Spring 2023 - GEOG 162 OL01
Class Number: 4421
Delivery Method: Remote
The geographical character of Canada; the Canadian environment; regional differences in socio-economic growth. Breadth-Social Sciences.
Format: Online, Asynchronous (with some optional synchronous components)
What defines Canada is not entirely clear, and may depend on how, where, and who you ask. This course introduces students to Canada’s physical, historical, and human geography. Stu- dents will develop skills necessary for recognizing, contrasting, and analyzing important geo- graphical features of regions and the country. We will consider a range of questions and topics related to how diﬀerent cultural and natural geofactors in the landscape interact with one an- other. A particular focus in Spring 2023 oﬀering will be exploring Canada’s critical geogra- phies, conceptualizing Canada as an amalgam of interrelationships between physical environ- ments, constructed places, and contested spaces. Topics may include the colonial present, place-based identities and regionalism, multiculturalism, reconciliation.
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
- Develop the ability to apply the concepts of unsettling, resistance, and resilience to Canada’s human geography
- Be able to identify distinguishing historical, socio-economic, and physical characteristics of Canada’s regions;
- Articulate basic concepts within geographic studies;
- Identify and describe the distinguishing physical, historical, and socio-economic changes in Canada over the past 10,000 years
- Develop eﬀective referencing skills to communicate research and argumentation;
- Have the tools and critical thinking skills necessary for reflecting upon Canadian regions, particularly through questioning the relationship between geofactors and socio-economic conditions;
- Research assignment (written) 30%
- Research assignment (creative presentation) 20%
- Community Learning Reflections 10%
- Class Engagement Activities 40%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
All readings and required multimedia available digitally from SFU library, as well as posted on the Canvas course page, as noted in syllabus.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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