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Geography, Faculty of Arts

GEOG: Geography

Courses having Science credit in Geography are listed separately in the calendar under GEOB (Geographical Biogeosciences). Students seeking to obtain their Science requirement in the Faculty of Arts should consider GEOB102 and GEOB103. For detailed information about courses and topics within courses, see the departmental website (www.geog.ubc.ca).


GEOG 121 (3) Geography, Environment and Globalization
Human geography of the modern world with particular attention to human-environment relationships, urbanization, and regional growth; trade and communications; environment and war; environmental governance and sustainability.
GEOG 122 (3) Geography, Modernity and Globalization
The human geography of the modern world since 1945: global interdependence in economic geography, geopolitics, and cultural geography; consequences of modernization, including demography, urbanization and environmental effects; regional case studies; reactions to modernization.
GEOG 210 (3) Vancouver and Its Region
An integrated approach to the physical and human geography of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Field trips.
GEOG 211 (3) The State of the Earth
The demographic, economic, ecological, and technological factors that underlie current environmental challenges, considering their effects to date and their possible impact in the future.
Prerequisite: One of GEOB 102, GEOB 103. GEOG 121, GEOG 122 recommended. Second-year standing.
GEOG 220 (3) Geopolitics
Political geographic perspectives on todays interdependent world through three themes: borders, regions, and flows. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 250 (3) Cities
An interdisciplinary introduction to the city in the context of contemporary globalization. Analysis of urban patterns and processes from the theoretical perspectives of various disciplines and methodologies.
Equivalency: URST 200.
GEOG 281 (3) Geography of the Pacific Rim
An introduction to changing geographies (social, economic, and political) of the Pacific Rim, with special emphasis on the relationships between Canada and Japan.
Equivalency: ASTU 202.
GEOG 290 (3) Introduction to the Geography of Canada
Selected topics in human geography focusing on the regional distribution of natural resources, population, urban systems, and economic activities.
GEOG 310 (3) Environment and Sustainability
Concepts of environment, resources and sustainability; the roles of physical and human geography in understanding the interaction of humans and the environment; introduction to management of environment-resource systems.
Prerequisite: One of GEOB 102, GEOB 103. Or 6 credits in the Faculty of Science (BIOL, CHEM, EOSC, PHYS).
GEOG 311 (3) Urban Environments
The impact of urban development on the natural environment and vice versa. Study of the ecology and metabolism of cities and green urban design, using global and local case studies.
GEOG 312 (3) Climate Change: Science and Society
Climates over the geological, historical and instrument periods. Theories of climatic change. Monitoring and modelling the climate system. Impacts of change on environmental and socio-economic systems.
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 102, GEOB 102, GEOG 200, GEOB 200, GEOG 204, GEOB 204, ATSC 201, EOSC 112. 3rd year standing.
GEOG 315 (3) Human and Environmental Geography Field Course
Engage in primary field-based research in British Columbia on important issues concerning intercultural understanding, engagement with local communities and sustainability. Focus will shift on a bi-annual basis in accordance with location and available community partners. Special fees and liability insurance are required. Third year standing is recommended.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
GEOG 316 (3) Geography of Natural Hazards
The role of geophysical events, human ecology, environmental perception, world social and political order in explaining the risk of natural disasters. Assessment of acceptable risk, disaster relief and reconstruction and contrasts between developed and developing nations.
Prerequisite: Either (a) GEOG 101 or (b) all of GEOG 102, GEOG 103 or (c) all of GEOB 102, GEOB 103.
GEOG 317 (3) The Physical Environment of British Columbia
The biophysical processes which are shaping and have shaped British Columbia; characteristic associations between landforms, climate, soil, and vegetation; biophysical constraints on air, land and water use.
Prerequisite: 6 credits from GEOG 102 (or GEOG 200 or 204) or GEOB 102 (or GEOB 200 or 204), GEOG 101, 103, 205, 207 or GEOB 103, 205, 207.
