Introduction to Human Geography

  • Final
  • Geography
  • Introduction to Human Geography
  • 3.0
  • This course is a study of diverse human populations, their cultural origins, diffusion and contemporary spatial expressions. Topics include: demography, languages and religions, urbanization and landscape modification, political units and nationalism, and economic systems and development.


    At some colleges this course is referred to as “Introduction to Cultural Geography”.

  • 120
  • None

  • None Specified

    1. The distribution of the human population and the processes (both historical and contemporary) that shape this distribution;
    2. The origins, diversity, and distribution of basic cultural patterns, with particular attention given to: language, religion, urbanization, political and economic patterns, and human-environment interactions; and
    3. Basic concepts used in the geographic study of human patterns including: diffusion, cultural landscapes, cultural ecology, and cultural regions.

  • At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the distribution of the human population and the processes (both historical and contemporary) that shape this distribution;
    2. Demonstrate an understanding of the origins, diversity, and distribution of basic cultural patterns, with particular attention given to: language, religion, urbanization, political and economic patterns, and human-environment interactions; and
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts used in the geographic study of human patterns including: diffusion, cultural landscapes, cultural ecology, and cultural regions.

  • Objective and subjective midterm and final examinations.  Reports or projects, homework problems, and/or laboratory reports.

  • Human Mosaic (Bychkov-Jordan)
    Introduction to Human Geography (Rubenstein)

    Or other college level text as selected by instructor.

  • May 02, 2012