Geography 20F (GEO20F)
The objectives of this course are for students to explore the nature of geography and develop skills related to geographical thinking. Students use the methods and tools of geography, including Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to examine issues and problems and to propose solutions. Students will study concepts related to development of natural recourses, production and distribution of food, development of industry and trade, and increasing urbanization. Students consider these issues in the context of Canada, North America and the World. Through their study students will become aware of the importance of the environment, stewardship, and sustainable development, as well as the social, political, and economic implication of their personal choices.
- Geographic Literacy – What are the tools that help geographers do their job? We look at tools like grid systems, latitude and longitude, map types & projections, compasses, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Natural Resources – We look at Canada’s main natural resource industries, like forestry, mining, fisheries, water services, and energy production.
- Food from the Land – We explore the agriculture industry and how it operates in Canada and around the world. We also take a look at the effects of food (or a lack of it) on populations both far away and close to home, discussing a variety of issues surrounding poverty and food insecurity.
- Urbanization & Industrialization – We discuss the roles and structures that urban environments like cities play in our lives. How and why they are built and grow in different ways, and the advantages and disadvantages that come with them.