Experiential Learning

GEOG 324 - Geography of Transportation

In Transport Geography (GEOG 324), students are asked to confront the taken-for-granted and place-shaping role of transportation. In the first class meeting students take a walk through downtown Vancouver and are asked to identify elements of the transportation system and are challenged to answer questions such as: How has/does this transportation element influence the surrounding urban environment and its use? What places, people and opportunities does the transportation element give access to? Who benefits from this accessibility? Does the transportation element limit the mobility, accessibility or activities of anyone? In another exercise, students are asked to compare and contrast two Skytrain Stations in order to reveal the relationships between station design, surrounding land use patterns, and human activities within the transit precinct. In most terms, transport experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors are invited to speak to the class.