Spring 2020 - GEOG 100 D100

Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

Class Number: 3158

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Mon, 10:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Jan 6 – Apr 9, 2020: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 16, 2020
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Instructor:

    Nicholas Blomley
    1 778 782-3713
    Office: RCB 7131



A geographical introduction to how humans shape our world, with attention also given to how it shapes us. Themes may include: culture, economic activities, environmental change, globalization, politics, population, resources, and urbanization. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course provides an introduction to human geography and offers tools and concepts for understanding our dynamic world. We will explore the nature and diversity of human geography and develop an appreciation for the world we live in as well as for the reciprocal relationships that exist between people and places. This course provides insights into contemporary global issues such as population growth; economic development and poverty; agriculture and food security; culture and identity; human-environment interactions; and cities and urbanization. These issues will be explored from a geographical perspective and will allow students to engage with some of ‘big questions’ of the day, such as sustainability and globalization.  

The goal is to introduce students both to how geographers think, and what they think about. The class welcomes undergraduate students in all fields of study. It is designed to prepare those who will continue in the geography program, while also providing non-geographers with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of geographic thinking.

There will be NO tutorials during the first week of class.


  • • Online homework and quizzes 20%
  • • 5 in-class mini-papers 10%
  • • Midterm 30%
  • • Final 40%



Paul Knox, Sallie Marston & Michael Imort: NEW Modified Mastering Geography with Pearson eText -- Standalone Access Card -- for Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context, Updated Fifth Canadian Edition – isbn 9780134845333 (available in the SFU bookstore)

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