ENVI 298
Cultural Geography Fall 2024
Division II

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Why do things happen where they do? What is the relationship between place and identity? How do history and politics shape the way people conceptualize space? What can landscapes tell us about the values, beliefs, and ideas of the people who inhabit them? Questions like these drive the vibrant field of cultural geography. Cultural geographers study how humans shape, experience, and imagine the material world. They explore the relationship between humans and their environment at scales ranging from the global to the local, and they ask how we may better understand ourselves and others by examining the places and landscapes we create. Drawing on case studies from around the world and exploring our local area, this class will survey the major theoretical, methodological, and empirical themes that have preoccupied modern geographers. Along the way, students will acquire some useful tools for making a world that is more beautiful, sustainable, and just.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1276
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Three 5-7-pages essays and several shorter writing assignments.
Prerequisites: Environmental Studies 101
Enrollment Preferences: Environmental Studies majors and concentrators.
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives
EVST Culture/Humanities

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