GPHY 101

Human Geography

Queen's University

The fundamentals of human geography including the meanings of place, the impacts of globalization, multiculturalism, population change and movement, environmental history and politics, cultural geography, issues of uneven resource distribution, the role of colonialism in the modern shape of the world, agricultural geography, and urban geography.
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L. Cameron

GPHY 101 Syllabus for L. Cameron — Fall 2018

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Course Description
This blended course takes a place and space based approach to social problems widely considered
important including energy, the environment, economy, urbanism, social division, public space,
racism, colonialism, spatial justice, and migration. In this class we will work to understand the forces
that make the world we live in and remake by our actions.
University Operating Dates
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, successful students will be able to:
1. Apply a place and space based approach to discuss and analyze complex social problems.
2. Identify the causes of the fundamental inequalities that shape our world (e.g. colonial legacies,
distribution of resources, health disparities, etc.) to explain their impact on our world at multiple
3. Develop their geographical imagination, learning more about the place of Kingston, and the
welcoming geographical community here at Queen’s.
4. Explore issues, ideas, artifacts, and events through active listening, discussion with peers, critical
reading and creative research.
Course Materials
E-text access code available from the Queen's Campus Bookstore
Knox, P.L., Marston, S.A. & Imort, M. (2015).Human Geography. Places and Regions in Global Context.
5 Canadian edition.
Sept 1 Tuition due
Sept 6 Classes start
Sept 19 Last day to add courses
Last day to drop courses without nancial penalty
Nov 2 Last day to change exam centre
Last day to submit exam accommodation requests (If applicable)
Last day to drop without academic penalty
Nov 30 Classes end
Dec 5-20 Exam period
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You may also check the Bookstore for used hard copies of the above edition as well. A copy is on 3-
hour loan in Stauffer Library.
All other required course readings will be made available electronically.
Suggested Time Commitment
You can expect to spend, on average, about9-10 hours per week completing relevant readings,
assignments, and course activities.
Reading:2-4.5 hours (as needed)
Lecture:1.5 hours
Tutorial:1.5 hours
Weighting of Assessments
Final Proctored Exam
Once the exam schedule has been nalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account.
Students living in the Kingston area will write their nal exam on Queen’s campus. Students writing
off campus will receive an email to their Queen’s email account with full details of date/time/location
of their exam. Please note: off campus exams will be held on the same day as Kingston exams, but the
start time may vary slightly due to the requirements of the off-campus exam centre.
When you registered for the course, you indicated the exam centre location. If you do not remember
the exam location you chose, or if you wish to change your exam location, please email: or call 613-533-3322. The deadline for changing your exam centre can be foundon
the Queen's Arts & Science Online website. You must request the change prior to this deadline or
you will be subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $100.00 per exam.
Location and Timing of Final Examinations
As noted in Academic Regulation 8.2.1, “the nal examination in any class offered in a term or session
(including Summer Term) must be written on the campus on which it was taken, at the end of the
appropriate term or session at the time scheduled by the Examinations Ofce.” The exam period is
listed in the key dates prior to the start of the academic year in the Faculty of Arts and Science
Academic Calendar and on the Ofce of the University Registrar’s webpage. A detailed exam
schedule for the Fall Term is posted before the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term it is posted
Weekly Quizzes 10%
The Geography of X: Proposal 5%
The Geography of X: The Route Map 10%
The Geography of X: Essay-Letter 20%
Learning Labs (best 10 of 11) 30%
Midterm Quiz 5%
Final Exam 20%
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the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term the window of dates is noted on the Arts
and Science Online syllabus prior to the start of the course. Students should delay nalizing any
travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or
deferred to accommodate employment, travel /holiday plans or ight reservations.
Assessments and Activities Description
We design quality courses with the primary goal to engage our learners with the learning materials.
Research suggests that learners who actively participate in the learning environment take more
responsibility for their performance in the course and consider the course as more valuable and
more directly related to their goals. This is the reason we integrate active learning strategies in all
our courses.
Here are some example strategies you will most likely nd in one of your courses: small group work,
problem solving exercises, debates, role-play and many more.
