First Year Courses

All first year Geography courses are initially restricted to first year students during the priority enrolment period.
These courses are open to upper-year Arts and Science students on August 5th, 2016.

JEG100H1    Introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences

2016 Fall term: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3pm plus practical, Professor Sarah Finkelstein

This introduction to Physical Geography and Earth Sciences examines the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and biosphere, emphasizing processes, flows of energy and materials, and the interconnectedness of these Earth systems. Specific topics include weather and climate, earth materials, geological and geomorphic processes involved in the genesis of landforms, river systems, glaciers, soils, and biomes. Five laboratory meetings during the term. This is a Science course that fulfills Breadth Requirement 4: Living Things and Their Environment.

GGR101H1    Ancient Civilizations and their Environments

2017 Winter term: Thursdays 2-4pm, Instructor Peter Bikoulis

The course will focus on the processes that drive environmental change and how past societies have responded to the constraints that these impose. The emphasis is on the current interglacial, the Holocene, and how increasing population and technology has affected human-environment interactions. This is a Science course that fulfills Breadth Requirement 4: Living Things and Their Environment.

GGR107H1    Environment, Food and People

2016 Fall term, Fridays 10am-12pm plus tutorial, Professor Sarah Wakefield

Examines the relations between food, nature, and society. Food is fundamental to human existence, and central to most cultures; it also has significant and widespread effects on the physical environment. This course uses food as a lens to explore human-environment interactions locally and globally. It serves as an introduction to environmental geography. This is a Social Science course that fulfills Breadth Requirement 3: Society and its Institutions.

GGR112H1    Geographies of Globalization, Development and Inequality

2016 Fall term, Wednesdays 10am-12pm plus tutorial, Instructor Lia Frederiksen

Economic development and underdevelopment are taking shape in an increasingly interconnected global context. This course examines geographic approaches to “Third World” development, economic globalization, poverty, and inequality. It pays particular attention to the roles of rural-urban and international migration in shaping specific landscapes of development. This is a Social Science course that fulfills Breadth Requirement 3: Society and its Institutions

GGR124H1    Urbanization, Contemporary Cities and Urban Life

2016 Fall term, Wednesdays 6-8pm plus tutorial, Instructor Damian Dupuy
2017 Winter term, Wednesdays 6-8pm or Thursdays 2-4pm plus tutorial, Professor Deborah Cowen

Offers an introduction to North American cities and urbanization in a global context. It explores social, cultural, political and economic forces, processes, and events that shape contemporary urbanism. The course adopts the lens of ‘fixity’ and ‘flow’ to examine how the movement of people, ideas, goods, and capital, as well as their containment in the infrastructure and space of the city, give rise to particular urban forms. This is a Social Science course that fulfills Breadth Requirement 3: Society and its Institutions.