Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
GEO 105
Course Title:
Introduction to Human Geography
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Course Description

Introduces key geographic themes of location, place, region, human-environment interaction, and mobility. Includes an examination of spatial patterns of topics such as language, religion, culture, population, cooperation and conflict, natural resources, migration, and political organization. Addresses these topics at varying scales and with respect to their influence on the global landscape. Focuses on current issues and events. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Use historical and current maps, as well as emerging geographic technologies, as tools for viewing the world.
  • Analyze current human-environment interactions in order to more knowledgeably respond to global climate issues.
  • Analyze historical and current religious, linguistic, and political landscapes in order to guide and influence engagement in increasingly diverse local, national, and international societies.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following:

  • In-class, written responses
  • Multiple choice exams
  • Written results of class labs and exercises
  • Book reviews, article reviews and library projects
  • Field observation exercises and projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • Maps and geographic methods
  • GPS and GIS
  • Environmental perception theme
  • Human-environment theme
  • Regional theme
  • Spatial theme
  • Cultural landscape theme

Competencies and Skills:

  • Demonstrate how to use maps and other geographic representations to interpret the world and to analyze world events.
  • Demonstrate how to use mental maps to organize information.
  • Demonstrate how to analyze spatial organization and spatial interaction, and how to use those ideas in making locational decisions.
  • Demonstrate how people create regions of various types to simplify and thus help interpret the Earth's complexity.
  • Demonstrate how culture and experiences influence people's perception of places and regions.
  • Demonstrate how humans' actions modify the physical environment; how societies can devise solutions for environmental change.
  • Demonstrate how physical systems affect human systems, and how perceptions of natural hazards affect responses to them.