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Geography (GEOG) 600 Seminar in Spatial Data Handling (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001344
An overview of concepts and methodologies in several aspects of spatial data handling: cartography, geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial statistics. Analysis of spatial data sets. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 601 Environmental Change and Remote (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 009416
Principles and techniques of analyzing environmental change from long time-series of remotely sensed imagery are examined. Case studies include the impacts of climate on sea ice and the role of natural and human-induced stress on tropical coral reefs. Prerequisites: Geography 603 or equivalent. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 602 Remote Sensing of Cold Regions (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001345
This course focuses on the extraction of hydrologically-relevant parameters from remote sensing that are germane to cold regions such as snowfall, snow cover, glaciers & ice caps, lake and river ice, permafrost, and seasonally frozen ground. The determination of hydrological parameters in the liquid and vapour phases such precipitiation, soild moisture, surface water, and evaporation/evapotranspiration from remote sensing, as well as the integration of remote sensing data into hydrological models are also covered. Prerequisites: UW undergraduates: GEOG 271, 371, 471 or undergraduate Geomatics degree. Undergraduate Geography degree with suitable remote sensing experience. Students with no remote sensing experience but strong GIS experience are required to take a 675 Directed Reading course entitled "Remote Sensing Analysis" prior to enrolment in 602. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 603 Remote Sensing and Earth System Science (0.50) SEM,TUT
Course ID: 001346
This course will explore how remote sensing is used and in concert with empirical or physically-based models to help us better understand Earth system processes from the local to global scales. Students will learn how remote sensing measurements are coupled with radiative transfer models, energy and mass balance models and spatial analytical models from different components of the Earth system. Examples will be drawn from the hydrologic and carbon cycles from the human built enviornment. Prerequisites: UW undergraduates: Geog 271, 371, 471 or undergraduate Geomatics degree. Undergraduate degree with suitable remote sensing experience. Students with no remote sensing experience but strong GIS experience are required to take a 675 Directed Reading course entitled "Remote Sensing Analysis" prior to enrolment in 603. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 604 Spatial Statistics (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001347
An overview of spatial statistics and their use in geographic studies. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 605 Spatial Information Technology, Globalization and International Development (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 011818
This course considers the role of GIS and RS technologies for problem solving and planning decision support in developing countries. Topics covered include the globalisation of information technology and its transfer from developed to developing countries and general aspects of the spatial information technology industry and its relationship to society. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 606 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001348
Introduction to GIS concepts and to their application in geographic studies using basic GIS software. This course is designed for students with little or no prior experience with GIS. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 607 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001349
Introduces the fundamentals of GIS at a graduate level, including cartographic best practices, map projections and coordinate systems, georeferencing data, quantitative mapping, web mapping, and introductory spatial analysis, including clustering, network, and multicriteria analysis. Intended for students without significant experience in GIS. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 608 Urban Remote Sensing (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 012793
An overview of high-resolution remote sensing systems and advanced study of image segmentation, data fusion, feature extraction, and change detection algorithms. Topics include 3D city modeling, land use/cover classification, urban heat island study, urban sprawl monitoring, and risk mapping. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 609 GIS and Spatial Decision Support for Planning and Resource Management (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 011491
This course introduces students to key theories, concepts and techniques that have been developed recently to improve the design support capabilities of spatial information systems. Topics covered include participatory GIS, group-based spatial decision support systems, and the integration of multi-criteria analysis (MCA) methods with GIS to facilitate decision-making in planning. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 611 Industrial Location Theory and Concepts (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001839
Examination of industrial location theory, and themes concerning the role of manufacturing in the space-economy. Factors of location will be considered as will the way that manufacturing has led to spatial disparity on international, regional and local levels.
Geography (GEOG) 613 Innovation and Economic Development in Cities and Regions (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001841
This course offers a critical examination of the innovation, knowledge creation and circulation, and governance processes that underpin contemporary economic development in cities and regions. Strategies, policies and programs that are intended to support and promote innovation and economic development in urban and regional economies are analyzed.
Geography (GEOG) 615 Community Economic Development (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001842
Community Economic Development is a field of theory, process and practice that is concerned with understanding the forces shaping communities and finding sustainable local solutions to economic needs. This seminar course will examine topics such as capacity-building, asset-based strategies, social capital, poverty-alleviation, social enterprises and co-operatives, and comprehensive community initiatives, using international and local examples and case studies.
