GEO 171 Human Geographies Fall 2012

Parvathy Binoy Eggers 048 443-9025

Professor Tod Rutherford
Office: 144F Eggers Hall Phone: 443-2607 E-mail: Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-11:30 am

Brian Hennigan Eggers 049 443-9041

Course description: Why do things happen where they do? How are different parts of the
world linked, and how are they separated? What do ordinary landscapes tell us about how the world works? How do economic, cultural and political geographies influence where people live and how they experience the world? This course sets out to answer these and other questions about human geographies. It will examine how, and why, geography matters in the ways that people live their lives. We will look at human geography as a discipline and a body of knowledge and will focus on theoretical and methodological aspects of the discipline (i.e., how we come to understand the world and how we go about studying it). This course will survey the main areas and themes of contemporary human geography and will offer a variety of geographic case studies. Above all, we will learn how spatial relationships, at different scales, are central to people’s daily lives.

Course learning outcomes:
o To develop a better understanding of what a geographic perspective can bring to our understanding of a changing world. o To introduce the range of theories and methods associated with human geography and help students develop a better understanding of them. o To understand the ways that places are connected and interdependent and the kinds of linkages and power relations that make these networks at multiple scales. o To develop and improve students’ ability to write and think critically about the world.

Course texts: In this course, we will use the textbook, Human Geography: Places and Regions
in Global Context, 6th edition, by Paul Knox and Sallie Marston. This textbook can be purchased at the Syracuse University book store in the Schine Center. I will also put a copy on course reserves in Bird Library. You should read the assigned material before coming to class so that you are familiar with terminology and ideas we will discuss in lectures. You should bring questions you have about the material to lectures or your discussion sections. From time to time, we will draw on additional readings. These readings will be made available through the On-Line Reader via the


g. 2 . class participation (10%): Attendance is mandatory. and you will be responsible for material covered in lectures AND course readings. Select Course Reserves.. 5. Lectures will supplement (i. Not participating in lectures and discussions will result in a lower grade. 4. We will make every effort to grade and return your assignments within two weeks.e.Syracuse University Blackboard [http://blackboard.333 3. In the list on the left-hand side. These times will be chosen at random. from B to B -). Attendance.0 0 20% 10% Meaning Failure Attendance.667 1.333 2. A plus/minus grading system will be used in this course. it will not count against you. and your attendance/participation in lectures and discussion sections.syr. assuming you make every effort to turn them in on time.667 2. will not always review) the textbook and other readings. writing assignments. Go to Blackboard. Assume that your participation grade will suffer for missed classes or discussion sections.0] site for this course.0 3. your final grade will be lowered by one grade (e. rather than to feed you facts. If you are absent during one random check. For each miss after that. as will unexcused absences: • Attendance will be taken 8 times during the semester. Sign in with your NetID and password (the same as your school e-mail) 3. participation in discussion: Writing assignments: Assignment I: Global Commodity Chains and Labor : Assignment II: The Future of Urban America : Assignment III: Food Essay : Assignment IV: The Place of Culture 10% 60% 15% 15% 15% 15% Mid-term test: Final test GRADING CHART Grade A AB+ B BC+ C CD F Grade points per credit 4.0 2.667 2. Select course from the list of courses in which you are enrolled. Course evaluation: This course is designed to introduce you to complex social and spatial relations and formations from a variety of perspectives. Course evaluation will reflect this focus on concepts and will include a mixture of exams. click on Tools. To access these readings: 1.

assume that you will receive a 10% reduction in your grade for each day that exceeds the stated submission deadline. These will not be graded but grades will be deducted from your discussion mark if they are not handed in. please contact ODS as soon as possible. Mid-term test (20%): The mid-term test will be a mixture of short-answer and essay questions and will cover all material discussed in the first half of the course. Additional Readings: Periodically and to facilitate your essay reading. The final test (10%) will be based material discussed in the second half of the semester. If you miss one discussion it will not count against you. Additionally. PLEASE NOTE: If you need to observe a religious holiday please e-mail me ahead of time so that you will not be marked absent from class. we will be at our office hours when we 3 . I will announce any additional readings for class or your essays as far in advance as possible from any due dates. TAs and professor – a compact we all agree to uphold in the name of creating an environment that is intellectually challenging. interesting.• Attendance will be taken every week in discussion section. For each discussion you miss after that your final grade will be lowered by one grade. They will be short essays (1200 to 1500 words. Class Etiquette: A university course is a compact between student. and to provide you with honest. These will usually be handed out on the Monday and collected in lecture on the Wednesday. please contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS). or call (315) 4434498 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations. as appropriate. fair critiques of your work.syr. They will correspond with course themes and will be explained in greater detail in your discussion sections. double-spaced. Writing assignments (60%): There will be 4 writing assignments in this class. To that end the TAs and I agree to always come to class on-time and fully prepared. Statement on learning and physical disabilities: If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability. or approximately 4 to 6 pages. and conducive to learning for all members of the class. Please note that these and other readings (including those from the text book) will also be part of your required readings for your essays. you will be required to answer questions from a reading guide based on one of your class readings. as above. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively. ODS is responsible for coordinating disability-related accommodations and will issue students with documented disabilities Accommodation Authorization Letters. to grade assignments in a timely manner (for example. 12-point font). Policy on late submissions: Unless you have provided substantial evidence for need of an extension and have discussed the situation with the TAs and me well in advance of the impending deadline. located in Room 309 of 804 University Avenue. we will return assignments within two weeks after you turn them in).

