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GEO 106
Sue Laskin

1 RYERSON UNIVERSITY Department of Geography GEO 106, SECT 011 Fall 2012 S.L.Laskin ESSAY ASSIGNMENT: GEOGRAPHICAL INVESTIGATION OF AN ASPECT OF EVERYDAY LIFE Objective: 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. Topics: 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 notes) 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) Submission: 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. 2 Title Page: Include your name, student number, the course number and course name, the instructor's name, the essay topic and the title of your essay which should be more specific. Introduction: Establish the topic and your research objective(s). Literature: Discuss the concepts you will be using and academic studies other people have done on your topic. Include at least four academic, peer-reviewed sources. You can also use the textbook and non-peer reviewed sources (NOT wikipedia) but be wary of the biases of non-academic sources and make any bias clear in your write-up. Data and Methods: Explain what data you used and what you
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