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GEOG 101 - Society and the Environment
Course Details

Course Code:

GEOG 101


Calendar Description:
An introduction to the study of geography with emphasis on the interaction between society and the environment, particularly in a Canadian context. Fundamental concepts and approaches, in addition to methods and techniques of geography will be examined.

Total Hours: 45

Total Weeks:


Course Content:

Week 1 Introduction to the Course, Geography, and Environmentalism
Week 2 Introduction Concluded
Week 3 Environmental Ethics, Worldviews and Sustainable Development
Week 4 Earth's Life Support Systems: The Abiotic Components
Week 5 Earth's Life Support Systems: The Biotic Components
Week 6 The Constancy of Ecological Change
Week 7 Mid Term Exam
Week 8 Human Population: Characteristics and Dynamics (Assignment #1 due)
Week 9 Atmospheric Change
Week 10 Fresh Water
Week 11 Remembrance Day (no class)
Week 12 Energy
Week 13 Wild Species & Natural Spaces
Week 14 Urbanization and Sustainability (Assignment #2 due)
Week 15 Final Exam (tbc)

Learning Outcomes:
The main objectives of this course are:
- To introduce geography within the context of environmental studies.
- To outline the broad features of the interaction between human society and the natural environment
- To introduce key ecological concepts and principles.
- To examine the relationship between human resource utilization and the environment with particular emphasis on the Canadian situation
- To discuss efforts and strategies to seek sustainability in the relationship between society and the environment

Grading System:

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 25 %
Midterm Exam: 25 %
Assignments: 50 %

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma
Associate of Arts Degree
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