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Fall 2015 Class Schedule - updated February 12, 2016 at 04:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
GEOG 111-01  Human Geography of Global Issues
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 107 David Lanegran
GEOG 111-02  Human Geography of Global Issues
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 107 Claude Peloquin
GEOG 225-01  Intro to Geog Info Systems
MWF 08:30 am-09:30 am CARN 107 Holly Barcus
*Permission of the instructor required*

GEOG 225-L1  Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab
R 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 225-L2  Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab
W 10:50 am-12:20 pm CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 241-01  Urban Geography
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 06A Daniel Trudeau
*First day attendance required*

GEOG 242-01  Regional Geography of the US and Canada
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 107 Laura Smith
*First Year Course only* What is it? Where is it? Why is it located there? So what? Geography is much more than a collection of facts about capital cities and mountain ranges; the essence of geography is to study why locations and features matter. Geography is the study of spatial organization of human activity, and of people’s relationships with their environment – whether in an urban or a rural setting. How have human activities in a place been shaped by the landscape, and in turn, how has the landscape been shaped by human activities?

In Regional Geography of the United States and Canada, we tackle relevant and engaging questions such as:

• Are fast-growing western cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix sustainable?

• What characteristics give “The South” a stronger regional image than other areas of the U.S. and Canada?

• What are the economic and cultural effects of language in French Canada?

Throughout the semester, we explore 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. This course is designed to be interactive. We use a variety of projects and media to incorporate both concept and region into our discussions. We often draw on classmates’ “regions of expertise” to learn from each other. Within the discipline of geography, fieldwork is central to improving our understanding of places and regions and to developing our skills of observation and analysis – so we will also head into the field for some first-hand experience with regions in Minnesota. We will visit the Boreal Forest region of northern Minnesota to examine the “reinvention” of a natural resource-based economy and issues of environmental sustainability in areas of continued primary industry. Specifically, we will study the impact of iron ore mining on cities and populations of Minnesota’s Iron Range, the forestry and paper industries of the Boreal Forest Region, and the urban redevelopment strategies of the international port of Duluth on Lake Superior. Our visit to the Heritage Center of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa and stay at the tribal casino hotel will allow us to experience and explore cultural history and contemporary Native American economic development issues. In addition to short writing assignments throughout the semester, you will also complete a final research paper on a regional geographic question of your choosing (with the help of your writing assistant). Geographers are broadly trained to analyze and synthesize, and are well prepared to study contemporary issues from urban to rural and from local to global. Come explore the U.S. and Canada with us!

GEOG 250-01  Race, Place and Space
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm OLRI 241 Karin Aguilar-San Juan
*Cross-listed with AMST 250-01; first day attendance required* How do racial formations manifest in space and place? Through lecture and discussion, we will define what is spatial or “platial.” A prelude on visual culture will help us to engage the difficult practice of “looking” at race and space. Then we consider how race and racism operate at various levels of spatial scale: women’s reproductive health (Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body), urban renewal (Detroit: An American Autopsy, by Charlie LeDuff), and the planet (“A Fierce Green Fire”). This is an interdisciplinary approach so prior exposure to American Studies, Urban Studies, or Environmental Studies will help ground you in this course.

GEOG 261-01  Geography of World Urbanization
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am MAIN 009 I-Chun Catherine Chang
*Appropriate for FY students* 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
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 107 Laura Smith
GEOG 263-01  Geography of Development and Underdevelopment
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 107 Claude Peloquin
*Appropriate for FY Students*

GEOG 294-01  Contemporary Mongolia
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 105 Holly Barcus
*First Year Course only; cross-listed with ASIA 294-01* The “land without fences” has long existed in the traveler’s mind as a place of extensive landscapes and nomadic cultures. After emerging from more than 60 years of communism, Mongolia transitioned to a democratic form of governance and capitalist economy in 1989 and by 2013 the Economist listed Mongolia as having the fastest growing economy in the world (The Economist 2013). Along with these monumental changes in governance structure and economy, Mongolia’s peoples witnessed profound changes in their livelihoods and experienced a rapid transition to new and emerging economies. This course takes a thematic, geographic perspective on the contemporary issues facing Mongolia and its citizens and bringing together such themes as development, gender, environment, migration, ethnicity and culture in this rapidly changing region of the world. Our task for the semester will be to consider the multiplicity of changes occurring across Mongolia and contextualize these within broader debates within the discipline of geography.

J.A. 2013. “The fastest growing economies in 2013: Speed is not everything.” The Economist, 2 Jan. Accessed 15 December 2014.

GEOG 294-02  Geography of Asia
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 107 I-Chun Catherine Chang
*Cross-listed with ASIA 294-03; appropriate for FY Students* 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 294-03  Science, Nature, and Society
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 105 Claude Peloquin
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-04* This course introduces students to the study of science as a social practice, with a particular emphasis on the role of scientific knowledge in nature-society interactions, including natural resource and environmental management and efforts toward environmental sustainability. Major topics covered will include core components of the scientific method and of the philosophy, history, and geography of science; current scholarship on the role of science and technology in shaping social dynamics ranging from colonialism, development, democracy, our ability to navigate the anthropocene; and the relationship between conventional science and distinct approaches to knowing the environment, including traditional and local ecological knowledge. We will also apply the diverse "lenses" provided by this scholarship to shed light on the complex politics of expertise in on-going environmental controversies.

