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Department of Geography | Faculty of Environment Simon Fraser University Calendar | Spring 2020

Human Geography Major

Bachelor of Arts

Students must complete 120 units including 45 upper division units.

Transfer students may enter the program before fulfilling all lower division requirements. See the advisor as soon as possible about program entry.

Students should consult with the advisor when formally declaring a geography major, or risk prolonging their program.

Program Requirements

Students complete 120 units, as specified below.

Lower Division Requirements

Students complete all of

GEOG 100 - Our World: Introducing Human Geography (3)

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-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Blomley
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
EDB 7618, Burnaby
SSCC 9002, Burnaby
GEOG 111 - Earth Systems (3)

An introduction to landforms, climates, soils and vegetation; their origins, distributions, interrelationships and roles in the ecosystem. Laboratory work and field trips are included. Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Perkins
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
D103 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D104 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D105 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D106 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D107 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 5118, Burnaby
D108 Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D109 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D110 We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
GEOG 221 - Economic Worlds (3)

The fundamentals of economics geography, the study of the forces that shape the arrangement of economic activity in the real world. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
GEOG 241 - People, Place, Society (3)

An introduction to key concepts and contexts in contemporary geographical approaches to social practices, meanings, and struggles. Prerequisite: GEOG 100. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Margaret Ramirez
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
D102 Mo 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103 Mo 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5050, Burnaby
GEOG 261 - Encountering the City (3)

An introduction to key concepts and themes in contemporary geographical approaches to cities and urbanization. Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or 102. Breadth-Social Sciences.

GEOG 266W - Geography in Practice (3)

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

and one of

GEOG 213 - Introduction to Geomorphology (3)

An examination of landforms, processes, laws, and theories of development; types and distributions. Prerequisite: GEOG 111 or EASC 101. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Jonathan Cripps
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2220, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2533, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3513, Burnaby
GEOG 214 - Weather and Climate (3)

An examination of the basic principles and processes governing the Earth's weather and climate. Topics include: radiation, greenhouse effect, clouds, precipitation, atmospheric circulation, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical storms, climate change. Prerequisite: GEOG 111. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Kirsten Zickfeld
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
GEOG 215 - Biogeography (3)

An introduction to the planetary biosphere, its living organisms, and their interactions with each other and the Earth system. Prerequisite: GEOG 111.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andres Varhola
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3148.1, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5049, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D104 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby

and both of

GEOG 251 - Quantitative Geography (3)

An introduction to basic quantitative techniques for the collection of geographic data. Topics include describing data, gathering samples, theoretical distributions, linking samples and populations, testing significance, and exploring spatial relationships all within practical, real-world application contexts. Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or 111. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shivanand Balram
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
GEOG 255 - Geographical Information Science I (3)

A basic overview of Geographical Information Systems and Science; GIS software, hardware, data structures and models; spatial data, operations and algorithms; practical applications and limitations. Prerequisite: GEOG 100 or 111 or permission of instructor. Students with credit for GEOG 354 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Hedley
Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
D101 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D102 Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D103 Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby

and one of

FNST 101 - Introduction to First Nations Studies (3)

Introduces the nature and goals of First Nations Studies as an academic discipline that emphasizes cultures and homelands of First Peoples. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
C100 Distance Education
D100 Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D200 Joyce Schneider
Fr 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
E100 We 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
SWH 9095, Burnaby
FNST 286 - Indigenous Peoples and British Columbia: An Introduction (3)

Study of Indigenous peoples of BC and effects of historical and political processes on their livelihoods and homelands. Overview of indigeneity and connection to urbanization. Examines linguistic diversity and endangered state of BC First Nations languages; Indigenous ethnography; land rights movement; traditional cultural practices/beliefs; and social, educational and economic disparity. Prerequisite: Recommended: FNST 101. Students who have taken SA 286 previously may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Joyce Schneider
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 9095, Burnaby
P100 Joyce Schneider
Th 8:30 AM – 11:20 AM
SWH 9095, Burnaby

Upper Division Requirements

At least one upper division course must be a 400-level course. One of the choices must also be a W course to satisfy the student's upper division Writing requirement.

