GEO 106 Chapter Notes -Vaughan Mills, Ryerson University, Lab Report
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RYERSON UNIVERSITY Department of Geography
GEO 106, SECT 011 Fall 2012
ESSAY ASSIGNMENT: GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATION OF
AN ASPECT OF EVERYDAY LIFE
Geographic principles are incorporated into our everyday lives. This assignment gives you the
opportunity to choose one area of the course and explore it in more detail, based on your own
experiences and/or the experiences of others.
There are four possible essay topics listed below and there will be an instruction sheet for each
in the assignment folder on Blackboard. Each topic follows the same format for the submission,
and involves academic research, but the type of work in each varies. Choose a topic below.
1. Mental Maps of Downtown Toronto drawn by students in GEO 106.
In this topic, you will examine 25 mental maps of downtown Toronto drawn by your
classmates in GEO 106, evaluating them based on Lynch's criteria. You will also
investigate the personal data supplied by your classmates (anonymously) to assess their
impact on the public image which you determined. (See Chapter 3 and lecture notes)
2. Comparison of Vaughan Mills and the Shops of Don Mills
In this topic, you will compare Vaughan Mills and the Shops of Don Mills shopping malls
in terms of the concepts of place and placelessness. Attention should be paid to their
location, marketing strategies, layout and design, and type of stores. This will involve
examination of their websites as well as field investigation. (See Chapter 4 and lecture
3. Neighbourhoods of Toronto
In this topic, you will be comparing two different neighbourhoods of Toronto, using the
neighbourhood profiles developed by the City of Toronto, the Toronto Real Estate and
your own observations. You can use any criteria to choose the two different
neighbourhoods for your analysis. Once you have done that, compare the differences
and similarities of the two neighbourhoods based on type (from one typology in the
textbook) and their characteristics. (See Chapter 5 and lecture notes)
4. Time-Space Analysis
In this topic, you will determine your daily life path for one week and compare it to that of
another person who differs from you in terms of lifecycle, lifelevel and lifestyle (this will
be supplied). You will compare the temporal and spatial patterns and assess the
activities in terms of the Canadian average. (See Chapter 6 and lecture notes)
Format: This assignment should be in format of a research paper (see below), double spaced
and word processed in good English prose. It will be graded on the quality of the writing as well
as the quality of the analysis.
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