Undergraduate Courses

Winter 2016 Course List

Courses offered from September 2016 through April 2017. Please contact the instructor for more information on courses.

Winter 2016

GEOG121 Geography, Environment and Globalization Sections

Human geography of the modern world with particular attention to human-environment relationships, urbanization, and regional growth; trade and communications; environment and war; environmental governance and sustainability.

GEOG122 Geography, Modernity and Globalization Sections

The human geography of the modern world since 1945: global interdependence in economic geography, geopolitics, and cultural geography; consequences of modernization, including demography, urbanization and environmental effects; regional case studies; reactions to modernization.

Instructor(s): McPhee, Siobhán BARNES, TREVOR LEY, DAVID FREDERICK Irwin, John

GEOG211 The State of the Earth Sections

The demographic, economic, ecological, and technological factors that underlie current environmental challenges, considering their effects to date and their possible impact in the future.

Instructor(s): BROWN, LOCH

GEOG220 Geopolitics Sections

Political geographic perspectives on todays interdependent world through three themes: borders, regions, and flows.

Instructor(s): Kuus, Merje

GEOG250 Cities Sections

An interdisciplinary introduction to the city in the context of contemporary globalization. Analysis of urban patterns and processes from the theoretical perspectives of various disciplines and methodologies.

Instructor(s): Walker, Samuel

GEOG281 Geography of the Pacific Rim Sections

An introduction to changing geographies (social, economic, and political) of the Pacific Rim, with special emphasis on the relationships between Canada and Japan.

Instructor(s): GLASSMAN, JAMES FRANCIS

GEOG290 Introduction to the Geography of Canada Sections

Selected topics in human geography focusing on the regional distribution of natural resources, population, urban systems, and economic activities.

GEOG310 Environment and Sustainability Sections

Concepts of environment, resources and sustainability; the roles of physical and human geography in understanding the interaction of humans and the environment; introduction to management of environment-resource systems.

Instructor(s): BROWN, LOCH Dempsey, Jessica BAKKER, KAREN JESSICA

GEOG311 Urban Environments Sections

The impact of urban development on the natural environment and vice versa. Study of the ecology and metabolism of cities and green urban design, using global and local case studies.

Instructor(s): Blair, Alec CHRISTEN, ANDREAS

GEOG312 Climate Change: Science and Society Sections

Climates over the geological, historical and instrument periods. Theories of climatic change. Monitoring and modelling the climate system. Impacts of change on environmental and socio-economic systems.

Instructor(s): DONNER, SIMON

GEOG316 Geography of Natural Hazards Sections

The role of geophysical events, human ecology, environmental perception, world social and political order in explaining the risk of natural disasters. Assessment of acceptable risk, disaster relief and reconstruction and contrasts between developed and developing nations.

Instructor(s): BROWN, LOCH

GEOG318 Sustainability in a Changing Environment Sections

Biophysical and human causes of short- and long-term environmental change at various spatial scales, including measurement, interpretation, and policy.

Instructor(s): BROWN, LOCH

GEOG319 Environmental Impact Assessment Sections

The principles, implementation, and role of environmental impact assessment in environmental management, in Canada and internationally.

Instructor(s): Blair, Alec

GEOG321 Historical Geography of Urbanization: Cities, Space, and Power Sections

From the origins of urbanism to the modern era.

Instructor(s): GREGORY, DEREK JOHN

GEOG327 Creating Canada Sections

Canada from the beginning of European contact to the mid-19th century, stressing the changing geographical patterns of settlement, economy, and culture.

Instructor(s): Mackie, Richard

GEOG328 Constructing Canada Sections

The construction of Canadian political space after Confederation, aboriginal-newcomer relations, regional development and conflict, industrialization, urbanization, and war.

Instructor(s): Mackie, Richard

GEOG329 Introduction to Political Geography Sections

The heritage of political geography; the spatial structure of political organization including regional and global structures.

