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3000 level courses

Third Year Courses are all Program courses, generally taken at third year and above.  They use the same numbering convention as in Second Year Courses.  The Program Courses are further numbered by sub-discipline, but the distinctions are not critical to program planning.

3000Y Field Methods and Practices

Departmental field trips to develop student skills in field-based observation, data collection and recording, and analysis and interpretation of human and physical landscapes.

Antirequisite(s): Geography 3001F/G.

Prerequisite(s): 3rd year status in any module in the Department of Geography except the minor; limited enrolment. Priority given to Specialization and Honors Specialization students.

Extra Information: Sessions and dates by arrangements. Students should be prepared to meet the necessary travel and living expenses. 0.5 course.

Specifics about this course (including outlines)

3001F Community-Based Methods and Practices

This is an advanced community-based experiential course that combines in-class discussions with community based research. Students will train in methodologies and ethics of working with First Nations communities. Areas of research may include but not limited to ecological restoration, land claims, self-government, education, health and wellness and urban issues.

Antirequisite(s): Geography 3000Y, First Nations Studies 4023F/G.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the Department and 3rd or 4th year status in any Specialization or Honors Specialization module in the Department of Geography.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

3210A Quantitative Analysis in Geography

Simple parametric and nonparametric statistical methods through multiple regression are introduced. Exploratory data analysis techniques are examined as a supplement to more traditional statistical methods. Geography specific techniques are also presented.

Antirequisite(s): All other senior level statistics courses numbered 2000 or above.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2210A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3211B Spatial Statistics

Topics include exploratory spatial data analysis, global and local spatial statistics, spatial autocorrelation and interpolation, spatial regression models, and geographically weighted regression. The emphasis will be on developing analytical skills with practical applications using statistical software and Geographic Information Systems.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University including Geography 2210A/B or equivalent and Geography 2220A/B or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 lab hours, 0.5 course (main campus) Limited enrollment

3222B Geographic Information Science II

Methods and techniques in Geographic Information Science. Spatial data encoding from maps and geographic database implementation. Spatial interpolation and other modeling techniques. Integration of remote sensing, GIS and Visualization. Hands-on experience using ESRI, ArcGIS software.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2210A/B and 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3223A Decision-Making with GIS

Principles of integrating GIS and Decision Analysis. Selected GIS-based decision-making techniques are applied in practical sessions. A range of applications from both public and private sector organizations are covered.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2220A/B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 practical work hours, 0.5 course.

3231B Advanced Topics in Remote Sensing

Themes to be considered may include: advanced computer analysis of digital satellite and airborne data (optical, infrared and radar), advanced image classification methods, texture analysis, change detection, automatic linear feature extraction, structural pattern recognition and remote sensing applications. Remote sensing software will be used in lab.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2230A/B or the former Geography 307a/b.

3241A Advanced Cartography

Advanced cartographic project design and implementation. Image processing, geographic information systems, remote sensing, computer graphics programming, 2- and 3- dimensional representations; interface design; data manipulation.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University including Geography 2240A/B. Geography 2220A/B or Computer Science 1026A/B or the former Computer Science 028a/b are recommended.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3250A Social Science Research Methods in Geography

A survey of a range of social scientific methods for studying humans (e.g., interviews, questionnaires); with an emphasis on research designs involving human interaction. Topics include identifying research problems, questions and designs, sources of error, ethics and values in research, methods of data collection, data analysis and presentation of findings.

Antirequisite(s): The former Geography 2250A/B (the former 237a/b).

Prerequisite(s): Two full courses in Geography and third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3311A Micrometerology.

Principles of weather and climate at micro-, local, and meso-scales; processes associated with transfer of heat, mass, and momentum and resulting climates near the surface; local winds, fog, urban climates and air pollution.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B or 2330A/B, or at least 3rd year standing in an Environmental Science or Earth Sciences program. (A 1000-1099 level course in Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, or Physics is also recommended).

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3334A Geomorphology of River Channels

The geomorphology of rivers, including fluvial hydraulics, fluvial erosion and sediment transport, river channel morphology and dynamics, channel and floodplain sedimentation, the response of rivers to human activities and environmental change, and applications to river channel management.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B or 2330A/B, or at least 3rd year standing in an Environmental Science or Earth Sciences program.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3342B Groundwater Hydrology

The distribution and movement of groundwater; evaluation and monitoring of groundwater resources with respect to their extraction, pollution and remediation.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B or 2330A/B, or 3rd year standing in an Environmental Science or Earth Sciences program.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3343A River Ecosystems

This course introduces students to riverine ecosystems. General principles of the physical, chemical and biological patterns and processes of river systems are presented in a landscape context. The course emphasizes human driven landscape changes in the health and sustainability of river systems and teaches techniques for river monitoring and assessment.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B, 2330A/B, Biology 2483A/B, 2485A/B, Earth Sciences 2230A/B

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3352B Paleolimnology and Global Environmental Change

This course provides students with an introduction to paleolimnology, which uses the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of lake sediments to determine past environments.

