GEOG 102 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Sub-Saharan Africa, Integrated Geography, Human Geography
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LECTURE 1: Introducing Geography
➔What is geo literacy and why is it important?
◆Geo Literacy is important because it has significant
implication for the way we see the world, and
therefore the policies and practices that affect our
neighborhoods, country, region, and world.
◆Among young Americans:
●63% could not find Iraq on the map
●50% could not find the state of NY on the map
●20% think that Sudan is in Asia
●48% believe that the majority population in India
◆What is geo literacy?
●The ability to use geographic understanding and
reasoning to make far-reaching decisions in the
●The Stool for Geo Literacy
➔What is geography and what do geographers do?
◆What is geography?
●Geography is an interdisciplinary discipline --
○A common shorthand for geography is
why of the where”
○Incorporates aspects from the fields of
science, arts, health, humanities, law,
business, engineering, and technology
○ Geography is something that you do, not
○Geographers identify relationships between
subjects, graft those relationships noto a
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