North American cities will be carried out. Much class time will be spent on discussion of contemporary urban problems such as segregation, unequal investment, and control of public space as well as attempts at their solution. We make extensive use of the Twin Cities as a case study. Field work required. (4 credits)

GEOG 241-02

Urban Geography

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Daniel Trudeau

Notes: *First Year Course only; first day attendance required* This course introduces you to urban geography, a discipline focused on understanding urbanization and its influence on society. We will also draw on perspectives from history, political science, and sociology to examine how the built environment of cities are shaped by human activity and how, in turn, urban life is shaped by the built environment. This course will have a special emphasis on exploring the history, geography, economics and politics of St. Paul & Minneapolis. We will take advantage of our urban location by engaging the urban environment of the Twin Cities through local case studies, field study exercises, and visits to cultural institutions in the community. We will draw on our engagement with the local urban environment to demonstrate broad themes in the academic study of urban geography (e.g., the effect of transportation systems on urban development; city government, metropolitan fragmentation and regionalism; the search for community in urban settings; urban growth and neighborhood change; and, the effect of the global market economy on individual cities) at a more personal level. Directed field study exercises will help you learn analytical skills. Writing assignments will help you synthesize knowledge from exercises, lectures, and assigned readings. An independent project will help you hone your argumentative writing and ability to conduct college-level research. This course satisfies the college’s W (WA) – writing as argument – general education requirement.

Other details: This course provides you with a great opportunity to leave campus and engage people and places in Minneapolis-St. Paul. This will require from you a willingness to explore the city by bus, bike, foot, and train. It will also require a solid work ethic to complete the field study exercises in a timely fashion. You will be rewarded with foundational knowledge of St. Paul and the greater Twin Cities region that you will draw upon throughout your career at Macalester. I am excited to have a residential first year course, and I look forward to working with a curious and dynamic group this fall.


GEOG 242-01

Regional Geography of the US and Canada

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Laura Smith

Notes: This course explores the ways in which diverse groups of people interact with the natural environment to produce the contemporary landscapes and regional differentiation of the U.S. and Canada. The course emphasizes patterns of human settlement, economic activity, and land use, with special focus given to the development of Native American lands. Case studies and a field study to the Boreal Forest region of northern Minnesota will be used to demonstrate broad themes at a more personal scale. Fall semester. (4 credits)

GEOG 243-01

Geography of Africa: Local Resources and Livelihoods in a Global Context

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *First Year Course only; first day attendance required* This class goes beyond the superficial media interpretations of the vast African continent to complicate our understanding of this fascinating region. As geographers, we will place contemporary African developments in their historical and global context. The course provides a basic background in African history and physical geography, leading to discussion of advanced topics in contemporary African studies. The course covers a broad range contemporary topics, including: human-environment interactions (forest and drylands management); population dynamics (population growth, distribution and mobility); medical geography (disease, health care and policy); agricultural development (traditional farming systems, cash crops, policy); urban economies (evolution of the urban structure, industry, housing); political geography (democratization, conflict); culture and change; development; and social geography. This course fulfills the argumentative writing (WA) requirement.

GEOG 250-01

Race, Place and Space

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Karin Aguilar-San Juan

Notes: *Cross-listed with AMST 250-01*

In this discussion-based course we focus on the racialized places of U.S. cities, rural towns and suburbs in an effort to understand how social, historic, and spatial forces have colluded to bring about complex and enduring racial formations. We will look for race and related social categories in places around St. Paul and Minneapolis. By engaging theories about visuality and representation, urban development and suburban sprawl, and social movements for racial justice, we will develop a specialized vocabulary for explaining how race, place, and space are connected. This course requires prior exposure to at least one of the following areas: American Studies, human geography, sociology of race/ethnicity, or urban studies. (4 credits)


GEOG 254-01

Population 7 Billion: Global Population Issues and Trends

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Holly Barcus

Notes: This course challenges students to critically examine global population issues from a local-scale perspective and to understand the local context in which regional and international population patterns emerge. Using the lens of Geography, we will investigate the dynamic interplay between individual, local, regional, national, and international scales and the implications of scale, culture and perspective in dissecting current population issues. We will also use individual countries as case studies to examine population policies. Students will acquire a working knowledge of the data and methods used by population geographers to describe and analyze changes in human populations at sub-national scales, and will implement these skills in an independent research project. (4 credits).

GEOG 261-01

Geography of World Urbanization

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: MAIN 009
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes: We now live in a world where the majority of the population already lives in cities. And yet every year, hundreds of millions of people continue to move into cities to pursue a better future. The contemporary social, economic, and political changes are intrinsically linked to divergent urban processes across the world. This paramount shift poses important theoretical and empirical questions to our age. This course uses the critical perspective of “global urbanism” to both contextualize and connect different urban experiences across places. We will introduce various urban settings and demonstrate how complex relations between urbanization, globalization, and economic development produce spatial unevenness and social inequality. We will study the dominant paradigm of world and global cities, which prioritizes development trajectories of cities in the global North, and discuss contesting views focusing on “ordinary cities” from the global South. Drawing on case studies in the developed and less-developed world, we will also learn how to apply the relational comparative urbanism approach as well as regionally-based theoretical perspectives to comprehend the diverse urban landscapes around the globe.

