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Focus Areas

In both of the department's majors –Geography and Urban Studies and Environmental Studies - students are encouraged to take a broad range of courses from across the discipline of geography and fields of urban and environmental studies. We encourage our students to acquire a second language and work closely to help them incorporate a semester abroad into their plan of study. Within this department, you may select courses in four general areas: Social Justice, Globalization, Sustainability, and Geographic Methods , described below with associated courses. In either major, it is possible to incorporate courses from other departments. For more information on courses in both majors, see the Undergraduate Courses page or the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Globalization

We are interested in studying the diverse processes that constitute globalization and its impacts on urban conditions and people's daily lives in cities in both US and international contexts. Our interest is in the urban and regional dimensions of these changes: in labor markets, labor flows, immigration, and welfare state restructuring; identity, culture, and concepts of citizenship; and social and cultural processes in domestic and international settings.

 

Courses include:

1025. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: IS.
1031. Geography of World Affairs (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IS.
2031. Economic Geography (3 s.h.) F.
2032. Urban Systems in a Global Economy (3 s.h.)
2073. African Development (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IS.
2074. East and South Asia (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: IS.
3073. Geography of Travel and Tourism (3 s.h.)
3097. Environment & Development (3 s.h.) Core: WI.
4021. Urbanization in Developing Areas (3 s.h.)
4056. Political Ecology (3 s.h.)
4075. Regional Development in the Third World (3 s.h.) S.

Social Justice

We are interested in how globalization affects local and regional development and how it contributes to changing economic, social, and environmental inequalities both between and within places, with different populations having different life chances depending on their social and geographic location. Our research focuses on the intersection of place and inequality (including gender, race/ethnicity and economic inequalities) both within and between US and international contexts, individual and collective action for equity, and the actors and the process of policy making at multiple scales.

 

Courses include:

1021. Urban Society: Race, Class, and Community (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: RN.
1025. World Urban Patterns (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: IS.
1051. Environment and Society (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IN.
2032. Urban Systems in a Global Economy (3 s.h.)
2051. Urban Environment (3 s.h.) S.
3013. African Americans in Philadelphia (3 s.h.) F.
3016. Contemporary Issues in City Planning (3 s.h.)
3051. Environmental Policy Issues (3 s.h.) F.
4012. Urban Ethnicity (3 s.h.) F.
4013. Drugs in Urban Society (3 s.h.)
4018. Economic Development Planning for Cities (3 s.h.) S.
4044. Urban Housing (3 s.h.) F.
4056. Political Ecology (3 s.h.)
4075. Regional Development in the Third World (3 s.h.) S.

Sustainability

Sustainability invokes questions across a multitude of spatial scales and is deeply interrelated with the department's social justice, globalization, and geographic methods themes. Our work focuses on local quality-of-life and justice issues within larger political, social, and economic contexts. Current themes include urban food systems, sprawled development patterns, land use/land cover analysis, urban ecology, environmental justice, public health outcomes, and comparative dimensions of environmental sustainability at the national and global scales. Many students interested in sustainability pursue a major in Environmental Studies (ES), or double major in ES and GUS.

 

Courses include:

1051. Environment and Society (3 s.h.) F S. Core: IN.
1052. Introduction to the Physical Environment (4 s.h.) F S. Core: SB.
2051. Urban Environment (3 s.h.) S.
3016. Contemporary Issues in City Planning (3 s.h.)
3051. Environmental Policy Issues (3 s.h.) F.
3052. Environmental Problems in Asia (3 s.h.)
3054. Energy, Resources, and Conservation (3 s.h.) S.
3097. Environment & Development (3 s.h.) Core: WI.
4012. Urban Ethnicity (3 s.h.) F.
4044. Urban Housing (3 s.h.) F.
4051. Geography of Hazards (3 s.h.)
4056. Political Ecology (3 s.h.)
4082. Independent Study Environmental Geography (3 s.h.) F S.
4096. Problems of Environmental Quality (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

Geographic Methods

Among the most important new methods of the last two decades is geographical analysis. Departmental research addresses a wide range of quantitative, qualitative and representational approaches, relying heavily on spatial analytics and information technologies, including GIS and environmental remote sensing. Many of our research projects also incorporate qualitative methods, community-based research, and policy analysis.

 

Courses include:

3001. Images of the City in Popular Culture (3 s.h.)
3016. Contemporary Issues in City Planning (3 s.h.)
3051. Environmental Policy Issues (3 s.h.) F.
3061. Fundamentals of Cartography (3 s.h.) F.
3062. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (3 s.h.) F S.
3063. Environmental Remote Sensing (3 s.h.)
4018. Economic Development Planning for Cities (3 s.h.) S.
4019. Community Development Workshop (3 s.h.)
4061. Cartographic Production (3 s.h.) S.
4065. Applications in Geographic Information Systems (3 s.h.) S.
4087. Mapping Practicum I (3 s.h.) F S.
4197. Research Methods in Geography & Urban Studies (3 s.h.) S. Core: WI.

 

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