GEOG 294-04  Americans and Global Parks and Wilderness
TR 03:30 pm-04:30 pm OLRI 241 Margot Higgins
*Cross-listed with ENVI 294-02; counts for social science general distribution credit.*

GEOG 364-01  GIS and Community Partnerships
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 364-L1  GIS and Community Partnerships
TBA TBA Ashley Nepp
GEOG 377-01  Qualitative Research Methods
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 105 Daniel Trudeau
GEOG 488-01  Cities of the 21st Century
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 105 Daniel Trudeau
*Permission of the instructor required; cross-listed with ENVI 478-01; first day attendance required; this is a Geography senior seminar*

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Spring 2016 Class Schedule - updated February 12, 2016 at 04:00 pm

Number/Section  Title
Days Time Room Instructor
GEOG 111-01  Human Geography of Global Issues
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm CARN 06A Claude Peloquin
GEOG 225-01  Intro to Geog Info Systems
MWF 08:30 am-09:30 am CARN 107 Holly Barcus
*Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

GEOG 225-02  Intro to Geog Info Systems
MWF 03:30 pm-04:30 pm CARN 107 Jessica Campbell
*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

GEOG 225-L1  Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab
W 10:50 am-12:20 pm CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 225-L2  Intro to Geog Info Systems Lab
T 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 225-L3  Intro to GIS Lab
R 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 232-01  People, Agriculture and the Environment
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 107 William Moseley
*Cross-listed with ENVI 232-01; first day attendance required*

GEOG 243-01  Geography of Africa: Local Resources and Livelihoods in a Global Context
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 107 William Moseley
*First day attendance required*

GEOG 248-01  The Political Geography of Nations and Nationalism
MWF 01:10 pm-02:10 pm CARN 05 Daniel Trudeau
*First day attendance required*

GEOG 252-01  Water and Power
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am OLRI 270 Roopali Phadke
*Cross-listed with ENVI 252-01 and POLI 252-01*

GEOG 256-01  Medical Geography: The Geography of Health and Health Care
MWF 09:40 am-10:40 am CARN 107 Kelsey McDonald
*First day attendance required*

GEOG 258-01  Geography of Environmental Hazards
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 06A Claude Peloquin
*Cross-listed with ENVI 258-01*

GEOG 292-01  Engaging the 21st Century City: Innovation/Inequality/Urban Dev in Twin Cities and Seattle
W 07:00 pm-08:30 pm MARKIM 303 Paul Schadewald
*2 credits; permission of instructor required; cross-listed with AMST 292-01* This course examines contemporary urban issues in the Twin Cities and Seattle, Washington, to understand the possibilities and challenges of cities in the 21st century. Seattle offers a compelling vantage point for urban learning. The Seattle region is a hub for creative neighborhood engagement programs, a thriving entrepreneurship culture, and communities that have been formed through migration and interaction with the Pacific Rim. The course will critically engage such themes as urban development and gentrification, racial and economic inequality, and the emerging landscape of innovation We will connect academic themes to specific examples from the Twin Cities and Seattle of what it means to live, work, and make positive social change in urban environments. The course meets weekly for 1 ½ hours to develop approaches for understanding urban issues, and includes a mandatory, fully-funded immersive learning experience in Seattle over Spring Break. The permission of instructor is required and all students must complete an application. Accepted students have an option of doing an additional parallel 2-credit independent study on course themes. Applications are due November 18th at 11 p.m. Applications can be found at or contact the instructor.

GEOG 294-01  Introduction to Urban Ecology
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm NEILL 213 I-Chun Catherine Chang
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with ENVI 294-06* Urban ecology is both a concept and a field of study. It focuses on interactions between human, urban ecosystems and the built environment. With over half of the world’s population now living in cities, cities have assumed a critical role in shaping local, regional and global ecologies. In this course, we will examine the distinctiveness of the interconnected urban biophysical, socio-economic, and political processes. In order to disentangle the complexity of human-environment relations in cities, we will take an interdisciplinary approach and learn theories and concepts in natural science ecology, environmental studies, geography, urban planning, sociology, and public policies. We will also apply these theories and concepts to laboratory exercises, field research, and case studies.

GEOG 294-03  Asian Cities
MWF 02:20 pm-03:20 pm MAIN 001 I-Chun Catherine Chang
*First day attendance required; cross-listed with ASIA 294-02* Since the last century, Asia has experienced rapid urbanization. It is now home to over half of the world’s most populated cities. By 2010, the urban population in the Asia-Pacific region has surpassed the population of the United States and the European Union combined. In this course, we will focus on cities in East, Southeast and South Asia. We will first contextualize the rapid urbanization in the region’s changing political economy, and identify urban issues that are unique to this region. We will further explore different theoretical approaches to understand Asian cities; several of them challenge mainstream urban theories rooted in the experiences of West European and North American cities. Upon the completion of this course, students will acquire substantive knowledge on contemporary trends of urban development in Asia, and develop familiarity with related ongoing theoretical debates.

GEOG 341-01  City Life: Segregation, Integration, and Gentrification
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 05 Daniel Trudeau
*Cross-listed with AMST 341-01*

GEOG 365-01  Urban GIS
TR 01:20 pm-02:50 pm CARN 105 Laura Smith
*Instructor approval required*

GEOG 365-L1  Urban GIS Lab
TBA TBA CARN 108 Ashley Nepp
GEOG 368-01  Health GIS
TR 09:40 am-11:10 am CARN 108 Kelsey McDonald
*Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

GEOG 368-L1  Health GIS Lab
TBA TBA CARN 108 Kelsey McDonald
GEOG 378-01  Statistical Research Methods in Geography
MWF 10:50 am-11:50 am CARN 107 Laura Smith
GEOG 488-01  Transportation Geography
W 07:00 pm-10:00 pm CARN 105 Laura Smith
GEOG 488-02  Migrants, Migration and the Global Landscape of Population Change
TR 03:00 pm-04:30 pm CARN 105 Holly Barcus

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