Instructor(s): Le Billon, Philippe

GEOG345 Theory and Practice in Human Geography Sections

A consideration of major intellectual issues and debates in the development of contemporary human geography, in relation to developments in other fields and changes in politics, culture and society.

Instructor(s): GREGORY, DEREK JOHN

GEOG350 Introduction to Urban Geography Sections

City systems and theories of urban location; internal spatial structure of the city; commercial and industrial location; social areas; neighbourhood and land use change; urban trends and public policy.

GEOG352 Urbanization in the Global South Sections

Urbanization in the developing countries of Latin America, Africa, and Asia; the role of cities in the development process and the features and problems of rapid urbanization.

Instructor(s): McPhee, Siobhán

GEOG353 Geographies of Migration and Settlement Sections

International regimes regulating migration, changes in global demographics, immigration policies of nation states, international migration patterns, settlement policies and outcomes.

Instructor(s): Sherrell, Kathleen

GEOG357 Introduction to Social Geography Sections

The development of social and behavioural geography, focusing on how places, landscapes, and enviromments both reflect and shape social life.

Instructor(s): PROUSE, VALERIE

GEOG361 Introduction to Economic Geography Sections

History and methods of economic geography. Location of resource industries, manufacturing, and service activities with emphasis on British Columbia in its North American and world setting. Recommended for students with no previous exposure to Economic Geography, before taking other courses in the 36x and 46x series.

Instructor(s): BARNES, TREVOR

GEOG364 Globalization, Cities, and Regions Sections

Forms of economic development; changing location of economic activities and functions; implications for government and politics; local strategies for growth and equity.

Instructor(s): Peck, Jamie

GEOG371 Research Strategies in Human Geography Sections

Formulating a research problem and selecting an appropriate research strategy. Research strategies range from social scientific survey methods to ethnography. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography.

Instructor(s): Pratt, Geraldine

GEOG374 Statistics in Geography Sections

Introduction to statistical techniques and their application to geographical problems. Priority enrolment for honours and major students in Geography. Consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

Instructor(s): VARHOLA TROYA, ANDRES

GEOG380 Introduction to the Geography of Asia Sections

A comparative regional analysis stressing the historical development and changing cultural, economic, and political patterns of the area. Special reference to India, Indonesia, China, and Japan.

Instructor(s): Greenberg, Charles

GEOG391 Modern Europe: Places and Borders Sections

An introductory survey, focusing on the present-day human geography of the area between the Atlantic and the Ural Mountains.

Instructor(s): Kuus, Merje

GEOG395 Introduction to the Changing Landscapes of Latin America Sections

Culture and environment in 1491; Spanish colonialism and biological imperialism; commodity production and exchange; neo-liberalism; and environmental justice movements.

Instructor(s): Sundberg, Juanita

GEOG410 Environment and Society Sections

Geographical analysis of society-environment relations. Relates resource management to environmental politics, political economy, and sustainable development. Perspectives drawn from political ecology and political economy, environmental history and environmental philosophy.

Instructor(s): BROWN, LOCH

GEOG412 Water Management: Theory, Policy, and Practice. Sections

Interdisciplinary analysis of critical water issues, in Canada and internationally. Focus on social science perspectives. Emphasis on presentation, research, and essay-writing skills.

Instructor(s): BAKKER, KAREN JESSICA

GEOG419 Research in Environmental Geography Sections

Details available from Geography Undergraduate Advisor. Not necessarily offered each year.

Instructor(s): Dempsey, Jessica

GEOG423 Development of Environmental Thought Sections

An examination of how attitudes toward human nature and non-human nature have changed from Mesolithic times to the present in Western society.

Instructor(s): EVENDEN, MATTHEW DOMINIC

GEOG446A Topics in Geography - TOPICS IN GEOG Sections

See the departmental undergraduate adviser for details.

