GEOG 050 - Provincial Geography

Geography Provincial Level course introduces concepts, knowledge, and skills in the study of physical and human geography. The focus of the course is British Columbia's physical geography including: rocks, weathering and erosion, and weather. Human geography subjects include: population, resources, and natural hazards.


Hours: 120 (Lecture Hours: 100; Laboratory Hours: 20)


Total Weeks: 20


i.“C“ or higher in SOST040 or SOST11 or equivalent; and
ii.“C“ or higher in ENGL040 or ENGL11 or equivalent or Provincial Level Placement on the CCP English Assessment.



Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
Meteorology and Climatology
- Earth and sun relationships
- Atmosphere, structure and composition
- Insolation and temperature
- Atmospheric pressure and winds
- Moisture, humidity and precipitation
- Mapping weather
- Rocks
- Tectonic forces
- Gradational forces
- Weathering processes
- Landforms
- Geophysical hazards
- Types of maps
- Scale
- Grids
- Distribution and density
- Population growth and control
- Population and food consumption
- Migration
- Renewable/non renewable
- Energy types


Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate awareness of some past and present forces shaping society
- Read, interpret, and prepare maps, tables, graphs, and figures that depict geophysical data and/or phenomena
- Demonstrate understanding of different perspectives on these shaping forces: cultural, economic, gender, geographic, historic, legal, political, psychological, radical, spiritual, etc.
- Analyze and assess specific issue perspectives to build a point a view; and revise their point of view through experiencing/researching other social and cultural perspectives
- Demonstrate an understanding of human geography in terms of population, resources, and natural hazards
- Demonstrate understanding of British Columbia’s physical geography including: rocks, weathering and erosion, and weather
- Demonstrate an understanding of renewable resources, non-renewable resources, and energy types

- Perform statistical calculations

Course Goals:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
Identify sources of information from:
- Libraries by using resource books, texts and periodicals
- Media sources by using computers, video and audio materials
- Direct sources such as interviews, surveys and observation
Extract, summarize and report information from a variety of media, such as:
- Regional, national and global maps
- Details of latitude and longitude, scale and distance
- Contour and relief maps
- Artifacts and documents
- Historical and contemporary media, art, literature, cartoons, etc.
- Electronic media: Internet resources, software
Organize information into a range of formats, such as:
- Notes, outlines and reviews
- Maps, graphs, and tables
- Research summaries
Analyze information in a variety of ways by:
- Finding main ideas
- Asking evocative questions
- Comparing main ideas with other material and sources of information
Demonstrate the ability to communicate through a variety of methods by:
- Writing summaries
- Preparing short essays and papers
- Utilizing a variety of presentation methods (e.g. graphs, tables, tape, drawings, posters, computer-based presentations, etc.
Clarify and discuss personal values with respect to social issues
Identify avenues for democratic participation
Channel and clarify personal values and positions in society
Recognize and respect the right of others to hold personal values and positions
Establish hypotheses concerning values and bias
Distinguish between fact and opinion
Display skills at handling content. Students should be conversant with the subject matter of the course; specifically they should:
- demonstrate knowledge of the materials
- demonstrate the ability to comment on and question the material
- identify statements that reflect consistent or contradictory views
- demonstrate the ability to generate inferences from any sources
Establish and test hypotheses concerning values
Extrapolate a common theme from disparate information
Produce research using MLA/APA standards
Write essays that demonstrate a synthesis of complex information
Interpret and evaluate information from artifacts, oral tradition, original documents and other primary sources
Generate a personal point of view about some aspect of society based on their research

Create or apply strategies to compare aspects of society


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.