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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOG 308 - Cultural Geography

Spatial aspects of human cultures and landscapes.

Prerequisites: GEOG 208 (Formerly GEOG 108) or instructor permission.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes, Activities and Assessments

Learner Outcome

Activity (optional)


Students will identify key elements of human culture and their manifestations in the landscape at a variety of scales.


In-class discussions and written exercises, combined with at least two in-depth written essays on various components of culture.

Students will be able to identify and analyze the socio- economic, political, religious, and technological forces affecting the connections between places.


Through a 7-10  page paper, each student will use spatial concepts and spatial reasoning to evaluate the economic, cultural, political, and/or technological forces affecting the connections between a specific place and the rest of the world.

Describe the diffusion and adaptation of a cultural trait or technological innovation effectively using concepts taught  in the course.


Through an analytical paper requiring a literature review, each student will identify the diffusion and adaptation of some cultural trait (e.g., sushi) or technological innovation (e.g.,Twitter).

Students will develop an understanding of the emergence of cultural geography as a sub discipline, including major paradigms and approaches to the geography of culture.


Two or more short-answer and essay questions exams that assess student understanding of concepts, themes, and definitions.

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