Human Geography: Cultural Interactions with the Physical Landscape


Summer 2014 quarter

Taught by

education, history, political economy

            Human Geography focuses on geography as a cultural encounter.  We will study patterns and processes that have shaped human interaction with various environments. The course encompasses human, political, cultural, social, and economic aspects of geography.  Central guiding questions we will be addressing in this course:

  • How have human beings transformed the planet Earth?  What are the changing relations humans have with the planet? 
  • How have map makers represented (or misrepresented) the Earth’s surface and the ways in which people actually live? 
  • How have human societies adapted themselves to the natural environment?
  • How have relations of power affected people's use of the environment?

This survey of human geography introduces broad concepts that are the focus of contemporary studies in geography.  These concepts include

  • locations of people;
  • the difference in places of human habitats;
  • relationships within places of human habitats;
  • patterns and effects of movement of humans, products, and information; and
  • how regions form and change.

Graduate students are welcome to attend this course for undergraduate credit.   

Human Geography also meets a teacher education endorsement requirement for "geography/world geography" for elementary education, middle-level humanities, social studies, and history.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

Sustanability studies, cultural studies, public school social studies teaching

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Evening

Advertised schedule: Thursday on-campus meetings: June 26, July 24 & 31, & August 21. Thursday on-line classes: July 3, 10, & 17, August 7, 14, & 28


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online:


Date Revision
June 17th, 2014 Course cancelled due to low enrollment.

Registration Information

Credits: 4 (Summer)

Class standing: Freshmen–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 16


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