GEOG 10100:   People and Their Environment: An Introduction to Geography
Section 02
Class setting:   Online, self-paced with time lines and deadlines via BlackBoard

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Instructor: Anthony F. Grande
Office Hours: Via email at any time. Response time will vary with time of day and subject matter. Be sure to include GEOG101-02 in the subject area and sign with you first and last names as they appear on your CUNYFirst account.


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 segments. 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 natural landscape.

Learning Outcomes
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

REQUIRED ATLAS: Rand McNally Goode’s World Atlas (2017). ISBN-10: 9780133864649. It is strongly recommended that students should have access to a world atlas that includes thematic maps. This is different from Google Maps and other map sites.

CURRENT EVENTS: Log into your Hunter College Library account to access the New York Times web site. This is free for CUNY students.

TUTORING: Contingent on college funding, free tutoring and help with assignments for GEOG 101 students will be available online from The Skirball Science Learning Center/Silverstein Success Center.

Last updated February 11, 2021 .