Course Number

FSEM 184

Course Title

Geographies of Nature, Economies and Society

Course Date

Fall 2018

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

William Meyer, Geography

Document Type



First-Year Seminar


This course acquaints students with the approaches and subject matter of human and nature-society geography. It introduces geography’s longstanding concerns with spatial location, place, and nature-society interaction, as studied through ways of knowing that are central to the discipline—spatial representation and analysis, cross-scalar comparisons, integrative synthesis, and the social construction of space and environment. Case studies illustrate how geographers use these tools and perspectives to clarify such issues as human well-being and inequality, economic and sociocultural globalization, population patterns and processes, human impact on the environment, and sustainable development in the Anthropocene.


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