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We begin our course by looking at five themes in human geography. Those themes are listed below and are linked at the top of the page. When we begin to look at world regions - South Asia, Europe, Middle American, Sub-Saharan Africa, etc - we will do so within the framework of those five themes. We will look at each region's (1) physical, (2) cultural, (3) demographic, (4) economic and (5) political characteristics. It's important, then, that you take the time to grasp the concepts under each of those five themes or you'll be lost when we look at the world's regions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Physical Geography

The Effects of Physical Geography

Atmospheric Features

Hydrospheric Features

Biospheric Features

Lithospheric Features

Human Impact on the Environment

 

 

 

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Demography / Population Geography

The world's population is in 4 major clusters:

1) East Asia            2) South Asia

3) Europe               4) Eastern US

Theory

Population Processes

Demographic Measures and Formulas

Migration

Four Surprises in Global Demography

The Demographic Transition Model and Population Pyramids

Additional Resources

 

 

 

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Cultural Geography

A wide-ranging, comprehensive field that studies spatial aspects of human cultures.

Culture: shared patterns of learned behavior involving beliefs, institutions, technology, etc.

Major components focus on:

o   cultural landscapes

o   cultural hearths

o   cultural diffusion

o   cultural environments

o   cultural regions

Definition of Culture

Cultural Hearth

Cities and Culture

Cultural Convergence

Cultural Divergence

Cultural Conflict

Language

Religion

Migration

Ethnic Geography

Primary Industry

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Political Geography

A subfield within the human branch of geography

The study of the interaction of geographic area and political process

The spatial analysis of political phenomena and processes

State: a politically organized territory, administered by a sovereign government and recognized by a significant portion of the international community

A state must also contain:

o        A permanent resident population

o        An organized economy

o        A functioning internal circulation system

Nation: examples of stateless nations: the Cherokee Nation, the Palestinians, the Kurds

Nation-State: a country whose population possesses a substantial degree of cultural homogeneity and unity

Definitions

Geographic Aspects

Types of Governments

Political Conflict

 

 

 

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Economic Geography

Patterns of development

Economic conditions (World Bank groupings):

High income

Upper-middle income

Lower-middle income

Low income

Core areas versus peripheries

Move Toward Capitalism

Free Trade

Measures of Economic Development

Economic Activities

Economic Systems

Development

More Developed vs. Less Developed

Human Development Index

Models to Know

 

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