Spring 2021 - GEOG 266W D100

Geography in Practice (3)

Class Number: 2776

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Prerequisites:

    One of: GEOG 100, GEOG 102, GEOG 104, GEOG 111.



An introduction to what geographers do in applied contexts, how geographic concepts relate to applied skills, and how to communicate what geography is and why geographical approaches are useful. The course will emphasize written and oral communication skills through regular writing assignments, feedback, and direct engagement with professional geographers. Writing.


An introduction to what geographers do in applied contexts, how geographic concepts relate to applied skills, and how to communicate what geography is and why geographical approaches are useful. The course will emphasize collaboration and communication skills through regular writing assignments and feedback, in which each student will develop and grapple with their own geographical Question. Students will engage with guest speakers through the Geography in Practice Online Speakers Series, in which geographers working in diverse professional fields will be interviewed.  

Synchronous  Lecture:
-first half of scheduled lecture time every week (Tues 2:30-4:00) is asynchronous
- second half (4:00-5:20) is synchronous



  • Iteratively monitor and improve your own process of learning
  • Find information regarding geography topics from a variety of media types
  • Evaluate whether or not information is relevant and useful, and any potential biases
  • Read scientific papers for key concepts, and identify the basis for the authors’ conclusions in the data and analysis
  • Synthesize geographical information from a variety of sources and viewpoints
  • Formulate and ask relevant questions
  • Communicate a coherent synthesis of a topic in geography, both orally and in writing, demonstrating awareness of audience
  • Collaborate effectively and efficiently with peers


  • Peer collaboration & feedback 15%
  • Engagement with guest speakers 5%
  • Geography Journal 5%
  • Question Proposal 5%
  • Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • Literature Review 25%
  • Blog Post 20%
  • 3-minutes + 3-slides presentation 10%


Grading Scale subject to change



Technical requirement:

-Access to a computer with reliable internet connection and working microphone

-Microsoft Office software (can be downloaded for free from SFU)


Title: Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences, Seventh Edition
Author: Margot Northey
ISBN: 9780199026807

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).