Fall 2021 - GEOG 266W D100

Geography in Practice (3)

Class Number: 4300

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 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.


Course Details 

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 and asynchronous information:
-First hour of scheduled lecture time every week (Wed 2:30-3:30) is asynchronous
-Second two hours (3:30-5:20) is synchronous and mandatory


Course-Level Educational Goals

  • 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


  • Geography Journal 15%
  • Peer Collaboration & Feedback 10%
  • Engagement with guest speakers 5%
  • Geography Question Project:
  • • Question Proposal 10%
  • • Annotated Bibliography 15%
  • • Literature Review Draft 10%
  • • Literature Review Final 25%
  • • Presentation 10%


Grading Scale subject to change


Technical Requirements

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

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware 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.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.