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Course Descriptions

GRG 301C • The Natural Environment

36285-36325 • Ramos Scharrón, Carlos E.
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm PAI 3.02
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Geomorphic processes that shape the earth's surface; origin and evolution of landforms. Groundwater and water resources. Pedogenesis and soil properties. 

Designed to accommodate 100 or more students.

A one-day field trip to be arranged.

GRG 301K • Weather And Climate

36330 • Kimmel Jr., Troy M.
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm JES A121A
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Course Description

An introductory look at weather and climate, this course will include a thorough discussion of atmospheric processes, clouds, precipitation (types), air masses, frontal boundaries, introductory discussions of severe local storms (and their offspring) and tropical cyclones as well as the climatology of these weather systems. Also included will be a brief introduction to the Koppen Climatic Classification System along with discussions of climatological processes, regimes, and climate change.

 

GRG 304E • Envir Sci: A Changing World

36346-36348 • Meyer, Thoralf
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm CLA 0.128
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Surveys the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences. 

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement.

Restricted to students in the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

GRG 304E • Envir Sci: Changing World-Hon

36351 • Meyer, Thoralf
Meets TTH 500pm-630pm CLA 0.128
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Surveys the major global environmental concerns affecting the Earth and its residents from the perspectives of the environmental sciences. 

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the quantitative reasoning flag requirement.

Restricted to students in the Liberal Arts Honors Program.

GRG 305 • This Human World: Intro To Grg

36355-36410 • Adams, Paul C.
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm WCH 1.120
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Course Description

This course focuses on learning why things are where they are and the processes that underlie spatial patterns. These processes are fundamentally cultural: they involve a complex mix of folk culture, popular culture, communication, religion, demography, industry and urbanization, so the course touches on all of these topics. The course also looks at the indications of human-induced environmental changes, including pollution, resource depletion, and the transformation of ecosystems. It concludes with an introduction to the range of career opportunities for people with training in geography.

Grading Policy

Final grades will be based on a combination of three exams (worth approximately 45% of the total grade), three projects (worth approximately 25% of the total grade) and participation (worth approximately 30% of the total grade).

GRG 326 • Regions & Cultures Of Europe

36420 • Jordan, Bella B.
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm BUR 220
(also listed as EUS 346, REE 345)
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FLAGS:   GC

Description:

A systematic introduction to geography of all regions of Europe, from Iceland to Sicily and European Russia and Finland to Bretagne and Galicia. The course is based on a renowned textbook by Alexander B. Murphy, Terry G. Jordan-Bychkob and Bella Bychkova Jordan and focuses on all the major aspects of the European makeup: its physical, economics, political, and cultural geography, geolinguistics and environmental issues. Special attention is given to such issues as expansion of the European Union and NATO, problems associated with immigration and ethnic tensions, challenges of multiculturalism and intergration. A significant portion of the class is dedicated to the analysis of the evolution of the European civilization during the last two millennia and resulting geographical patterns in modern Europe.

Requirements and Grading:

The grade is based on 3 exams

GRG 333C • Severe And Unusual Weather

36425 • Kimmel Jr., Troy M.
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm PAR 1
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The course examines the principles and techniques of atmospheric science and the applications to the study of severe and unusual weather events and patterns. This course will include a thorough examination (often in real time through the use of the internet) of thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, hailstorms, winter storms, tropical cyclones as well as drought. In addition to study of the events themselves, a look at the climatology of severe and unusual weather across the United States, Texas as well as our own south central Texas region will be undertaken. How these atmospheric events affect human beings and how people respond to these events will also be examined.

Grading Policy

400 points possible during the semester:
Three Regular Exams (100 points each)
Attendance / Homework / Exercises (100 points total)
Attendance Taken On A Daily Basis and Used in Final Computation of Grade

GRG 335N • Landscape Ecology

36430 • Young, Kenneth R.
Meets TTH 800am-930am CLA 1.102
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Landscape Ecology

Geography 335N, Fall 2015

TTh 8-9:15 AM, CLA 1.102

Dr. Kenneth R. Young

Department of Geography and the Environment, UT-Austin

kryoung@austin.utexas.edu; CLA 3.422; 512/232-8311

 

 Course goals

Landscape ecology is the study of spatial patterns in the Earth's biosphere and the processes that produce those patterns in landscapes, typically portions of the Earth measured in square kilometers. This interdisciplinary approach draws from ecology and geography, but is also a perspective increasingly shared with hydrologists, foresters, wildlife biologists, social scientists, landscape architects, and others. We will examine the current state of knowledge and research on the patches and corridors that constitute landscape mosaics. We will cover the possible causal explanations for landscape heterogeneity from geographical and ecological points of view. Finally, we will explore practical applications of landscape ecology to the study of natural environments and those managed or altered by human activities.