Economy & Politics (choose 3)

GEOG 321 - Geographies of Global Capitalism (4)

Examines the historical development, spatial organization, and social impact of market function, firm structure and operation, economic policy, and regulation and deregulation at various scales from local to global, from a geographical perspective. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

GEOG 322W - World Resources (4)

An analysis of the use and development of natural resources from a geographic, economic and institutional perspective. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. Students with credit for GEOG 322 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

GEOG 328 - Labour Geographies (4)

An examination of contemporary debates in Labour Geography, surveying geographical approaches to work and employment. Lectures will explore the relationships between space, place and labour market change in the context of globalization and uneven development. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or LBST 101. Students with credit for LBST 328 may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 381W - Territory, Power, State (4)

Surveys the manner in which power relations are expressed territorially. Attention given to such topics as state sovereignty, colonialism, rights, and law. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. Students with credit for GEOG 381 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

GEOG 389W - Nature and Society (4)

Examines the relationship between nature and society, covering the dominant geographical approaches to human-environment interaction, and their social, spatial, and political economic effects. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Rosemary-Claire Collard
Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
D101 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
D102 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 7101, Burnaby
D104 We 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SWH 10075, Burnaby
GEOG 421 - Geographical Political Economy (4)

Examines the historical development of the material spaces and places affected by changing capitalist dynamics and the dominant theories through which they are explained, legitimized, and criticized, from a geographical perspective. Prerequisite: GEOG 321. Students who received credit for GEOG 421 (STT), Advanced Contemporary Capitalism, may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 423 - Capitalist Natures (4)

An exploration of our political, social, and economic systems, their ecological limitations, and related questions of inequality. It explores the histories, dynamics, logics, effects, and limitations of these systems. The evolution and effects of capitalism, specifically with respect to nonhuman natures, will be a focus. Prerequisite: GEOG 321 or GEOG 389W.

GEOG 428 - World Forests (4)

Comparative analysis of forest industries, ecosystems and policies, and their lessons for forest management in British Columbia. Topics include tropical deforestation and carbon sequestration, the wilderness debate, and forests in culture and the visual arts. Prerequisite: GEOG 315, or 322, or 389.

GEOG 440 - Property, Land, Society (4)

An examination of property, particularly in relation to land, with an emphasis on its social, political, and spatial dimensions. Prerequisite: 60 units, including eight of upper division geography. Students with credit for GEOG 440W may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Blomley
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby
D101 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 2501, Burnaby

Society & Space (choose 3)

GEOG 312 - Geography of Natural Hazards (4)

An introduction to the occurrence and origin of natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, landslides, etc. Interaction between the relevant natural processes and society will be examined, as well as prediction of natural events and the amelioration of the effects of such events within different cultural contexts. Prerequisite: GEOG 111 or EASC 101. Students with credit for GEOG 212 may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Perkins
Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5038, Burnaby
D103 Fr 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
D104 Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5051, Burnaby
GEOG 325 - Geographies of Consumption (4)

Spaces, places, landscapes, and scales of consumption emphasizing commodity cultures, marketing, retail, ideology, subjectivity, objects, technology, and tourism. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Paul Kingsbury
Th 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
D101 Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 5028, Burnaby
D102 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
D103 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 4115, Burnaby
GEOG 327 - Geography of Tourism (4)

Factors underlying the changing geography of tourism. Issues of demand, supply and impact are examined. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Patrick Brouder
Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SWH 10061, Burnaby
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5035, Burnaby
D102 Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
GEOG 377 - Environmental History (4)

Examines the reciprocal influences between humans and nature through time. Topics may include settlement, agriculture, technology, politics, urbanization, science, and conservation. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100. Students with credit for HIST 377 may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 382 - World on the Move (4)

The world is on the move. Migrants seeking better opportunities cross paths with refugees fleeing persecution. Some are helped and welcomed, many encounter barriers and threats, while identities, including class, race, gender, sexuality, mediate their prospects. This course's geographic perspective clarifies these complexities by combining conceptual analyses with contemporary cases. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Melora Koepke
Mo 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
D101 Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
AQ 5017, Burnaby
D102 Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 5027, Burnaby
GEOG 386 - Health Geography (4)

A survey of health issues from a geographic perspective, including major spatial influences shaping the health status of populations and health-place relationships. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

GEOG 387 - Geography and Gender (4)

Geographical perspectives on gender and sexuality. This course investigates feminist theory in geography and its analysis of home, city, nation, state, global economy, colonialism, and migration. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

GEOG 432 - Problems in Environmental History (4)

An investigation into the major themes and arguments in the environmental histories of North America, emphasizing how different individuals and groups have used, perceived, and managed their environments over time. Prerequisite: 60 units including eight of upper division geography. Students with credit for HIST 432 or HIST 485 in 2001-3 may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 486 - Health Care Geographies (4)

An in-depth examination of health care and health services from a health geography perspective, including place-based considerations of care spaces, health human resources, and new forms of health care. Prerequisite: GEOG 386 or HSCI 305.