GEOG 318 (3) Sustainability in a Changing Environment
Biophysical and human causes of short- and long-term environmental change at various spatial scales, including measurement, interpretation, and policy.
Prerequisite: GEOG 310.
GEOG 319 (3) Environmental Impact Assessment
The principles, implementation, and role of environmental impact assessment in environmental management, in Canada and internationally.
Prerequisite: GEOG 310.
GEOG 321 (3) Historical Geography of Urbanization: Cities, Space, and Power
From the origins of urbanism to the modern era.
GEOG 327 (3) Creating Canada
Canada from the beginning of European contact to the mid-19th century, stressing the changing geographical patterns of settlement, economy, and culture.
GEOG 328 (3) Constructing Canada
The construction of Canadian political space after Confederation, aboriginal-newcomer relations, regional development and conflict, industrialization, urbanization, and war.
GEOG 329 (3) Political Geography
The heritage of political geography; the spatial structure of political organization including regional and global structures.
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 121, GEOG 122. Or Major and Honours students in History, International Relations or Political Science.
GEOG 345 (3) Theory and Practice in Human Geography
A consideration of major intellectual issues and debates in the development of contemporary human geography, in relation to developments in other fields and changes in politics, culture and society.
GEOG 350 (3) Urban Worlds
City systems and theories of urban location; internal spatial structure of the city; commercial and industrial location; social areas; neighbourhood and land use change; urban trends and public policy.
GEOG 352 (3) Urbanization in the Global South
Urbanization in the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the role of cities in the development process and the features and problems of rapid urbanization.
GEOG 353 (3) Geographies of Migration and Settlement
International regimes regulating migration, changes in global demographics, immigration policies of nation states, international migration patterns, settlement policies and outcomes.
GEOG 357 (3) Introduction to Social Geography
The development of social and behavioural geography, focusing on how places, landscapes, and enviromments both reflect and shape social life.
GEOG 361 (3) Introduction to Economic Geography
History and methods of economic geography. Location of resource industries, manufacturing, and service activities with emphasis on British Columbia in its North American and world setting. Recommended for students with no previous exposure to Economic Geography, before taking other courses in the 36x and 46x series.
Prerequisite: GEOG 122.
GEOG 362 (3) Geography of Economic Development
Geographical approaches to economic development; models of economic development and spatial change; influences on spatial economic change; case studies from the developed, third, and socialist worlds.
Prerequisite: Either (a) GEOG 122 or (b) GEOG 260.
GEOG 364 (3) Globalization, Cities, and Regions
Forms of economic development; changing location of economic activities and functions; implications for government and politics; local strategies for growth and equity.
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 121, GEOG 122. GEOG 361 is recommended.
GEOG 371 (3) Research Strategies in Human Geography
Formulating a research problem and selecting an appropriate research strategy. Research strategies range from social scientific survey methods to ethnography. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 374 (3) Statistics in Geography
Introduction to statistical techniques and their application to geographical problems. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography. Consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.
GEOG 379 (3/6) d Field Course in Human Geography
As announced by the department a year in advance.
Prerequisite: The relevant core course(s).
GEOG 380 (3) Geography of Asia
A comparative regional analysis stressing the historical development and changing cultural, economic, and political patterns of the area. Special reference to India, Indonesia, China, and Japan.
GEOG 390 (3/6) d Geography of Selected Regions
A geographical analysis of selected regions not regularly included in the Department's offerings in regional geography (e.g., tropical Africa, Oceania). Students should consult the Department regarding regions to be covered.
GEOG 391 (3) Modern Europe: Places and Borders
An introductory survey, focusing on the present-day human geography of the area between the Atlantic and the Ural Mountains.
GEOG 395 (3) Culture, Nature, and Coloniality in Latin America
Socio-ecologies in 1491; Spanish colonialism and biological imperialism; contemporary coloniality and neoliberalism; and social movements.