Weekly Quizzes
There are 10 weekly quizzes, each open after the weekly lecture (opens at 4 pm and closes the next
day by 8 am) plus a mid-term quiz that will be held in class. These weekly quiz questions will assist
you in assessing your understanding of your Tuesday lecture (including the Spotlight Speaker) as well
as your weekly readings (which should be read BEFORE your lecture). Each quiz has 3 questions and
is worth 1% of the course grade; only Question 1 and Question 2 are graded. Question 3 is a practice
question for which feedback examples are provided. These 10 weekly quizzes are worth, in total,
10% of the course grade: the one mid-term quiz on 23 October is worth 5%. These low-stakes
assessments offer direction with your studies by determining gaps in your knowledge, and will also
help you to prepare for your nal exam. They will also help you to come to learning labs prepared
and on a level playing eld. Please remember that attending lecture is necessary if you wish to do
well in this course.
The Geography of X Overview
This assignment asks you to be at once a detective, analyst and storyteller; that is, a very good
geographer. You will choose something (let's call it "X") that you have purchased and nd out where it
comes from. Trace out and succinctly summarize the chain of locations and processes that has
enabled this good (X) to come to you. During the term, you will work on several assignments that are
part of the The Geography of X assignment including a proposal, bibliography and route map and a
research paper. Below is a brief overview of each assignment. You will nd a more detailed
description within the course.
The Geography of X: Proposal
Assessment incudes the following criteria:
1. Is there a dened focus and a coherent rationale for why the topic was chosen?
2. Does the thesis statement explain the preliminary argument in clear terms?
3. Is the research plan clearly laid out and does it make sense?
4. Are the ve preliminary sources cited suitable and credible?
5. a) Is the citation style comprehensive and consistent?
5. b) Is the proposal well organized and is the writing clear, free of errors and grammatically correct?
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The Geography of X:The Route Map
Assessment includes the following criteria:
1. Does the map engage seriously and creatively with the questions listed in the assignment
2. Does the map demonstrate a "care-full" and legible attempt to show the "lines of geographical
connection" relating to the "X"?
3. Was the map displayed in class by its creator at Café X?
The Geography of X: Essay-Letter
Assessment considers the following criteria:
1. Depth of analysis
2. Grasp of reading
3. Thesis Paragraph
4. Evidence
5. Conclusion
6. Organization
7. Clarity
8. Mechanics
Learning Labs
Learning Lab Activities are designed to reinforce concepts from all aspects of the course. These
activities are intended to help you extend your understanding of the course material. An outline of
each activity will be posted to onQ. You must attend the same tutorial time each week.
Each learning lab is worth 3%.
Policy for MissingLearning Lab
**Mark – best 10 out of 11 so can miss one without penalty. Otherwise, you will lose 3 marks for
missed lab.
Proctored Final Exam
The Final Exam is three hours in length and includes multiple-choice and short answer questions
based on the material from the entire term. The specic dates for each exam will be announced later
in the term by the Registrar’s ofce. Once the exam schedule has been nalized the exam date will be
posted on your SOLUS account.Students should delay nalizing any travel plans until after the
examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate
employment, travel /holiday plans or ight reservations.
Late Policy
If special circumstances, a paper deadline extension necessary, it must be arranged in advance.
Without prearranged permission, late assignments will lose 5% per day.
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All components of this course will receive numerical percentage marks. The nal grade you receive
for the course will be derived by converting your numerical course average to a letter grade
according to Queen’s Ofcial Grade Conversion Scale:
Queen’s Ofcial Grade Conversion Scale
Grade Numerical Course
Average (Range)
A+ 90-100
A 85-89
A- 80-84
B+ 77-79
B 73-76
B- 70-72
C+ 67-69
C 63-66
C- 60-62
D+ 57-59
D 53-56
D- 50-52
F 49 and below
Contacting the Teaching Team
The teaching team contact information is located on the Homepage of the course (see “Teaching
Please feel free to see Dr. Cameron during her weekly ofce hours for help with your course
questions. No question is too big or small when you come see her in person. Your TA also has a
weekly ofce hour and is just as keen to meet with you. You may also post your general questions
about the course to the Course Questions Forum, (located under Help in the navigation bar). Feel
free to help answer your peers’ questions on this forum.