Urbanization & Urbanism (choose 3)

GEOG 324 - Geography of Transportation (4)

An empirical and theoretical examination of the geographical aspects of transportation systems. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Leanne Roderick
Th 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
D101 Th 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
D102 Th 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
GEOG 362W - Geography of Urban Built Environments (4)

Current concepts and approaches in urban geography regarding the development of built environments. Central concerns are the relationships between urbanization and the state, capital, and civil society at various scales. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100. Students with credit for GEOG 362 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Eugene McCann
Fr 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 1425, Vancouver
D101 Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1525, Vancouver
D102 Fr 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 1525, Vancouver
GEOG 363 - Urban Planning and Policy (4)

An introduction to the major approaches and key ideas of the professions of urban governance; urban planning and urban policy. Through a focus on contemporary theory, process-based understanding, and specific issues and examples, the course examines key trends and interventions and promotes critical reflection on urban development. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

GEOG 364 - Cities and Crisis (4)

An examination of urban geographies of crisis, concentrating on what crisis is, what it is used for, how it is differentially experienced, and how it is distributed unevenly. Case studies of environmental, economic, social, and political crises are the main focus. The course concludes by addressing the future(s) of cities. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

GEOG 385 - Food and the City (4)

An exploration of how food is related to cities, giving particular attention to the culture and politics of food production, distribution, and consumption. Prerequisite: At least 45 units, including GEOG 100 or REM 100.

GEOG 424 - Cities, Transportation, Infrastructure (4)

An exploration of the relationships between the development of cities, transportation, and infrastructure from an economic geography perspective. Greater Vancouver provides a location to explore, apply, and critique the theoretical perspectives presented in seminar. Prerequisite: One of GEOG 323, 324, 362, or 363.

GEOG 442 - A World of Cities (4)

An exploration of how cities shape the contemporary globalized world, focusing on key contemporary academic approaches. Highlights geographical and multi-disciplinary work on global-urban relations, networks, structures, and mobilities. Prerequisite: 60 credit hours, including Geog 362. Students who have taken GEOG 442 STT, Global Cities, may not take this course for further credit.

GEOG 449 - City and Environment (4)

The city as human-natural system; its processes and interactions in urban environmental policy and practice; with attention to historical and theoretical context. Prerequisite: 60 units, or enrolment in a Sustainable Community Development program; and one of GEOG 362, 363, or SCD 301.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Annika Airas
Mo 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
HCC 2205, Vancouver
D101 Mo 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 2205, Vancouver

Methods & Analysis (choose 1)

GEOG 351 - Multimedia Cartography (4)

Elements of cartographic analysis, design and visualization, with an emphasis on digital mapping, animation techniques, cartographic software and internet mapping. Prerequisite: GEOG 255. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Shivanand Balram
Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 2202, Burnaby
D101 We 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
D102 We 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
D103 We 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
GEOG 352 - Spatial Analysis (4)

Advanced quantitative techniques for spatial analysis of geographic data and patterns. Topics include geostatistics, spatial interpolation, autocorrelation, kriging, and their use in geographic problem solving with spatial analysis software. Prerequisite: GEOG 251 or one of STAT 201, 203 (formerly 103), 205, or 270. Quantitative.

GEOG 355 - Geographical Information Science II (4)

An examination of technical components of GIS. Topics include spatial representations, generalization and data management; computational algebra and set theory; digital surfaces and terrain models. Prerequisite: GEOG 255. Quantitative.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Aateka Shashank
Tu 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D102 Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
D103 We 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3148.2, Burnaby
GEOG 356 - 3D Geovisualization (4)

3D geovisualization methods, concepts and theory. Bridges conventional geographic visualization with emerging 3D methods. Emphasizes user-centered design and cognitive implications. Prerequisite: GEOG 255.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Nicholas Hedley
Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
WMC 3220, Burnaby
D101 Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby
D102 Tu 4:30 PM – 6:20 PM
RCB 6136, Burnaby

and any additional upper division courses, in geography or across the University, will be required to complete a minimum of 45 upper division units.

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students admitted to Simon Fraser University beginning in the fall 2006 term must meet writing, quantitative and breadth requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

WQB Graduation Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required to earn W, Q or B credit

Requirement

Units

Notes
W - Writing

6

Must include at least one upper division course, taken at Simon Fraser University within the student’s major subject
Q - Quantitative

6

Q courses may be lower or upper division
B - Breadth

18

Designated Breadth Must be outside the student’s major subject, and may be lower or upper division
6 units Social Sciences: B-Soc
6 units Humanities: B-Hum
6 units Sciences: B-Sci

6

Additional Breadth 6 units outside the student’s major subject (may or may not be B-designated courses, and will likely help fulfil individual degree program requirements)

Students choosing to complete a joint major, joint honours, double major, two extended minors, an extended minor and a minor, or two minors may satisfy the breadth requirements (designated or not designated) with courses completed in either one or both program areas.

 

Residency Requirements and Transfer Credit

  • At least half of the program's total units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.
  • At least two thirds of the program's total upper division units must be earned through Simon Fraser University study.

Elective Courses

In addition to the courses listed above, students should consult an academic advisor to plan the remaining required elective courses.