GEOG 262-01

Metro Analysis

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Laura Smith

Notes: This course discusses the foundations of American urban life and metropolitan development today, and examines how and why urban housing markets operate as they do within American metropolitan regions. Topics covered in the course include: the metropolitan economy, land use patterns, urban housing supply and demand, the geography of urban housing markets, suburbanization, transportation, and public policy debates. By the end of the course, students will have mastered some of the methods used to describe metropolitan organization and change, and be able to analyze how changes in the economy and society relate to metropolitan land use. Fall semester. (4 credits)

GEOG 294-01

Geography of Asia

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MAIN 009
  • Instructor: I-Chun Catherine Chang

Notes: *Cross-listed with ASIA 294-03; first day attendance required* Whether the twenty-first century will be dominated by the “rising Asia” has spurred recurring debates in policy and academic circles. But what is Asia? How can we understand this diverse region where more than half of the world’s population resides? In this course, we will first deconstruct the idea of Asia as a cartographic entity to excavate the layered social-cultural meaning and geographical diversity of the “Asias.” We will also place the “Asias” in a global context to reveal how contemporary Asia anchors the changing world political economy and cultural imaginations outside the West. We will begin with important theoretical debates on (East) Asian development that prevailed in the 1980s and 1990s, including discussions about the colonial past, the path-dependency of development and uneven industrialization, regional disparities and mega-urbanization. We will then use these debates as the foundation to explore the contemporary globalizing Asia. What are the important connections between Asian countries, and with other parts of the world? What are the role of the “Asias” in international governance and geo-politics? Can China replace the United States as the dominant geo-economic power? These are the questions we will explore in this course.

GEOG 368-01

Health GIS

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: CARN 108
  • Instructor: Kelsey McDonald

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course builds on skills learned in the introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course, focusing explicitly on geospatial techniques used for analyzing problems in public health. Through lectures, discussions, hands-on labs, and collaborative group work, students will learn to use advanced GIS tools to visualize and analyze public health issues, including: health disparities; neighborhood effects on health; spatial clustering of disease events, such as cancers; environmental health and environmental justice; infectious and vector-borne disease; and accessibility of populations to health care services. The course builds skills in spatial thinking, statistical and epidemiological reasoning, logical inference, critical use of data, geovisualization, and research project design. Students will be required to complete a final independent project on a topic of their choice. Lab section registration is required. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour per week required. (4 credits)

GEOG 368-L1

Health GIS Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ashley Nepp

Notes: This course builds on skills learned in the introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) course, focusing explicitly on geospatial techniques used for analyzing problems in public health. Through lectures, discussions, hands-on labs, and collaborative group work, students will learn to use advanced GIS tools to visualize and analyze public health issues, including: health disparities; neighborhood effects on health; spatial clustering of disease events, such as cancers; environmental health and environmental justice; infectious and vector-borne disease; and accessibility of populations to health care services. The course builds skills in spatial thinking, statistical and epidemiological reasoning, logical inference, critical use of data, geovisualization, and research project design. Students will be required to complete a final independent project on a topic of their choice. Lab section registration is required. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour per week required. (4 credits)

GEOG 377-01

Qualitative Research Methods: Cultural Asset Mapping in St. Paul's Midway Neighborhood

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: Daniel Trudeau

Notes: *First day attendance required* Social scientists use qualitative methods to understand the ways in which societal associations operate and how people experience, contribute to, or try to change these associations. Qualitative research methods are thus concerned with analyzing processes and experiences. This course trains students to use qualitative research methods to collect data, analyze it, draw authoritative conclusions, and observe professional research ethics. The course emphasizes how qualitative methods contribute to scientific research and how ethical treatment of research participants affects the practice of qualitative research. Above all, the course focuses on training students to conduct qualitative research that contributes to our understanding of human geographies. Students will develop these skills by engaging in a semester-long student-driven research project. Participation in this project will help you learn how to plan, prepare, and carry out a qualitative research project on a deadline.

In 2016, we will be working with the Union Park District Council in St. Paul, helping to launch and support a “cultural asset mapping” project. The Union Park district contains a number of the neighborhoods around Macalester and we will focus on a small isolate segment of the Midway neighborhood. The area is north of Interstate 94 and bounded by Prior, University, and Snelling avenues. The Union Park district council would like to know more about neighbor perceptions of the built environment especially as it relates to walkability and the potential for place-making. The District Council would like to support some improvements but wants resident input and ideas in order to work with community leaders and stakeholders. We will work in teams and as individuals to support this work through a combination of interviews, focus groups, and participant observation. We will also employ digital mapping technologies. Together, students will author a report for the Union Park District Council that documents the ways residents see their neighborhood, the cultural assets that are located therein, and the ways in which the built environment might be changed in order to support place-making efforts and improve the pedestrian experience.

GEOG 378-01

Statistical Research Methods in Geography

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: CARN 107
  • Instructor: Laura Smith

Notes: This course focuses on the statistical methods that geographers use to describe and analyze places and themes. Students will learn both descriptive and inferential statistical methods for use in geographical research, including exploratory data analysis techniques, spatial statistics, geographic sampling, hypothesis testing, and regression analysis. The course provides students with experience in the application of statistical methods to spatial problems through the use of statistical software. Students will also learn to evaluate and develop statistical research designs, including preparation and presentation of an original research project. (4 credits)

GEOG 477-01

Comparative Environment and Development

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: CARN 105
  • Instructor: William Moseley

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; cross-listed with ENVI 477-01 and INTL 477-01*

A concern for the relationship between nature and society has been one of the pillars of geographic inquiry, and has also been an important bridge between other disciplines. By the 1960s, this area of inquiry was referred to variously as “human ecology” or “cultural ecology.” Over the last decade certain forms of inquiry within this tradition have increasingly referred to themselves as “political ecology.” The purpose of this seminar is to review major works within the traditions of cultural and political ecology; examine several areas of interest within these fields (e.g., agricultural modernization, environmental narratives, conservation, ecotourism); and explore nature-society dynamics across a range of geographical contexts. Towards the end of the course students will explore how one might begin to think in practical terms about facilitating development in marginal environments. Note: Completion of GEOG 232 prior to registering for this seminar is strongly encouraged. Cross-listed with Environmental Studies 477 and International Studies 477. (4 credits)