The overarching goal of this course is to help develop the ability to think like a landscape ecologist. This will be done by examining heterogeneous landscapes using the patch-corridor-matrix model, accounting for scale, and interpreting the effect of process on patterns (and vice versa) using quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Students are expected to read the assigned chapters and participate actively in class. The exams will test knowledge, vocabulary, and the ability to apply concepts to novel situations. The class projects, final essay, and its presentation to the class will test the ability to explain landscape ecology patterns and processes as applied to real-world examples.

 

Prerequisites   

Assumes background in physical geography or ecology.

Required textbooks

I. Perfecto, J. V. Vandermeer, and A. Wright. 2009. Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation, and Food Sovereignty. Earthscan/Routledge, Washington DC. (ISBN 978-1-84407-782-3, paperback)

 M.G. Turner, R.H. Gardner, and R.V. O’Neill. 2001. Landscape Ecology in Theory and Practice: Patterns and Processes. Springer, New York. (ISBN 0-387-95123-7, paperback).

GRG 336 • Contemp Cultural Geography

36435 • Zonn, Leo E.
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 2.606
(also listed as URB 354)
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Recent theoretical developments in cultural geography, with a focus on landscapes and the everyday practices that imbue them with meaning; the ways those meanings are contested and are the foci of struggle; and how the relationship between culture and space plays a central role in the social construction of identity. Only one of the following may be counted: Geography 336, Urban Studies 354 (Topic: Contemporary Cultural Geography), 354 (Topic 8).

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the cultural diversity flag requirement. May be counted toward the independent inquiry flag requirement.

SAME AS URB 354 (TOPIC 8).

GRG 336 • Contemp Cultural Geography

36440 • Heyman, Rich
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 2.606
(also listed as URB 354)
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Recent theoretical developments in cultural geography, with a focus on landscapes and the everyday practices that imbue them with meaning; the ways those meanings are contested and are the foci of struggle; and how the relationship between culture and space plays a central role in the social construction of identity. Only one of the following may be counted: Geography 336, Urban Studies 354 (Topic: Contemporary Cultural Geography), 354 (Topic 8).

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

May be counted toward the writing flag requirement. May be counted toward the cultural diversity flag requirement. May be counted toward the independent inquiry flag requirement.

SAME AS URB 354 (TOPIC 8).

GRG 339 • Process Geomorphology

36450 • Latrubesse, Edgardo M.
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm CLA 1.402
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Analysis of geomorphic processes and their effects on landform development. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing, and credit or registration for Geography 301C or Geological Sciences 401.

GRG 350K • Geographies Of Globalization

36465 • Faria, Caroline
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 0.128
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Examines the cultural, economic, political and geopolitical aspects of globalization in the U.S. and the rest of the world. We begin by understanding the rise of capitalism and its evolution into a modern world system and then look into its contemporary reincarnation as globalization. We examine theories and policies of globalization and look into specific issues like, outsourcing of jobs, sweat shops, spread of Wal-Mart, rising income inequality in the US and abroad, conflict and war.

Course will be taught by Dr. Caroline Faria

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/geography/faculty/cf24879

GRG 356 • Water Res: Lat Amer/Caribbean

36470 • Ramos Scharrón, Carlos E.
Meets TTH 930am-1100am SRH 1.320
(also listed as LAS 330)
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Topics include environmental assessment methods and techniques, the conservation movement, and climate and people.

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary

Taught by Arlene Rosen 

GRG 356T • Anthropocene

36475 • Young, Kenneth R.
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 1.102
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ANTHROPOCENE

GRG 356T, Fall 2015

TTh 11 AM, CLA 1.102

 

Dr. Kenneth R. Young

Department of Geography and the Environment, UT-Austin

kryoung@austin.utexas.edu; 512/232-8311

 

Course description:

This course is designed to evaluate the cumulative effects of humans on the Earth. It will use readings, lectures, and class exercises to examine the kinds of evidence used 1) to reconstruct past environments, 2) to decipher the ecological and biogeographical consequences of land use, 3) to measure altered surface processes, 4) to distinguish the anthropogenic contribution to climate change, and 5) to predict likely future scenarios. The course will explore the interaction of human history with altered biophysical patterns and processes. Finally, the class will collectively and critically assess the recognition of the Anthropocene as a potential new epoch in Earth history, including the implications of that recognition for environmental stewardship.  

 

Students are expected to read the assigned readings and participate actively in class. The exams will test knowledge, vocabulary, and ability to explain and apply information. The class projects and writing assignment will work on the ability to synthesize and communicate on the associated scientific issues.

 

Prerequisites:  Assumes background from GRG 301C, GRG 301K, or an equivalent course.

