Instructor: Anthony F. Grande
Office: Room 1032 North Building
Telephone: (212) 772-5265 or (212) 772-5266
Mailbox: Geography Dept., Room 1006 North Bldg.
Office Hours: Tuesday and Fridays in Room 1032HN from 10:30 AM - 11 AM and 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM; also, by appointment.
Classroom: Room 415 West Building.
GEOG 10100 is an introduction to the field of geography.
This course will present the fundamental concepts of geography and show how these concepts are applied to our everyday lives. Geography is both a physical and social science. GEOG 10100 is a topical course highlighting the major subfields in geography. Examples from all over the world are used to illustrate concepts and processes.
The course is divided into three sections. Part I covers basic geographic concepts and the techniques used by geographers to study the earth as a home for people and portray spatial information. Part II focuses on the earth’s natural landscape: lithosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and the processes behind them. Part III looks at the earth from a people point of view – how they interact with elements of earth environment, make settlement decisions, use what is available to them - and in the process, create a cultural landscape: the human imprint on the landscape.
By the end of the course you will be able to define and describe:
1. The field and scope of geography, and identify its major subfields.
2. Its chief concepts, esp. location, place, movement, region and interaction.
3. Natural earth processes and how aspects of land, air and water affect people.
4. Human-environment interaction and recognize it around us (social, economic, political).
5. Tools used for geographic data collection and presentation.
6. Maps including their parts and presentation (i.e. map reading).
7. Types of mapped information and understand how it is communicated and perceived.
8. The geographic point of view and apply it to local, regional and world situations.
9. Location analysis, employing geographic tools to do so (critical thinking).
10. Develop the skills to read and write critically about the subject.
REQUIRED TEXT: Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, 6th ed
. C. T. Dahlman and W. H. Renwick; Pearson Higher Education, Boston (2014). Available as hardcover, paperback, e-text and rental. ISBN 13: 9780321843333; ISBN 10: 0321843339
ATLAS: It is recommended that students should have access to a world atlas that includes thematic maps. The most recent editions of Rand McNally Goode’s World Atlas, National Geographic College Atlas of the World, and the Student Atlas of World Geography by Allen and Sutton are possibilities.