When using your Queen’s email to your Professor or TA for brief inquires, please use the subject
header: GPHY 101. Many thanks. For more detailed conversations, pleasecome see us in our ofce
hours. We look forward to seeing you!
Course Feedback
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At various points during the course, studentsmay be asked to take part in a variety of feedback
activities (such as questionnaires and exit tickets).
This feedback enables the team to make any adjustments necessary to improve the online learning
environment. Additional student feedback will be sought throughout the course. All surveys are
anonymous, and directly related to activities, assessments, and other course material.
In any course you often communicate with your peers and teaching team through electronic
communication. You are expected to use the utmost respect in your dealings with your colleagues or
when participating in activities, discussions and online communication.
Here is a list of netiquette guidelines. Please read them carefully and use them to guide your
communication in this course and beyond.
1. Make a personal commitment to learn about, understand, and support your peers.
2. Assume the best of others and expect the best of them.
3. Acknowledge the impact of oppression on the lives of other people and make sure your writing is
respectful and inclusive.
4. Recognize and value the experiences, abilities, and knowledge each person brings.
5. Pay close attention to what your peers write before you respond. Think through and re-read your
writings before you post or send them to others.
6. It’s ok to disagree with ideas, but do not make personal attacks.
7. Be open to be challenged or confronted on your ideas and challenge others with the intent of
facilitating growth. Do not demean or embarrass others.
8. Encourage others to develop and share their ideas.
Queen's Email
The university communicates with students via Queen's email. Please check your email regularly to
ensure you do not miss important information related to your course.
The material on this website is copyrighted and is for the sole use of students registered in GPHY
101. The material on this website may be downloaded for a registered student’s personal use, but
shall not be distributed or disseminated to anyone other than students registered in GPHY 101.
Failure to abide by these conditions is a breach of copyright, and may also constitute a breach of
academic integrity under the University Senate’s Academic Integrity Policy Statement.
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Queen's University is committed to achieving full accessibility for persons with disabilities. Part of
this commitment includes arranging academic accommodations for students with disabilities to
ensure they have an equitable opportunity to participate in all of their academic activities.
If you are a student with a disability and think you may require accommodations, you are strongly
encouraged to contact the Queen's Student Accessibility Services (QSAS) as early as possible. For
more information, including important deadlines, please visit the QSAS website.
Students with course accommodations should contact CDS immediately following registration to
inform them of any accommodations to their timed assessments and/or nal exam(s).
Academic Considerations for Students in Extenuating Circumstances
TheSenate Policy on Academic Consideration for Students in Extenuating Circumstanceswas
approved in April, 2017. Queen’s University is committed to providing academic consideration to
students experiencing extenuating circumstances that are beyond their control and which have a
direct and substantial impact on their ability to meet essential academic requirements. The Faculty
of Arts and Science has developed a protocol to provide a consistent and equitable approach in
dealing with requests for academic consideration for students facing extenuating circumstances,
which can be found at:
Academic Integrity
Academic integrity is constituted by the six core fundamental values of honesty, trust, fairness,
respect, responsibility, and courage.
These values are central to the building, nurturing and sustaining of an academic community in which
all members of the community will thrive. Adherence to the values expressed through academic
integrity forms a foundation for the "freedom of inquiry and exchange of ideas" essential to the
intellectual life of the University.
Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with the regulations concerning academic
integrity and for ensuring that their assignments conform to the principles of academic integrity.
Information on academic integrity is available in the Arts and Science Calendar (see Academic
Regulation 1), on the Arts and Science website, and from the instructor of this course.
Departures from academic integrity include plagiarism, use of unauthorized materials, facilitation,
forgery and falsication, and are antithetical to the development of an academic community at
Queen's. Given the seriousness of these matters, actions which contravene the regulation on
academic integrity carry sanctions that can range from a warning or the loss of grades on an
assignment to the failure of a course to a requirement to withdraw from the university.
