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Understanding Cultural and Human Geography Course Guidebook

Understanding Cultural
and Human Geography
Course Guidebook



Professor Paul Robbins

University of Wisconsin–Madison


PUBLISHED BY:

THE GREAT COURSES

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2014

Understanding Cultural  and Human Geography  Course Guidebook


Table of Contents

LECTURE GUIDES

INTRODUCTION

Professor Biography ...........................................................................i

Course Scope .....................................................................................1

LECTURE 1

Writing the World—The Mapmaker’s Craft ......................................3

LECTURE 2

The Problem with Geographical Determinism .................................10

LECTURE 3

Anthropocene—The Age of Human Impact ......................................17

LECTURE 4

Climate Change and Civilization.......................................................24

LECTURE 5

Global Land Change.........................................................................31

LECTURE 6

The End of Global Population Growth .............................................38

LECTURE 7

The Agricultural Puzzle ....................................................................45

LECTURE 8

Disease Geography ..........................................................................52

LECTURE 9

Political Ecology ...............................................................................58

LECTURE 10

Economic Geography—Globalization Origins ..................................65

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Table of Contents

LECTURE 11

The Columbian Exchange ................................................................72

LECTURE 12

Uneven Development and Global Poverty .......................................79

LECTURE 13

The New Global Economy ................................................................86

LECTURE 14

Restless Humanity—The Migration Conundrum ..............................93

LECTURE 15

Urbanization—The Rise of New World Cities .................................100

LECTURE 16

Geography of Language .................................................................107

LECTURE 17

Understanding Cultural Geography ................................................114

LECTURE 18

The Importance of Place ................................................................121

LECTURE 19

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LECTURE 20

Culture, Power, and the Politics of Meaning ...................................135

LECTURE 21

The Geopolitical Imagination ..........................................................141

LECTURE 22

Regionalism and the Rise of New States .......................................148

LECTURE 23

Supranationalism—Taking on Big Problems ..................................155

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Table of Contents

LECTURE 24

Future Geographies........................................................................162

Bibliography ....................................................................................168




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