Geography (GEOG) 616 Multivariate Statistics (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001360
Theory and application of multivariate statistics, regression and correlation analysis, factor analysis, discriminant analysis and grouping analysis, with emphasis on the use of the computer. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 618 Spatial Analysis (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001362
Presentation of analytical and simulation models useful in analyzing geographic phenomena such as spatial interaction, spatial dependence, spatial equilibria and locational optimization; consideration is given to both theoretical and empirical components. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 619 Analytical Tools for Economic Development (0.50) LEC,RDG,SEM,TUT
Course ID: 002245
The course provides an overview and hands-on application of the quantitative analytical methods regularly used by professionals in economic development and related fields. Emerging analytical tools and techniques are explored.
Geography (GEOG) 620 Seminar in Human Geography (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001364
This seminar will provide a broad survey of the interdisciplinary scope of human geography and investigate a wide range of human/society dynamics, theoretical positions and methodologies. The format of inquiry will be that of a seminar wherein students conduct original research and exchange results through ongoing reports and discussions.
Geography (GEOG) 621 Metropolitan Form and Structure in Canada (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 010621
A seminar on selected topics of particular relevance to understanding and planning for contemporary processes of metropolitan change in Canada. Major topics represent an interrelated set of exogenous forces, (globalization, economic restructuring, technological innovation and immigration and demographic shift), and endogenous structural responses, (central city decline, revitalization, dispersed styles of suburban development and new urbanist and ecologically sustainable styles of planned intervention).
Geography (GEOG) 624 Human Activity and Travel Behaviour (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001368
An exploration of observed patterns of human activity and travel, underlying decision-making processes, data collection methodologies, and associated impacts on environment and health.
Geography (GEOG) 625 Qualitative Methods in Geography (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001369
This course is designed to investigate the range of qualitative research methods (research tools) employed by human geographers and explore the methodological justifications (philosophical or theoretical underpinnings) for using this type of research approach. Qualitative methods attempt to interpret meaning as opposed to purely measuring phenomena. The focus of qualitative research is not descriptive measurement and prediction of phenomena, as offered by statistical description/analysis, but is more attuned to examining subjective understandings and the interpretation of meaning (hermeneutics). This course will examine and evaluate the range of research tools comprising qualitative methods including: various interviewing methods, participant observation, ethnography, case study methods and dicourse analysis. It will also engage with the theoretical debates and philosophical approaches that underpin qualitative research.
Geography (GEOG) 635 International Development: Theories and Practice (0.50) LEC,RDG,SEM
Course ID: 001374
This course emphasizes both theoretical and conceptual frameworks, techniques, practices and methods for analysis of development, focusing in particular on the development - environment interface and questions of sustainability.
Geography (GEOG) 637 Cultural Geography (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 013243
This course will engage with the parameters of cultural geography from varying perspectives, which might include origins, evolution, impacts of the cultural turn, and future directions.
Geography (GEOG) 638 Sustainable Tourism (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 010724
This course examines sustainability issues relevant to tourism. Conceptual and practical examples related to economic, environmental, and social/cultural sustainability of tourism are critically appraised, combined with reviews of policy and institutional effects on sustainability practices. The course also focuses on best practices in sustainable tourism within government, non-government and private sector.
Geography (GEOG) 639 Food Systems and Sustainability (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 013394
The course examines emerging and existing sustainable food systems from a North American and EU perspective. Topics may include: technology, nature and society; policy dimensions in North American and the EU; knowledge and power; spaces of consumption; the moral economy; new urbanism and food planning; and, food networks such as commodity chains and fairly traded food.
Geography (GEOG) 640 Seminar in Physical Geography (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001375
Basic concepts related to temporal and spatial scales together with variability as they directly affect data collection and analysis. Leading edge research related to selected sub-disciplines of physical geography will be critically discussed. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 641 Climate Change: Physical Science Basis (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 010625
The course examines the interactive physical, biological and geochemical processes responsible for and resulting from climate change, including anthropogenic influences on these processes. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 643 Dynamic Geomorphology (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001377
An overview of current issues and methodologies in geomorphology with special emphasis on processes operating in fluvial, glacial, periglacial or coastal environments. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 644 Applied Geomorphology (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001378
An examination of the way in which human activities modify landscapes and the impacts of government policy and planning with respect to landscape change. The role of the geomorphologist in landscape rehabilitation. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 645 Fluvial & Glaciofluvial Sediment Transport (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 009420
Laboratory (hydraulic) models and sediment transport theory are emphasized in the analysis of modern and ancient (Pleistocene) landforms of fluvial and glaciofluvial origin. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 647 Recent Advances in Wetland Studies (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001380
Selected topics on the distribution, classification, functional dynamics, and ecosystem structure of wetlands. A scientific basis for wetlands management is emphasized. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 648 Paleolimnology (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 012794
This course examines the use of stratigraphic records from lakes to reconstruct environmental change. Topics include sediment coring techniques, radiometric dating methods, analysis of physical, geochemical and biological indicators, and case studies demonstrating applications to address scientific and management questions. Practical experience is gained from a lake sediment coring field trip and subsequent laboratory analyses. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 649 Hydrology of Cold Regions (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 012795
This course provides an overview of the hydrology of cold regions. Physical processes are emphasized, but hydrological modeling, and geochemistry are included where appropriate. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 651 Hydroecology for Freshwater Ecosystem Management (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 013757
This course examines the interaction in both space and time between hydrological processes and lacustrine environments. Applications to freshwater ecosystem management are explored.