Computer Requirements
Microsoft Windows Client Mac Client
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Students Studying or Travelling Abroad
If you plan to travel, we strongly recommend that you conrm Internet availability in your host
country prior to departure. In the past, students in other countries have been blocked from accessing
certain websites relevant to their courses, as well as onQ. It is the responsibility of all students to
book travel around course work, as we cannot change the format or timing on assessments or
assignments as a result of travel plans.
Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8
Intel Core 2 Duo processor
Soundcard with speakers and microphone or
preferably a headset
OS X 10.8 or higher
Intel i5 processor
Internal, USB or external iSight microphone or
preferably a headset
Supported Browsers
Chrome (latest version)
Firefox (latest version)
Safari (latest version on 64-bit Intel processors
Internet Connection
Wired high speed access: Cable or better
(wi is not recommended)
Latest version
Media Player
Flash (latest version)
Adobe Reader
Latest Version
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Course Timeline
Please note, some students may see an onQ Calendar for their course. However, the onQ calendar do
not display all dates associated with your course assignments. For complete information all of your
assignments in this course and the start and close dates, please refer to the Course Timeline below.
If there are discrepancies between dates in the course onQ site, the Timeline will be considered accur
All times are in Kingston time (Eastern).
Sep 6 - 16
Module 1 Overview
Week 1 Quiz
Opens Sep 11 at 4:00 PM
Closes Sep 12 at 8:00 AM
Week 1 Learning Lab
Sep 17 - 23
Module 2 Overview
Week 2 Quiz
Opens Sep 18 at 4:00 PM
Closes Sep 19 at 8:00 AM
Week 2 Learning Lab
Sep 24 - 30
Module 3 Overview
Week 3 Quiz
Opens Sep 25 at 4:00 PM
Closes Sep 26 at 8:00 AM
Week 3 Learning Lab
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Week 3 Learning Lab
Oct 1 - 7
Module 4 Overview
Week 4 Quiz
Opens Oct 2 at 4:00 PM
Closes Oct 3 at 8:00 AM
Geography of X: Proposal
Due Oct 3 at 5:00 PM
Week 4 Learning Lab
Oct 8 - 14
Module 5 Overview
Week 5 Quiz
Opens Oct 9 at 4:00 PM
Closes Oct 10 at 8:00 AM
Week 5 Learning Lab
Oct 15 - 21
Module 6 Overview
Week 6 Quiz
Opens Oct 16 at 4:00 PM
Closes Oct 17 at 8:00 AM
Geography of X: TheRoute Map
Due during your Week 6 Learning Lab
Week 6 Learning Lab
Oct 22 - 28
No Labs
Midterm Quiz
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Oct 25 - Oct
Taken during lecture
Oct 29 - Nov
Module 8 Overview
Week 8 Quiz
Opens Oct 30 at 4:00 PM
Closes Oct 31 at 8:00 AM
Week 8 Learning Lab
Nov 5 - 11
Module 9 Overview
Week 9 Quiz
Opens Nov 6 at 4:00 PM
Closes Nov 7 at 8:00 AM
Week 9 Learning Lab
Nov 12 - 18
Module 10 Overview
Week 10 Quiz
Opens Nov 13 at 4:00 PM
Closes Nov 14 at 8:00 AM
Geography of X: Essay Letter
Due Nov 16 at 5:00 PM
Week 10 Learning Lab
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Final Exam will be held during the examination period: Dec 5-20, 2018
Nov 19 - 25 Module 11 Overview Week 11 Quiz
Opens Nov 20 at 4:00 PM
Closes Nov 21 at 8:00 AM
End-of-Term Survey
Opens Nov 19 at 9:00 AM
Closes Nov 30 at 11:30 PM
Week 11 Learning Lab
Week 12 Learning Lab - Prelab Task
Submit question/answer by Nov 22 at 11:0
Practice Exam
Opens Nov 23 at 8:00 AM
Nov 26 - 30
Module 12 Overview
Practice Exam
Opens Nov 27 at 4:00 PM
Week 12 Learning Lab
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