Integrating human and physical geography? teaching a first year course in environmental geography

Alaric Maude

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    Abstract

    The paper reports on the experience of designing and teaching a first year course in which both physical and human geography are used to study an environmental problem. It discusses the reasons for teaching the course, its content and structure, and some of the questions that had to be resolved in its design. It is suggested that key elements in the design of the course are its focus on only one environmental problem, the emphasis on explaining the causes of environmental Problems through an examination of both physical and social processes, the methods used to integrale human geography and related social sciences into the course, and the avoidance of any clear division between a physical and a human component. The significance of these features is that they help to integrate the diversity of material and ideas in the course into a coherent whole.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)113-122
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Geography in Higher Education
    Volume15
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 1991

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