Instructor(s): BROWN, LOCH

GEOG446B Topics in Geography - TOPICS IN GEOG Sections

See the departmental undergraduate adviser for details.

Instructor(s): Hunt, Sarah

GEOG453 Political Geographic Analysis Sections

Political organization of space; territorial and spatial patterns of power and identity; contemporary geopolitical struggles.

Instructor(s): Kuus, Merje

GEOG456 Film and the City Sections

The complex interrelations between film and the city; dominant urban theories, film technologies and viewing practices and the intersections between them.

Instructor(s): Pratt, Geraldine

GEOG457 Social and Behavioural Geography Sections

Theories of social change in the global city; labour markets; poverty and inequality; social polarization; housing markets; gentrification and housing affordability; immigration and segregation; diversity and multiculturalism; transnationalism; the entrepreneurial state; the convivial city.

Instructor(s): LEY, DAVID FREDERICK

GEOG496 Geography of Africa Sections

A critical introduction to social, political and economic geographies of Africa from pre-colonial times to the present, with a focus on contemporary environmental and development issues.

Instructor(s): Le Billon, Philippe

GEOG497 The Arctic Sections

Physical and biological characteristics of the circumpolar Arctic, emphasizing terrestrial environments and the impacts on and by humans, including: glacial history; climatology; biogeography/ecology of arctic tundra; human-environment interactions, settlement and exploration; and current environmental, social and economic problems.

Instructor(s): HENRY, GREGORY H

GEOG498 Geographies of the Middle East Sections

Critical analysis of economic, social, and political development and processes defining the modern Middle East region.

Instructor(s): McPhee, Siobhán
Winter 2016

GEOB102 Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems Sections

Energy and water in the Earth-Atmosphere system, global climates and climate change, ecosystem properties and processes, human impacts. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

Instructor(s): DONNER, SIMON Williams, Jennifer

GEOB103 Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes Sections

Physical processes acting at the Earth's surface; water cycle; landforms; human impacts. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

GEOB200 Atmospheric Environments Sections

Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates at scales from valleys to the globe. Daily weather, air pollution, global change. Credit will be given for one only of GEOB 200, 204, GEOG 200, 204, AGRO 244.

Instructor(s): McKendry, Ian

GEOB204 Introduction to Biometeorology Sections

Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals. Credit will be granted for only one of GEOB 200, 204, APBI 244.

Instructor(s): CHRISTEN, ANDREAS BLACK, THOMAS ANDREW

GEOB206 Geomorphic Processes and Hazards Sections

Earth surface processes shaping the landscape; identification of hazards and hazardous areas associated with these processes; introduction to techniques for measurement and analysis at various spatial and time scales; field trips are required.

Instructor(s): Eaton, Brett

GEOB207 Introduction to Biogeography Sections

Geographical ecology emphasizing plant distributions, abiotic-biotic interactions, effects of disturbance, succession, and human impacts across scales. Labs and field trips examine a local site.

Instructor(s): Williams, Jennifer

GEOB270 Geographic Information Science Sections

Computer-based graphical methods of data input and analysis. Emphasis on data visualization techniques such as cartographic modelling and exploratory data analysis. Preclusion: Not available to those who completed GEOG 370 before September 2005.

GEOB300 Microscale Weather and Climate Sections

Meteorology and climatology at the micro-, local, and meso-scales. Interactions between land surfaces and atmosphere. Basics of atmospheric turbulence and transfer processes. Microclimates on scales of a leaf to those of a large valley.

Instructor(s): CHRISTEN, ANDREAS

GEOB305 Introduction to Hydrology Sections

Principles of hydrology at site, watershed, and larger regional scales. Introduction to techniques of measurement and analysis. Emphasizes surface water hydrology of western North America.

Instructor(s): MOORE, ROBERT DANIEL

GEOB307 Biogeography and Global Change Sections

Biogeographic concepts in understanding responses in ecosystems to environmental change at global, regional, and local scales. Conservation issues such as the loss of biodiversity and endangered species.

