Introduction to Geography [CRN 31310]

Discipline: Geography
Instructor: Burnett
Credits: 3
Day: A
Start: 1100
End: 1220
Field Work: Day 1 | January 12, 2019 | Hawaii, United States
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

In this course, students will be introduced to the multidisciplinary field of Geography—a discipline that straddles natural and social sciences as well as humanities. Topics in physical geography include weather/climate, biogeography, and geomorphology; while topics in human geography include cultural, economic, political and urban studies.

As a survey course, the primary objective is to offer students insight into the conceptual terms and perspectives used in geography and how these are deployed in the field and for research. Space, place, global, local, scale, culture, nature, identity and image are but few of these terms to be introduced. These will be placed in the context of societal and environmental processes that equip the student to understand and come to terms with observable phenomena in different locations on the Earth. Throughout the course, some key tools of geographical analysis will be introduced and through fieldwork students will be required to demonstrate skills in using the introduced concepts and tools.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the breadth of the discipline of geography.
  • Be able to describe the differences and complementarities of human and physical geography
  • Recognize the interconnectedness of people, places, and environment.
  • Learn about the tools that geographers use.
  • Develop map-reading skills
  • Perceive the role that geography plays in our day‐to‐day lives.

Field Work

Country: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1
Date: January 12, 2019

Hawaii Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is only about a 30-minute drive from Honolulu. We will first stop at the Marine Education Center, where we will view exhibits to learn more about the major efforts that were made to restore the fragile eco-system. Visitors are required to watch a brief video upon arrival about safety, interacting with sea creatures. We then have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon snorkeling.  Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the ocean because of their high biodiversity. We will do a short lab exercise to learn how scientists evaluate biodiversity while snorkeling in Hanauma Bay.
Learning Objectives:  
Learn about the geography of Hanauma bay and Hawaii’s conservation efforts.
Observe the interaction between visitors and the native species in this heavily visited park.
Learn the history/geography of farmed fish in Paepae o He’eia.
Gain a basic understanding of biodiversity and aquatic geography.