GEOG 410 (3) Environment and Society
Geographical analysis of society-environment relations. Relates resource management to environmental politics, political economy, and sustainable development. Perspectives drawn from political ecology and political economy, environmental history and environmental philosophy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: GEOG 310.
GEOG 412 (3) Water Management: Theory, Policy, and Practice
Interdisciplinary analysis of critical water issues, in Canada and internationally. Focus on social science perspectives. Emphasis on presentation, research, and essay-writing skills. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: GEOG 310.
GEOG 419 (3) Research in Environmental Geography
Details available from Geography Undergraduate Advisor. Not necessarily offered each year.
Prerequisite: Major or Honours in Geography with at least 75 credits, or permission of the instructor.
GEOG 423 (3) Development of Environmental Thought
An examination of how attitudes toward human nature and non-human nature have changed from Mesolithic times to the present in Western society.
Prerequisite: GEOG 310.
GEOG 424 (3) Feminist Geographies
An introductory survey of contemporary feminist approaches to human geography.
GEOG 426 (3) Historical Geography of British Columbia, I
Colonialism, resistance, and land use in early British Columbia.
Prerequisite: GEOG 327 and GEOG 328 are recommended.
GEOG 429 (3) Research in Historical Geography
Details available from Geography Undergraduate Advisor. Not necessarily offered each year.
Prerequisite: Major or Honours in Geography with at least 75 credits, or permission of the instructor.
GEOG 442 (3) Student Directed Seminar in Human Geography
Self-directed, collaborative studies in human geography, in a group-learning environment, initiated and coordinated by senior undergraduate students with the supervision of a faculty advisor. Course structure, enrolment, and delivery methods will comply with the "Handbook for Student Directed Seminars." Credit will be granted for only one of GEOG 442 or GEOG 443.
Prerequisite: Third-year standing in human geography.
GEOG 446 (3) Topics in Geography
See the departmental undergraduate adviser for details.
GEOG 447 (3) Directed Studies: Off Campus Research
Based on project work outside the university. Not available to co-op students. See the departmental undergraduate adviser for details.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department head and at least 15 credits of relevant 300- or 400- level Geography courses.
GEOG 448 (3) Directed Studies in Geography
For fourth-year students in Geography to permit investigation of a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student.
Prerequisite: Permission of the department head and supervising faculty member is required.
Equivalency: GEOG 444.
GEOG 450 (3) Urban Research
Individual or group primary research. Instructor and content vary and it may be offered over 2 terms. Details available from Geography Undergraduate Advisor from April 1 preceding the course. Not necessarily offered each year.
Prerequisite: Registered as Major or Honours in Geography with at least 75 credits completed.
GEOG 453 (3) Political Geographic Analysis
Political organization of space; territorial and spatial patterns of power and identity; contemporary geopolitical struggles.
Prerequisite: Fourth-year standing.
GEOG 456 (3) Film and the City
The complex interrelations between film and the city; dominant urban theories, film technologies and viewing practices and the intersections between them.
Equivalency: FINA 445, ARTH 445.
GEOG 457 (3) Social and Behavioural Geography
Theories of social change in the global city; labour markets; poverty and inequality; social polarization; housing markets; gentrification and housing affordability; immigration and segregation; diversity and multiculturalism; transnationalism; the entrepreneurial state; the convivial city. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 350, GEOG 357.
GEOG 461 (3) Political-Economic Geographies
Principal theories and debates in contemporary political-economic geography, with particular emphasis on global and regional transformations.
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 361, GEOG 364.
GEOG 468 (3) Geography of International Economic Systems: Canada and the Pacific Basin
An introduction to the study of international economic systems illustrated by the study of Canada's relations with the countries located in the Pacific Basin. Normally alternates with GEOG 481. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 481 (3) Geography of Japan
A critical analysis of significant human adaptations to changing ecological conditions in the Japanese archipelago. Normally alternates with GEOG 468.
Prerequisite: GEOG 380 is recommended.
GEOG 484 (3) Geography of Southeast Asia
A critical analysis of significant features of political, economic, and cultural development in the region from pre-colonial times to the present.