Instructor(s): HENRY, GREGORY H

GEOB308 Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology Sections

Quaternary landscape development emphasizing the history of glaciation with special reference to western North America; applications of geomorphology in resource development and land management; interpretation of quaternary materials. Weekend field trips required.

Instructor(s): Koppes, Michele

GEOB309 Geographical Sciences Field Course Sections

Field sampling, instrumentation, surveying, mapping techniques, and data analysis; mandatory multi-day field camp in April or May. Special fees and liability insurance are required.

Instructor(s): Williams, Jennifer MOORE, ROBERT DANIEL

GEOB370 Advanced Geographic Information Science Sections

Theoretical and practical aspects of Geographic Information Systems, including cartographic modeling, digital terrain models, management issues, and spatial interpolation.

Instructor(s): Klinkenberg, Brian

GEOB372 Cartography Sections

Cartographic methods: development of cartography; projections; data ordering, compilation and symbolization; cartographic design, map reproduction.

Instructor(s): Mooney, Dawn

GEOB373 Introductory Remote Sensing Sections

Aerial photography; measurement from aerial photographs; photo-interpretation in geographic analysis; remote sensing of the earth's surface and atmosphere.

Instructor(s): Klinkenberg, Brian

GEOB400 Global Biogeochemistry Sections

Processes controlling the planetary cycles of elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, the human perturbation of these biogeochemical cycles, and the consequences for the atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems, and aquatic ecosystems.

Instructor(s): DONNER, SIMON

GEOB401 Urban Meteorology Sections

The impact of urbanization upon atmospheric processes and climates. The energy and water balances of cities. Meteorological effects (urban heat island, precipitation modification, etc.) and their significance. Models of the urban atmosphere.

Instructor(s): CHRISTEN, ANDREAS

GEOB402 Air Pollution Meteorology Sections

The nature of atmospheric pollutants. The ability of the atmosphere to disperse, transform, and remove pollutants. Air pollution dispersion models. Air quality monitoring, criteria, and standards.

Instructor(s): McKendry, Ian

GEOB405 Fluvial Geomorphology Sections

Introduction to open channel flow and sediment transport. River morphology and channel types. Palaeohydrology. The development of channel networks.

Instructor(s): Hassan, Marwan

GEOB407 Vegetation Dynamics: Disturbance, Climate and Human Impacts Sections

Investigation of vegetation dynamics integrating theory and research to address contemporary issues of global environmental change. Students will conduct fieldwork and learn to analyze data and interpret results.

Instructor(s): Williams, Jennifer

GEOB408 Snow and Ice Processes Sections

Formation of snow and ice masses and their evolution including snowpacks, glaciers, and ice sheets. Relationships between snow, ice, and climate including glacier dynamics and avalanche forecasting. Weekend field trip.

Instructor(s): Koppes, Michele

GEOB448A Directed Studies in Geographical Sciences - DRCT ST GEOGSCIE Sections

For fourth-year students in Geography to permit investigation of a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the department head and of a supervisory faculty member is required. Credit will be given for only one of GEOB 448 and GEOG 448.

GEOB448B Directed Studies in Geographical Sciences - DRCT ST GEOGSCIE Sections

For fourth-year students in Geography to permit investigation of a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the department head and of a supervisory faculty member is required. Credit will be given for only one of GEOB 448 and GEOG 448.

GEOB449A Undergraduate Thesis - UNDERGRAD THESIS Sections

Original research on an approved topic, developed under the guidance of a faculty member. Open to 4th year students in Geographical Biogeosciences with appropriate background courses related to the research topic, and permission of the directing faculty member. The 3-credit option is only available to students who complete GEOB 449 in tandem with GEOB 409.

