People, Places and Cultures in Global Context

Faculteit University College Groningen
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode UCG1AC10A
Vaknaam People, Places and Cultures in Global Context
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam People, Places and Cultures in Global Context
Leerdoelen Students learn to:
• Recognize the distinctiveness of geography as a scientific discipline
• Define and explain key concepts, themes and approaches in Human Geography
• Recognise and interpret the influence of globalization at different scales and in different sites
• Characterise and critically analyse the changing interconnections among people, places and things
• Study a topic (e.g. globalization, sustainability, social inequality, health, ...) from a geographic perspective
In addition, students will:
• Gain basic skills in reading geographic information in maps, tables and graphs
• Further develop skills in written and verbal communication, critical thinking and independent learning
Omschrijving This course provides an introduction to Human Geography. In a nutshell, it explores relationships between the earth, human activities and contemporary issues. In doing so, the course introduces thinking 'geographically', which refers to understanding, interpreting, and representing the human world in ways that emphasize spatial relations, spatial processes, and relationships to the physical space around us. As a result, students will see the relevance of geographic concepts as applied to human problems and achievements. By the end of the course, students will be able to think critically about, as well as explain, some of the ways in which 'geography matters' in terms of the dynamic flows of international relations, cultures, politics and economies and the people and institutions involved. Ideally, the course will enable a lifelong and sustained geographical imagination that will help students confront tomorrow’s global, national, regional and local challenges.

The course handbook is Knox, P.L. and Marston, S. (2016) Human Geography. Places and Regions in Global Context (7th edition). This textbook emphasizes globalization and interdependence of places and processes, such as flows of goods, services and people, across the globe. The contents of the book explore how such processes change local places in uneven and unequal ways, and how different (groups of) people are affected in different ways, for example in terms of outcomes such as accessing food, education, paid work, housing, etc.

The field of Human Geography comprises different geographic subfields, and these, too, will be featured during this course. Specifically, these subfields are: economic geography, social and cultural geography, population geography, environmental geography, urban geography and political geography. Guest lectures will include specialists in various fields covered by the course text.

Geography is to a great extent an applied discipline as well as a means of understanding the world, and the activities undertaken during this course are meant to address both of these aspects. The principles, concepts, theoretical frameworks and approaches introduced will enable students to pursue more specialized studies hereafter.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Seminar
Toetsvorm Assignments
(Assignments consist of a group writing assignment, an individual writing assignment, and a GIS assignment.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator S. van Lanen
Docent(en) S. van Lanen
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Human Geography. Places and Regions in Global Context. Pearson Knox and Marston (2016) 978-1-292-10947-3 ca. €  70,00
Opmerkingen This course counts as either a Humanities course or a Social Sciences course. Course can be taken in block 1 or 2.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Academic Core - semester I a verplicht
Culture and Social Change  (Electives Year 1) - semester I a verplicht
Health and Life Sciences  (Electives Year 1) - semester I a verplicht
International Business and Entrepreneurship  (Electives Year 1) - semester I a verplicht
International Relations and International Law - semester I a verplicht
Liberal Arts and Sciences  (Year 1) - semester I a keuzegroep
Mind Machines and Morality  (Electives) - semester I a verplicht
Mind and Behaviour - semester I a verplicht
Philosophy, Politics and Economics - semester I a verplicht
Smart Technologies  (Electives) - semester I a verplicht
Societies and Cultures in Transition - semester I a verplicht