Geography (GEOG) 652 Climate Prediction, Modeling and Scenarios (0.50) LAB,SEM
Course ID: 014506
Computer models of the physical climate system are essential tools for investigating future climate change. This course will introduce students to the basic formulation of these models, and their strengths and limitations. Inter-linkages between climate modeling and mitigation and adaptation policy agendas is reviewed and critiqued. The types of climate modeling experiments peformed with such models and scenarios will be reviewed. The latest projections of future climate on a variety of temporal and spatial scales will be presented and evaluated. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 653 Land Use and the Carbon Cycle (0.50) LAB,SEM
Course ID: 014510
This course examines contemporary theories, approaches, and technologies used to study coupled natural-human systems at the intersection of land-use and land-cover change, land management, and the carbon cycle. Topics covered include measurement and modelling techniques to improve carbon accounting, the effects of land use and land management on carbon storage and flux, and international and national policy frameworkds influencing carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 654 Applied Biogeochemistry (0.50) LEC,TUT
Course ID: 014735
This course focuses on ecological and biogeochemical processes that are linked to the hydrological cycle and how these relate tothe management of natural resources. The objectives of this interdisciplinary course are to explore topics that integrate ecosystem processes with physical hydrology, and examine the impacts of human activities on the ecohydrological system. Therefore the focus of this course is on the storage and movement of water, solutes and nutrients within selected ecosystems, considering the ecological consequences of human activit. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 655 Snow Hydrology (0.50) LEC,SEM
Course ID: 015503
This course examines the processes controlling the spatial and temporal changes in snowcover, and the role of snow in Canada's hydrological system. Applications to water resources, hydrological prediction and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems will be considered.
Geography (GEOG) 660 Perspectives in Resource and Environmental Management (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001210
Current research and practice in resource and environmental management. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 661A Applied Studies in Hydrology and the Environment 1 (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 002264
This applied hydrology course involves defining, designing and conducting research on the hydrology and/or water quality of a specific environmental setting. Drawing on strengths and interests of students, the field and laboratory activities in this course typically involve collection, analysis and reporting of primary data. The Fall-term (661A) focuses on literature review, problem definition, methodological design and data collection; the Winter-term (661B) includes analysis, interpretation and write-up suitable for publication in a refereed journal. Group work is typically involved. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 661B Applied Studies in Hydrology and the Environment 2 (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001389
This course is a continuation of GEOG 661A/PLAN661A. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 664 Political Ecology: Nature, Society and Sustainability (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001392
Readings, discussions and case study analysis draw attention to the intersection of political-economy and ecological analysis, and contested understandings of environmental change, livelihoods and sustainability. Topics may include communities and conservation, knowledge systems and power, ecological change, property rights and institutions, social movements, and methods. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 665 Environmental Planning Theory and Practice (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 002269
An interdisciplinary approach to environmental planning. Focuses on the socio-economic, planning, environmental science, design, and decision-making theories and methods utilized in environmental planning theory and practice. Regional and local case studies and studio projects will be used to demonstrate professional practice issues and techniques. Recommended: A senior level course in ecology, environmental science, landscape architecture or equivalent. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 666 Ecosystem Approach to Park Planning (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 002270
An ecological approach to planning national and provincial parks, focusing on system planning, master planning and park administration. Examination of the theory and practice of parks planning, utilizing ecological concepts. Recommended: a senior undergrad or graduate ecology course. Estimated additional field trip cost to student: $30.00 *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 669 Energy Sustainability (0.50) LEC,RDG,SEM
Course ID: 012666
Renewable and non-renewable energy supply systems are compared using economic and environmental measures. Consumption trends, conservation options and choices are considered at the household, community and global scales. Projects are used to demonstrate the economic and environmental challenges in the design of sustainable energy systems. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 672 Human Ecology of Stressed Environments (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001401
An examination of socioeconomic-biophysical system interactions emphasizing multi- and transdisciplinary perspectives such as human ecology, health, ecosystems, and complexity. Students normally focus on one particular problem and region to illustrate concepts and methods. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 673 International Perspectives on Resource and Environmental Management (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001402
An overview of issues, problems and concepts in international resource and environmental management. The complex nature of ecological/biophysical, economic, and sociocultural aspects of resource management will be explored, with particular emphasis placed on tracing challenges experienced in developing countries. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 674 Climate Analytics (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 014508
This course examines the scientific and practical challenges of utilizing climate data for decision-making, as well as the professional ethics associated with providing climate services. Through lectures, videos, guest speakers, and technical assignments this course explores how both historical data and climate change scenarios can be used for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. Usability of weather and climate data is an essential ingredient for developing effective responses. From a general discussion on the value of weather and climate information, the course explores how both historical climate data is an essential ingredient for developing effective responses. From a general discussion on the value of weather and climate information, the course explores how both historical climate data and climate change scenarios can be used to assess climate risk in a variety of sectors, including range of decision support tools. This will include such areas as: community planning (e.g. vulnerability mapping and resilience assessments); engineering (e.g. climate design criteria for infrastructure); emergency response planning (e.g. hazard and risk management); business (carbon accounting and climate proofing) and human health (e.g. development of robust heart-hearth alert systems). In addition, this course covers the theory and application of climate indicators for ongoing assessment and monitoring of adaptation actions. Students must have access to spreadsheet software for assignments. *eligible for MES.