 

Required textbooks:

D. Archer. 2009. The Long Thaw: How Humans are changing the Next 100,000 Years of Earth’s Climate. Princeton University Press, Princeton. ISBN 978-0-691-14811-3

N. Roberts. 2014. The Holocene. Wiley Blackwell, Chichester. ISBN 978-1-405-15521-2

G. Wuerthner, E. Crist, and T. Butler (eds.). 2014. Keeping the Wild: Against the Domestication of Earth. Island Press, Washington DC. ISBN 978-1-61091-558-8

GRG 356T • Internship & Service Learning

36480 • Akins, Erick
Meets W 600pm-900pm CLA 0.128
(also listed as URB 360)
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Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Restricted to students in the Study Abroad program. Class meets January 18-April 12. Taught at Casa Herrera, Antigua, Guatemala. Students must c onsult with department as travel and orientation dates may be in additio n to these dates.

GRG 356T • Exhibitionism/Public Spectacle

36485 • Arens, Katherine
Meets TTH 930am-1100am BUR 214
(also listed as C L 323, EUS 347, GSD 360)
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FLAGS:   GC

Description:

This course will follow some of today's and history's most visible "public spectacles" from Northern and Central Europe.  It will show how scholars deal with public exhibitions (like World's Fairs), museum spaces, memorials, pubic images and scandals to introduce questions about how public spaces are used to create and recreate national histories, public memories, identities, and media power. 

The work in this course will allow you to evolve your own project on public memory or spectacles in Northern and Central Europe, which might include (but are not restricted to) iconic buildings (Berlin's TV-Tower, Stockholm City Hall), war monuments, world fairs, museums (Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, Art museums in other major cities), museum exhibitions (Vienna 1900), and public media identities claimed by the public media in demonstrations and the media (Love Parade, Jörg Haider, "Baader Meinhof").

Readings:

Carl Schorske, Fin de siècle Vienna

Foote, Kenneth E. Shadowed Ground: America's Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy

Lefebvre, Production of Space

Boym, Future of Nostalgia

Websites for public art and museums

Grading:

Site analysis:  short precis  --3 x 5% of grade

Annotated bibliography:  15% of grade

Short presentation (5 pp): 20 % of Grade

Project proposal and research plan (5 pp): 20% of Grade

Final Paper: 30% of Grade

GRG 356T • Gender And Geography

36490 • Faria, Caroline
Meets MWF 200pm-300pm CLA 1.108
(also listed as WGS 340)
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Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

GRG 356T • Society Of Modern Mexico

36495 • Ward, Peter
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 1.104
(also listed as LAS 325, MAS 374, SOC 335, URB 354)
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FLAGS:   CD  |  GC

Description: 

This course seeks to understand Mexico through three lenses. First to introduce students to modern Mexico - its geography, economy, polity and society, and to examine in detail the nature and the forces of change that have impacted so dramatically upon the country during the past two decades. Second, we will examine Mexico-US bi-lateral relations both historically as well as in the contemporary sphere. Third, our lens will focus attention upon “Mexico Here”, and will analyze the dramatic Hispanic “rise” in the USA since 1990, with a special emphasis upon the ways in which the minority majority of Mexicans and Mexican Americans are shaping our own society, economy and polity of central Texas.

The first half of the course will offer an overview of the modern Mexico – its economic and political opening, challenges of overcoming poverty, and more recently the instability born of the drug cartels. Here too we will examine the key bilateral issues between the two countries: immigration reform; insecurity; and economic integration.  The second half of the course is designed to analyze the demographic and socio-cultural changes and policy challenges that Mexican-origin populations confront today in here Central Texas: in education, health care, citizenship aspirations, access to housing, justice and human rights and wellbeing. The aim is to gain a more sensitive and nuanced awareness of how Mexican populations specifically, and Hispanic populations more generally, are transforming the cultural and political landscape of Texas and the US, in order to offer a broad-brush introduction that will allow us consider the public policy dilemmas and imperatives that we have to confront today.

Grading:

The course will require three essays. In class participation is expected, and in addition an important element of the class assessment will comprise two group projects about how Mexicans and Mexican-American identities are shaping politics, society & culture (broadly defined) here in Central Texas. There will be one midterm exam, but no final.

Essays and Papers 45%

Participation 20%

Mid-term 20%

Group Project 15% 

GRG 356T • Special Topics In Gis Modeling

36499 • Hopkins, Mariah E.
Meets W 100pm-400pm SAC 5.112
(also listed as ANT 324L)
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Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Restricted to students in the Study Abroad program. Class meets January 18-April 12. Taught at Casa Herrera, Antigua, Guatemala. Students must c onsult with department as travel and orientation dates may be in additio n to these dates.

