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Introduction to Human Geography

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Department
Geography
Course
Geography 1400F/G
Professor
Godwin Arku
Semester
Winter

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Jan 09 12 Introduction to Human GeographyWhat is Geography From Greek wordsgeo earth and graphei to writeEvidently Geography means Description of the Earth Hence Geography is often referred to as the Spatial Science Study of spatial variation of how and why physical and cultural items differ across the earth and how observable spatial patterns evolved through time Spatial variation is what makes geography different from other disciplinesKey geographic principle is that things everywhere are not the same and this means that location is important Basic Concerns of Geography Spatial patternsdescription what is where Spatial processesexplanation why is it there Spatial meaninginterpretation so what what does it meanWhat is Human Geography Human geography studies the distribution of humans and their activities on the surface of the earth and the processes that generate these distributions Some examples are agriculture and farmers industries population etc We divide human from physical because the topics are so broad and large on their own Gritzner 2002 defined human geography as What is where why there and why care We are particularly curious about the intriguing relationships between people places and landscapesSubfields HistoricalInternational DevelopmentPopulation Resour
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