GEOG 070 – SU: Space, Place and Society
Everything happens somewhere… but why there? And how do combinations of events and processes come together to create unique places? How do the actions and decisions of human societies construct meaningful social spaces? And, how can we use a geographic approach to understand human society better? Recognizing and analyzing the ways that human societies create places and in turn live in and through those places is one of the core tasks of this course. Along this path we will identify the main tools geographers use to understand the relations between space, place, and society, with a particular focus on the tension between globalization, sustainability, social justice, and cultural identities in places around the globe. We will pay particular attention to spatial patterns and discovering the processes that generate them. Geographic concepts we’ll explore include diffusion, mobility and migration, scale, construction of place, and the powerful intersections of economic, political, and social processes with natural environments.
GEOG 170 – Historical Geography
The intersection of Geography and History is explored here through a critical examination of American childhoods of the late 19th and 20th centuries. We use diverse readings and resources to uncover the conditions of childhood, including everything from child labor to conditions of housing, from childhood diseases to immigrant experiences, and from schooling to the material culture of books, toys, and games. We ask questions such as: How is ‘childhood’ constructed socially and culturally over time and through different places? How are diverse experiences of ‘childhood’ related to broader social, economic, and political contexts? We will take five key dimensions of social life as central to understanding past childhoods, and in turn, this allows us to build a better understanding of American culture, places, and histories. These five key dimensions are: Mobility and Migration; Social Inequalities (Race, Class, Gender, etc.)
GEOG 186 – SL:Qualitative Research in Geog
This is an introductory, hands-on course for social science/humanities students of all disciplines. It is particularly helpful as preparation for internships, thesis work, and advanced methods courses. The class is designated as 'service-learning' so that we can work with a community partner - feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on that. How do geographers and other social scientists make sense of the social world? How do people construct meaningful places, experience social/spatial differences, resist oppression, or simply make everyday life tolerable? What is in the ‘toolbox’ of qualitative research on social and spatial issues? This course takes several approaches to answering these questions.