GRG 356T • Northern Lands And Cultures

36505 • Jordan, Bella B.
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm BUR 214
(also listed as EUS 346, REE 345)
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FLAGS:   GC

Description:

Designed to develop a geographical understanding of the Circumpolar region of the North, an ancient human habitat and a home to distinct, millenia old, civilizations. These indigenous Arctic cultures and livelihoods are being constantly challenged by modern industrial powers, and the clash between two contesting realities is profound. Emphasis is given to a historical geographical perspective on the major processes forming cultural and natural landscapes (including global warming), and influence society, economy, spiritual life and politics. Regions include: Alaska, the Canadian northern territories, Scandinavian North, including Sapmi (Lapland), Iceland, Greenland, the Russian North, and Siberia.

Requirements and Grading

The final grade for the course is based on 3 exams

GRG 356T • Human Health & Environment

36510 • Elkins, Jules R.
Meets TTH 800am-930am CLA 1.108
(also listed as URB 350)
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Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

May be counted toward the global cultures flag requirement.

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

Restricted to students in the Study Abroad program. Class meets January 18-April 12. Taught at Casa Herrera, Antigua, Guatemala. Students must c onsult with department as travel and orientation dates may be in additio n to these dates.

GRG 357 • Medical Geography

36515 • Elkins, Jules R.
Meets TTH 930am-1100am CLA 1.102
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The geographic distribution, expansion, and contraction of the infectious diseases that have the greatest influence in shaping human societies today: malaria, AIDS, and others. 

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 360G • Envir Geographic Info Systems

36520-36535 • Arima, Eugenio
Meets MWF 1100am-1200pm CLA 0.112
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This course introduces basic concepts underlying geographic information systems and science (GIS), including related or integrated technologies and applications such as global positioning systems (GPS), cartography, and spatial analysis. It combines an overview of the general principles of GIS with a theoretical treatment of the nature and issues associated with the use of spatial environmental information. Although the course has a laboratory component that introduces students to the most commonly used GIS software package, the focus is on the “science behind the software” (eg, types and implications of functions and analysis, rather than just how to do the analysis).

GRG 373F • Field Techniques

36545 • Doolittle, William E.
Meets MWF 1200pm-100pm CLA 3.102
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Geographers sitting in their offices frequently find themselves lacking the right type of data to deal with a specific problem at hand. This is the case for practitioners holding a bachelor's degree and working in the private sector as well as for academicians holding doctoral degrees and teaching at comprehensive research universities. For example, a geographer employed by a firm designing a retirement community may be faced with a problem such as assessing a series of possible sites on which to build the swimming pool. Maps and aerial photographs may be available, but do they contain sufficiently detailed information about the soils, geology, slope, vegetation, hydrology, and cultural features such as historic structures, wells, fences or walls? And, how are these items or conditions spatially distributed in absolute terms and relative to each other? Or, consider a scholar investigating the expansion cacao cultivation in the rainforests of southern Brazil. How does she or he distinguish fields from forest? Cacao, after all, is a tree which grows in the shade of taller trees, and, accordingly, farmers do not clear-cut the forest before planting their crop. And, what about the composition(s) of the "natural" environment(s) and that (those) of the fields? What about the sizes and shapes of the fields, and socio-economic characteristics of the farmers? The only way to get these data are to go into "the field," and to use certain techniques.

This course introduces advanced geography students to a number of various techniques used in gathering field data. It does not deal with every technique nor does it go into great detail on any one.  It does, however, offer the basics of certain types of data collection, and, in so doing, it provides a foundation on which more advanced study--either formally through other classes, or informally through self-training--can be undertaken.

The course is divided into two parts, each dealing with different types of techniques, and each with different levels of supervision.  The first part of the course deals with mapping, the most fundamental of geographic activities. Students learn how to collect data with a clearly spatial dimensions. They begin by using some very simple instruments and progress to using the latest electronic surveying equipment. Emphasis is placed on mapping small areas largely because data at this scale are usually what geographers do not already possess, and, therefore, need. Also, working at this scale gives students a first-hand appreciation for, or at least a "taste" of, the processes involved in collecting data portrayed on existing maps of various scales. Instruction during this first half of the semester is very focused; students are closely supervised.

The second part of the course focuses on the collection of various types of environmental data that can be mapped. Emphasis here is placed on both "natural" data used most often, but not exclusively, by so-called "physical geographers," and "cultural" data commonly used by so-called "human geographers." Also, techniques for determining past as well as current conditions are covered in order for students to assess changing geographies. Instruction during the second half of the semester is less supervised than in the first half. Students are given a great deal of liberty to hone their skills at making professional judgements.

The focus of this course is on landscapes, especially those that are material and visible. Instruction includes some classroom lectures and several outdoor exercises. This course involves hands-on experience. Students can expect to be hot, cold, dirty, and wet, and exposed to some health risks. Research methods, project formulation, laboratory data analyses, and cartography are not be part of this course. This course deals exclusively with outdoor data collection techniques.

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