Prerequisite: GEOG 380 is recommended.
GEOG 485 (3) Geography of China
An introduction to the changing cultural, social and economic geography of China. Normally alternates with GEOG 425.
Prerequisite: GEOG 380 is recommended.
GEOG 493 (3) Contemporary Europe: Identity and Geopolitics
Political, economic, and social geographies of post Cold War Europe with a special emphasis on east-central Europe: societal transformations in the formerly socialist states; European Union and NATO enlargement; the external relations of these two organizations.
Prerequisite: GEOG 391 is recommended.
GEOG 495 (3) Geographies of Social Movements in the Americas
The politics of North-South solidarity in theory and practice through community service learning models. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: One of LAST 100, GEOG 395.
GEOG 496 (3) Geography of Africa
A critical introduction to social, political and economic geographies of Africa from pre-colonial times to the present, with a focus on contemporary environmental and development issues.
Prerequisite: One of GEOG 329, GEOG 350. GEOG 362 is recommended.
GEOG 497 (3) The Arctic
Physical and biological characteristics of the circumpolar Arctic, emphasizing terrestrial environments and the impacts on and by humans, including: glacial history; climatology; biogeography/ecology of arctic tundra; human-environment interactions, settlement and exploration; and current environmental, social and economic problems.
GEOG 498 (3) Geographies of the Middle East
Critical analysis of economic, social, and political development and processes defining the modern Middle East region.
GEOG 512 (3) Climate Change in the 21st Century
Historical, methodological, and policy dimensions of climate change in the 21st century. Application of natural and social science literature to climate science, impacts on ecosystems and societies, and response options. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: FRST 501.
GEOG 514 (3) Topics in Environmental Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 515 (3) Satellite Remote Sensing Applications to Oceanography and Meteorology
A review of the many satellite-sensed data products used in both research and operational aspects of oceanography and meteorology. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Equivalency: EOSC 582.
GEOG 517 (3) Environmental Sustainability
Environmental sustainability is examined through conceptual literature and empirical examples. Emphasis on resources and livelihoods in the South and North. Case studies are used to discuss sustainable development, and the distribution of costs and benefits associated with resources allocation, with perspectives drawn from political ecology and economy, environmental history and philosophy. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 519 (3) Environment, Development and Security
Analysis of environment-development-security linkages in relation to livelihoods and conflicts in poor countries, with a focus on Africa. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 520 (3) Themes and Interpretive Issues in Modern Human Geography
Themes and interpretive issues in modern human geography. Students from outside Geography require the permission of the Head of the department. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 521 (3) Philosophy, Social Theory, and Human Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 522 (3) Feminism and Geography
Feminist critiques of the discipline of geography and feminist reconstructions of geography. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 523 (3/6) Advanced Seminar in Human Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 524 (3/6) d Cultural Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 525 (3) Cultures of Nature in Contemporary Political Ecologies
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 527 (3) Remaking North America: Historical Geographies of Changing Environments
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 528 (3) Society and Environment in British Columbia
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 533 (3) Political Geography
Investigate how politics is bound with territorial definition. Examine how the management of political issues is intertwined with the ways in which these issues are understood in geographical and territorial terms. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 535 (3) International Migration and Settlement
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 545 (3/6) d Topics in Human Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 547 (3/6) d Directed Reading in Human Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 548 (0) Major Essay
GEOG 551 (3) Urban Social Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 552 (3) Urban Systems in Developed Countries
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 553 (3) Urbanization in Developing Countries
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 554 (3) Historical Urban Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 560 (3/6) d Economic Geography
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 570 (3) Advanced Geographic Information Systems
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 571 (3) Research Methods in Human Geography
Pass/Fail. Restricted to Human Geography graduate students. This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
Prerequisite: GEOG 520.
GEOG 572 (3/6) d Spatial and Cartographic Techniques
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 599 (15) Master's Thesis
This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.
GEOG 699 (0) Doctoral Dissertation

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