Geography (GEOG) 675 Selected Topics in Geography (0.50) RDG
Course ID: 001403
Topic(s) to be negotiated on an individual basis with faculty members. An outline for this course, approved by the professor in charge, must be submitted to the Program Director, within three weeks of registration.
Geography (GEOG) 676 Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 009423
This course examines the impacts of changing climate on natural and human systems and focuses on the capacity of societies to adjust to, plan for and cope with changing climate and environmental conditions. *eligible for MES
Geography (GEOG) 677 Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 014509
This course explores the complex links between climate change and natural hazards, and related disasters, including disaster risk reduction as an adaptation strategy. Emphasis is placed on examining these concepts in a developing country context. *eligible for
Geography (GEOG) 678 Climate Change Governance: From Global Treaties to Local Innovation (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 014511
This course explores the theories behind, and practical approaches to, the multi-level governance of climate change. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol, national climate action plans and local innovation are viewed through the lenses of legitimacy, effectiveness, and participation. Finally, we consider the challenge of transformative change, and the possibility of finding synergies among climate change responses and other pressing social and environmental priorities.
Geography (GEOG) 679 Climate Change Mitigation (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 014507
This course examines the anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gas emissions and the range of strategies to reduce these emissions and to enhance carbon sequestration. The policy frameworks governing climate change mitigation are critically appraised from geopolitical, economic and ethics perspectives. This course also considers the potential role of climate remediation strategies.
Geography (GEOG) 683 Geoweb and Location-Based Services (0.50) LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT
Course ID: 015504
A critical approach to the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Geospatial Web and location-based services. Topics covered include Volunteered Geographic Information, open data, locational privacy, and mobile data collection. Assignments are used to experiment with course concepts.
Geography (GEOG) 685 Economic Development: Theories and Frameworks (0.50) LEC
Course ID: 001843
This course reviews the evolution and foundations of contemporary economic development. It offers a critical appraisal of approaches and frameworks that are adopted to understand and analyze economic development processes at different geographic scales.
Geography (GEOG) 690 Geographic Thought and Methodology (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001434
An analysis of changing methods and philosophy of geographic research with emphasis on problem formulation and the design and evaluation of geographic research.
Geography (GEOG) 691 Graduate Student and Faculty Seminar in Geography (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 001435
Participation in departmental seminars; invited presentations by guest speakers, program faculty and students. Graded on a Cr/NCr basis
Geography (GEOG) 692 International Study (0.50) SEM
Course ID: 010626
The aim of this course is to provide academic credit for a foreign academic learning experience.This will take one of the following formats: study with a foreign expert, a specialized graduate course taken at a foreign institution, or a research/study project abroad conducted under the guidance of an approved advisor. In all instances the plan of study must be approved before a student leaves and in each case a final approved report must be submitted.
Geography (GEOG) 693 Human Geography Special Topics Course (0.50) LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT
Course ID: 015268
Seminar topics offered one time only, or to introduce a potential permanent course within the designated subject area.
Geography (GEOG) 694 Environmental Management Special Topics Course (0.50) LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT
Course ID: 015269
Seminar topics offered one time only, or to introduce a potential permanent course within the designated subject area.
Geography (GEOG) 695 Geomatics Special Topics Course (0.50) LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT
Course ID: 015263
Seminar topics offered one time only, or to introduce a potential permanent course within the designated subject area.
Geography (GEOG) 696 Environmental Science Special Topics Course (0.50) LAB,LEC,SEM,TUT
Course ID: 015267