Prerequisite(s): One of Geography 2310A/B, 2320A/B or 2330A/B, or at least 3rd year standing in an Environmental Science or Earth Sciences program, or Biology 2483A, 2484A, 2485B.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3416F Urban Culture of Public Spaces.

A geographic investigation of urban culture focusing on the design, use and identities of urban public spaces as evidenced through systematic observations of social life in urban public settings. Relevant concepts, theories, and field methods are applied to guide and critique the investigation

Prerequisite(s): Two full courses in Geography and third or fourth year status at the University

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 laboratory hours, 0.5 course.

3422B The Geography of International Business

An examination of the spatial behavior of large corporations and the impact on regional economics. Investment pattern, interorganizational linkages and organizational change will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2420A/B, or Geography 2143A/B with a grade of at least 70%, or enrollment in the Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 seminar hour, 0.5 course.

3431B Geography of Health and Health Care

A critical examination of the major themes in the geography of health and health care. The focus will be on the importance of understanding place, space and environment as they relate to health. Geographical aspects of health inequalities, access and utilization will be explored.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2430A/B or a related 2000-level course in Health Sciences, Sociology or Psychology, or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

3432B Environmental Hazards and Human Health

This is a survey course regarding the links between human health and environmental hazard exposure. Issues will include the health impacts of water pollution, air pollution, solid and hazardous waste, toxic substances, pesticides and radiation. The limitations of models and methods are discussed.

Prerequisite(s):

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

3442F/G Geographies of Development

A thematic course on the geography of development. Common explanations for poverty and underdevelopment are critically assessed. Covers a range of scales (local, national, international, global) to demonstrate how processes operating at various scales interact to produce uneven geographical outcomes.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University. Two full courses in Geography or equivalent, or enrollment in the Minor in Environment and Culture or in any of the Global Development Studies modules, or permission of the instructor.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

3443G Energy and Power

This course investigates the political ecology of energy. Issues of politics and power, social equity, and environmental impact are examined through Canadian and international case studies. The concept of ‘energy justice’ is used both to critically assess current patterns of energy production and use and to explore more sustainable possibilities.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

3445F Global Agriculture and Food Systems

Food is a basic human need and agriculture is one of the most fundamental ways that societies interact with their habitats. This course examines the diversity of world agriculture and the rise of a dominant industrial system, focusing on both the social and environmental dimensions of agrarian change.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

3461F Land Use and Development Issues

Critical examination of current land use and development projects; students are required actively to participate in the discussions.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

3462G Land Use Planning

Basic techniques for preparing, implementing, and applying land use plans and zoning controls.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 3 seminar hours, 0.5 course.

3463G Housing

This course explores the geography of housing in North American cities from an historical perspective, with a detailed investigation of the effects of land development, construction, financing, planning, public policy, demographics and lifestyle changes on the production and consumption of residential landscapes.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 2 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

3464F Financial Feasibility of Urban Developments

The object of the course is to expose students to the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of urban form and structure. A major focus is on static development feasibility models and their application to understanding urban change. The course provides a hands-on experience for students to build financial feasibility models of urban developments.

Antirequisite(s): he former Geography 377F/G, 378F/G, and 3460E.

Prerequisite(s): Geography 2460F/G. Business Administration 2257 is strongly recommended.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

3465F Urban Economic Development and Policy

This course examines policies used in economic development to ensure growth and competitiveness of urban economies. Topics include theories of urban economic development, analytical techniques for evaluating urban economies, business recruitment and retention policies, creative economy and quality of life policies, technology policies, and place-based economic development policies.

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year status; At least one of Geography 1400F/G, 2210A/B, 2220A/B, 2420A/B or 2460F/G.

Extra Information: 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 0.5 course.

3901B Selected Topics in Geography

Consult the Department of Geography for details of course offering.

Prerequisite(s):Two full courses or equivalent in Geography. Third or fourth year status at the University.

Extra Information:3 hours, 0.5 course.