GEOB449B Undergraduate Thesis - UNDERGRAD THESIS Sections

Original research on an approved topic, developed under the guidance of a faculty member. Open to 4th year students in Geographical Biogeosciences with appropriate background courses related to the research topic, and permission of the directing faculty member. The 3-credit option is only available to students who complete GEOB 449 in tandem with GEOB 409.

GEOB472 Research in Cartography Sections

Use of cartography in primary research applications. Discussion of contemporary topics in cognitive, social, and technical cartography and data visualization.

Instructor(s): Hermansen, Sally

GEOB479 Research in Geographic Information Science Sections

Students use GIS in primary research applications in conservation biology, crime analysis, and health geography; theoretical and practical aspects considered in a hands-on environment.

Instructor(s): Klinkenberg, Brian
Winter 2016

GEOB102 Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems Sections

Energy and water in the Earth-Atmosphere system, global climates and climate change, ecosystem properties and processes, human impacts. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

Instructor(s): DONNER, SIMON Williams, Jennifer

GEOB103 Our Changing Environment: Water and Landscapes Sections

Physical processes acting at the Earth's surface; water cycle; landforms; human impacts. Please consult the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion Lists: www.students.ubc.ca/calendar/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,414.

GEOB200 Atmospheric Environments Sections

Physical principles underlying weather and climates. Thermal, moisture and wind climates at scales from valleys to the globe. Daily weather, air pollution, global change. Credit will be given for one only of GEOB 200, 204, GEOG 200, 204, AGRO 244.

Instructor(s): McKendry, Ian

GEOB204 Introduction to Biometeorology Sections

Basic principles and processes of climatology. Energy and water balance concepts. Weather systems and climate change, microclimate of soils, crops, forests, and animals. Credit will be granted for only one of GEOB 200, 204, APBI 244.

Instructor(s): CHRISTEN, ANDREAS BLACK, THOMAS ANDREW

GEOB206 Geomorphic Processes and Hazards Sections

Earth surface processes shaping the landscape; identification of hazards and hazardous areas associated with these processes; introduction to techniques for measurement and analysis at various spatial and time scales; field trips are required.

Instructor(s): Eaton, Brett

GEOB207 Introduction to Biogeography Sections

Geographical ecology emphasizing plant distributions, abiotic-biotic interactions, effects of disturbance, succession, and human impacts across scales. Labs and field trips examine a local site.

Instructor(s): Williams, Jennifer

GEOB270 Geographic Information Science Sections

Computer-based graphical methods of data input and analysis. Emphasis on data visualization techniques such as cartographic modelling and exploratory data analysis. Preclusion: Not available to those who completed GEOG 370 before September 2005.

GEOB300 Microscale Weather and Climate Sections

Meteorology and climatology at the micro-, local, and meso-scales. Interactions between land surfaces and atmosphere. Basics of atmospheric turbulence and transfer processes. Microclimates on scales of a leaf to those of a large valley.

Instructor(s): CHRISTEN, ANDREAS

GEOB305 Introduction to Hydrology Sections

Principles of hydrology at site, watershed, and larger regional scales. Introduction to techniques of measurement and analysis. Emphasizes surface water hydrology of western North America.

Instructor(s): MOORE, ROBERT DANIEL

GEOB307 Biogeography and Global Change Sections

Biogeographic concepts in understanding responses in ecosystems to environmental change at global, regional, and local scales. Conservation issues such as the loss of biodiversity and endangered species.

Instructor(s): HENRY, GREGORY H

GEOB308 Quaternary and Applied Geomorphology Sections

Quaternary landscape development emphasizing the history of glaciation with special reference to western North America; applications of geomorphology in resource development and land management; interpretation of quaternary materials. Weekend field trips required.

Instructor(s): Koppes, Michele

GEOB309 Geographical Sciences Field Course Sections

Field sampling, instrumentation, surveying, mapping techniques, and data analysis; mandatory multi-day field camp in April or May. Special fees and liability insurance are required.

