Study Questions GGR367 Spring 2013 (1-12)-1.docx

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School
UTM
Department
Geography
Course
GGR267H5
Professor
Review Questions (Winter/Spring 2012)
While not exhaustive, these questions are meant to give you a good idea of the questions likely to be used on
the final exam.
Class One
Throughout the first lecture the class was introduced to Yi-fu Tuan and his notion that “Place is an organized
world of meaning”. Gosh’s was also mentioned as he stated that, In the geography of human history, no
culture is an island.” The first thing that comes to my mind when I read these quotes is my own perception of
geography; and geography to me is the study of land and its attributes. However Yi-fu and Gosh perceive
geography in a different manor then I do. My interpretation of Yi-fu quote is that when he mentions “Place is
an organized world of meaning”. He is referring to ………. Contemporary nations of South Asia was also an
important aspect through out the lecture as Bangladesh, Pakistan and India are all seen to contemporary
nations of South Asia.
Yi-fu Tuan writes, “Place is an organized world of meaning”. Amitav Ghosh writes, “In the geography of
human history, no culture is an island.” How do you understand these quotes taken from our syllabus?
(Mines and Lamb) Name the contemporary nations of South Asia. What is the “Orient” and why is it
important to our study of South Asia? What are the layers of history that have contributed to the cultures and
practices of South Asians? What are some ways that global values shape South Asia? And vice versa? (Jama
Masjid Street Journal) Did it strike you as odd that ancient and traditional ways were being practiced in this
modern city? Why did the people of Old Delhi make of the young Indian woman behind the camera?
Class Two
(Thapar) How has the subcontinent been divided geographically? Characterize the regions. Why are river
valleys optimal areas for the rise of urban centres? What makes mountain passes, frontier zones, and coastal
areas such interesting places? Characterize the South Asian seasons. How long do they last? How does the
monsoon dominate agricultural and climactic conditions? (Chasing India’s Monsoon) Give some examples of
how the monsoon has entered “the Indian psyche”.
Class Three
Describe some noteworthy features (aspects of culture, production, civic planning and organization, etc.) of
the Indus civilizations. What might explain such an urban explosion? Its subsequent decline? (Thapar)
Describe the categories of South Asian society. What do their evolving and changing interactions suggest
about the creation of castes? (India, Empire of the Spirit) “History is full of empires of the sword but India
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While not exhaustive, these questions are meant to give you a good idea of the questions likely to be used on the final exam. Throughout the first lecture the class was introduced to yi-fu tuan and his notion that place is an organized world of meaning . However yi-fu and gosh perceive geography in a different manor then i do. My interpretation of yi-fu quote is that when he mentions place is an organized world of meaning . Contemporary nations of south asia was also an important aspect through out the lecture as bangladesh, pakistan and india are all seen to contemporary nations of south asia. Yi-fu tuan writes, place is an organized world of meaning . Amitav ghosh writes, in the geography of human history, no culture is an island. how do you understand these quotes taken from our syllabus? (mines and lamb) name the contemporary nations of south asia.

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