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GEOG 1992 Human Geographies

Instructor Contact:

Lindsay Skog


About the Course:

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the core concepts, themes, and concerns of human geography. Human geography is the study of how humans shape, and are shaped by, the places in which they live. Developing an understanding of the numerous and interconnected relationships between people and places is increasingly important in our globalizing world. While some see global processes as homogenizing, others experience these processes as exacerbating social, cultural, and economic differences. This course explores both these ideas through several lenses, and gives you the tools to communicate about these processes.

In this course you will work to develop your geographic imagination—that is, a way of seeing and making sense of the interconnectedness of places and people. Along the way, you will also improve your writing and critical thinking skills through written assignments. To be successful in this course, you must actively participate in online discussions, complete and reflect on all weekly readings, and challenge yourself to engage your geographic imaginary as you move throughout your daily life.

We each bring a unique background and set of experiences to our virtual classroom. I encourage you to draw on your background and experiences to make sense of the course material. To the extent that is comfortable to you, feel free to share how you understand the concepts from this course through your experiences in your weekly discussion posts and other assignments.


Throughout this course you will learn to:

  • Communicate geographically using key terms, themes, and tools
  • Distinguish between social, political, economic, and cultural geographies
  • Describe how the above geographies are interconnected
  • Recognize the interdependence of place and processes, while also appreciating difference
  • Begin to apply your geographic imaginary to increasing your understanding of your community

Required Texts:

  • Paul Knox and Sallie Marston, Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context, 6th edition.

This text is available at the CU Bookstore in the UMC. I recommend renting it.

This text is also available for rent online via

Course Grading Rubric:

  • 20% – Discussion Posts
  • 10% – Reading Quizzes
  • 30% – 3 Assignments (10% each)
  • 20% – Mid-term essay
  • 20% – Final exam

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