Instructor(s): Williams, Jennifer MOORE, ROBERT DANIEL

GEOB370 Advanced Geographic Information Science Sections

Theoretical and practical aspects of Geographic Information Systems, including cartographic modeling, digital terrain models, management issues, and spatial interpolation.

Instructor(s): Klinkenberg, Brian

GEOB372 Cartography Sections

Cartographic methods: development of cartography; projections; data ordering, compilation and symbolization; cartographic design, map reproduction.

Instructor(s): Mooney, Dawn

GEOB373 Introductory Remote Sensing Sections

Aerial photography; measurement from aerial photographs; photo-interpretation in geographic analysis; remote sensing of the earth's surface and atmosphere.

Instructor(s): Klinkenberg, Brian

GEOB400 Global Biogeochemistry Sections

Processes controlling the planetary cycles of elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus, the human perturbation of these biogeochemical cycles, and the consequences for the atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems, and aquatic ecosystems.

Instructor(s): DONNER, SIMON

GEOB401 Urban Meteorology Sections

The impact of urbanization upon atmospheric processes and climates. The energy and water balances of cities. Meteorological effects (urban heat island, precipitation modification, etc.) and their significance. Models of the urban atmosphere.

Instructor(s): CHRISTEN, ANDREAS

GEOB402 Air Pollution Meteorology Sections

The nature of atmospheric pollutants. The ability of the atmosphere to disperse, transform, and remove pollutants. Air pollution dispersion models. Air quality monitoring, criteria, and standards.

Instructor(s): McKendry, Ian

GEOB405 Fluvial Geomorphology Sections

Introduction to open channel flow and sediment transport. River morphology and channel types. Palaeohydrology. The development of channel networks.

Instructor(s): Hassan, Marwan

GEOB407 Vegetation Dynamics: Disturbance, Climate and Human Impacts Sections

Investigation of vegetation dynamics integrating theory and research to address contemporary issues of global environmental change. Students will conduct fieldwork and learn to analyze data and interpret results.

Instructor(s): Williams, Jennifer

GEOB408 Snow and Ice Processes Sections

Formation of snow and ice masses and their evolution including snowpacks, glaciers, and ice sheets. Relationships between snow, ice, and climate including glacier dynamics and avalanche forecasting. Weekend field trip.

Instructor(s): Koppes, Michele

GEOB448A Directed Studies in Geographical Sciences - DRCT ST GEOGSCIE Sections

For fourth-year students in Geography to permit investigation of a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the department head and of a supervisory faculty member is required. Credit will be given for only one of GEOB 448 and GEOG 448.

GEOB448B Directed Studies in Geographical Sciences - DRCT ST GEOGSCIE Sections

For fourth-year students in Geography to permit investigation of a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the department head and of a supervisory faculty member is required. Credit will be given for only one of GEOB 448 and GEOG 448.

GEOB449A Undergraduate Thesis - UNDERGRAD THESIS Sections

Original research on an approved topic, developed under the guidance of a faculty member. Open to 4th year students in Geographical Biogeosciences with appropriate background courses related to the research topic, and permission of the directing faculty member. The 3-credit option is only available to students who complete GEOB 449 in tandem with GEOB 409.

GEOB449B Undergraduate Thesis - UNDERGRAD THESIS Sections

Original research on an approved topic, developed under the guidance of a faculty member. Open to 4th year students in Geographical Biogeosciences with appropriate background courses related to the research topic, and permission of the directing faculty member. The 3-credit option is only available to students who complete GEOB 449 in tandem with GEOB 409.

GEOB472 Research in Cartography Sections

Use of cartography in primary research applications. Discussion of contemporary topics in cognitive, social, and technical cartography and data visualization.

Instructor(s): Hermansen, Sally

GEOB479 Research in Geographic Information Science Sections

Students use GIS in primary research applications in conservation biology, crime analysis, and health geography; theoretical and practical aspects considered in a hands-on environment.

Instructor(s): Klinkenberg, Brian