Summer 2021 - GEOG 100 D100

Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

Class Number: 1216

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Aug 17, 2021
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

  • Instructor:

    Jason Young
    Office Hours: Will be held over zoom and hours will posted in the first week of classes. For emails, please put GEOG 100 in subject line.



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-Humanities/Social Sciences.


Course Description
This course explores how humans shape their world from spatial and environmental perspectives. We will explore how day-to-day lives of people across the world are interconnected by social, economic, political, cultural, ecological and technological interactions. Our emphasis will be on processes that produce the spatial patterns in our world – to “tell the story behind the map” by examining the links between the global and local, the unevenness of political and economic development, interactions between society and its environment(s), and the material impacts of human activities and ideas.

Course structure
In light of COVID 19, Geography 100 will be structured as a hybrid course. The first 1.5 hours of class will be asynchronous, with a pre-recorded posted on canvas. The second 1.5 hours of class will be an optional synchronous Question & Answer / discussion hosted through Zoom. (Link will be posted on canvas in the first week of classes). In order to ensure everyone has a strong mastery of course materials the course will have weekly learning confirmation quizzes (x10 worth 2% each). These will augment lecture and build up knowledge of course materials as we move towards the midterm and final examinations.

Course Objectives
The overall purpose of this course is to provide you with a background for more advanced course work in geography and other programs in the Faculty of Environment. The course introduces the basic systematic approaches in the study of contemporary human geography including the distribution of population, spatial aspects of economic, cultural and political development, and environmental issues. This course will show you why (human) geography matters in any efforts to understand our contemporary society.

Contact:  or INBOX in Canvas


  • Midterm Exam (held synchronous) Week 5 25%
  • Chapter confirmation quizzes (10 x 2% each) 20%
  • Personal Geography assignment 20%
  • Final Exam (held synchronous) 35%



Knox, P.L., Marston, S.A., & Imort, M. (2019). Human Geography: Places and Regions in Global Context, Updated Fifth Canadian Edition. Pearson.  ISBN-10: 013484534X • ISBN-13: 9780134845340

A digital copy is available online:
ISBN-13: 9780134887692

There are a number of used physical copies of this book available but please take your health and safety into consideration if purchasing a copy (wear a mask, meet in public during the day, take a friend with you).

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in summer 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods, but we will continue to have in-person experiential activities for a selection of courses.  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 ( or 778-782-3112).