This course traces the development of present-day attitudes concerning the complex
interrelationship between people and the environment. Students examine both "determinist" and
"possibilist" views and focus on topics such as resource exploitation, population growth, and the
impact of human activities on the environment.
The main purpose of GEOG 1191 is to introduce you to the contemporary geography of
human-environment relationships. The course may provide you with some insights into, and
questions about, your own relationships with your environment. Once you have finished the course,
you should be able to:
- Identify changing ideas used by geographers in their attempt to understand human-environment
- Understand and implement basic concepts on maps and mapping.
- Consider how individuals and societies perceive and behave in their environment and
understand the relationships that arise from those perceptions.
- Appreciate the important role that ecological thinking has had in the development of human
- Analyze the concept of the ecosystem model, and discuss how the model of the ecosystem is
used by geographers.
- Discuss the changing uses of environmental resources and modifications of the environment
that have occurred in different cultures and past time periods.
- Describe contemporary human impacts on land and soil, atmosphere and climate, water, and
GEOG 1191 includes the following five units:
- Unit 1 (Modules 1, 2, and 3): Introduction, Historical Evolution of Geographic Thought, and
Maps and Mapping
- Unit 2 (Modules 4 and 5): The Importance of the Perceived Environment
- Unit 3 (Modules 6 and 7): The Role of Ecology in Human Geography
- Unit 4 (Modules 8 and 9): Human-Environment Interactions
- Unit 5 (Modules 10, 11, and 12): Human-Environment Interactions--Limitations
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Norton, W., & Mercier, M. (2019). Human geography (10th ed.). Don Mills, ON:
Oxford University Press.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-0-19-903293-8.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, you must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the
overall course and 50% or higher on the mandatory Final Project and Final Exam.
The following table shows how your final grade will be determined for this course:
|Assignment 1: Unit 1, Modules 1-3: Introduction, Historical Evolution of Geographic
Thought, and Maps and Mapping
|Assignment 2: Unit 2, Modules 4 and 5: Knowing and Perceiving the Environment
|Assignment 3: Unit 3, Modules 6 and 7: Ecology
|Assignment 4: Unit 4, Modules 8 and 9: Impacts on the Environment
|Assignment 5: Unit 5: Modules 10-12: Resource Use Within a Populated World
|Assignment 6: Mapping Interactions Between People and the Environment
|Final Project (mandatory)
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the "mail" tool in the Learning Environment or by phone. You will receive the necessary
contact information when you start your course.