3. Using part or all of the writing of another person (including another student) without citation. If you e-mail me between 7 am and 7 pm on weekdays I will make every effort to get back to you within a few hours. If you are unclear about how to cite sources in your papers. Turn off cell phones. we will do all we can to inform you in advance and make alternative arrangements. SIGN your e-mail and include your section number. I receive many e-mails everyday and it will take time to learn your names. c. 4 . b. IPods. the course. and if a special circumstance arises so that we cannot be. is strictly prohibited in this class and can result in a failing grade for the assignment. ask one of us. You get no other “warning” than this one: rudeness will not be tolerated. Submission of the same written work in more than one course.say we will. 4. Plagiarism – the use of someone else’s language. IPODs or another electronic device used or visible during exams. If you are disruptive in any way. that you will not leave early. etc. Downloading a paper from an Internet source or purchasing it from a paper mill. we will remove you from the class. Include GEO 171 in the subject line of your e-mail. or original material without acknowledging the source. All of the following constitute a violation of academic integrity policy: 1. and that if you must arrive late or leave early for some special reason. information. 3. we expect that you will come to class on time and prepared by having done the readings and thought through the issues at hand. We will discuss how to cite sources properly early in the semester. Hints for reaching Prof. Examples of plagiarism include: a. read papers. Copying from another student’s work with or without his/her permission. notes of any sort during exams or other students’ exams or papers. etc. Use of unauthorized aids in examinations or papers submitted for evaluation. Rutherford: 1. pagers. Statement on academic honesty: Cheating. in any form. PDAs. and suspension and expulsion from Syracuse University. 2. On your part. ideas. 2. you will do so with as little impact on the attention of the students and instructors as you can. PDAs. talk. Submitting a paper with passages cut and pasted from an Internet source without citation (or cut and pasted or copied from any source). Unauthorized aids include cell phones. or otherwise be disruptive during class. I am not available outside those times so plan accordingly when doing your assignments and studying for your exams.

Sidebar 2. pp. Chapter 2. and geographic complicity Reading: Knox and Marston.40-12:35 HBC 209 Parvathy Binoy Th 2:00-2:55 Link 101 Brian Hennigan Th 3:30-4:25 Max 110 Parvathy Binoy Course Outline Date Monday. Chapter 4. Chapter 2. Key Debates Reading: Knox and Marston. Chapter 1. but I will not proofread them. space. 116-119 Wednesday. Chapter 2. 238-246 5 . 43-50 Sidebar 7. and representation Thinking Geographically. pp. September 10th Historical Geographies. exploration. pp. 2-6 Thursday/ Friday Discussion Sections (1) Introduction to discussion section (2) Learning with maps In-section exercise: Mapping. September 5th Lecture Introduction to Course Thinking Geographically. Chapter 9. All schedules and locations are posted on the TSC website. Place and TAs: F 9:30-10:25 Heroy 113 Parvathy Binoy F 10:35-11:30 BH 119 Brian Hennigan F 11:40-12:35 Max 110 Brian Hennigan F 11. September 12th Historical Geographies II: The Emergence of a Modern World System Reading: Knox and Marston. I: Imperialism. pp.syr. Chapter 1.3 There are over 140 students in this class and I do have time to read drafts. I am happy to talk to you about your papers. September 17th Handout Assignment One Globalization. 7.218-219 (3) Kristoff/Silverstein Reading guide handed out Kristoff/Silverstein Reading Guide due in lecture Monday. August 29th Wednesday. pp. 41-50. If you need help with your paper please visit the Tutoring and Study Center (TSC) and the Writing Center. pp. colonialism. pp. 51-63.4. II Reading: Knox and Marston. August 27th Wednesday. pp. I: Key Features.tutoring. I will not read drafts of your papers. I Reading: Knox and Marston.1 pp. Section Meeting Times. 7-31 Monday. www. Ch. 311-320.

October 3rd Urban Geographies. October 1st Urban Geographies. 223-263 Wednesday. 243-244 Urban Geographies.” Introducing Human Geographies. Chapter 7. Philip Crang.Wednesday. eds. and Mark Goodwin. London: Hodder Arnold. pp. 449-453 Davis. 2005. 1992. October 10th Urban Geographies IV: Developing World Cities: Lagos Nigeria and La Paz Bolivia Economic Geographies. Mike.” City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles. Monday. 214-232 (6) Discuss Assignment II: The Future of Urban America Florida Reading Guide Handed Out in Lecture (7) Florida Reading Guide Due in Lecture Bring in draft of Assignment II for peer review (20% of your grade for Assignment I is based on your bringing a FULL draft of your paper to class and participating in peer review). Paul Cloke. (20% of your grade for Assignment I is based on your bringing a FULL draft of your paper to class and participating in peer review). II: Public Space and Urban Change in Los Angeles Reading:. September 24th Globalization III: From Detroit to Guangzhou: Globalization and Crisis in the Automobile Industry Reading: Knox and Marston Chapter 7. I: Dimensions of Economic Development Reading: Knox and Marston. 2nd ed. New York: Vintage Books. September 19th Globalization II Global Commodity Chains and Labor Rights Sidebar 2. October 8th Wednesday. III: Planet of Slums? Developing World Cities Reading: Knox and Marston Chapter 10 373-381 Assignment II handed out Monday. September 26th (5) How to write a good essay Bring a draft of Assignment I for peer review. “Urban Forms.A. Hand in Assignment I Wednesday. I: Questioning the Urban Reading: Knox and Marston. “Fortress L. Chapter 10 350-366. 384-396. pp. Hamnett. pp. Chris. 6 .2 52-53 (4) Discuss Assignment I Global Commodity Chains and Labor Rights Monday. 425-438. Chapter 11.

Chapter 5. pp. 266-299 background For discussion: Wilson. I: Defining Cultural Geographies Reading: Knox and Marston. III: Restructuring and the New Economic Geography Reading: Mackinnon and Cumbers 2007 An Introduction to Economic Geography. pp. 1 (starting at 1. 104-116 (9) Hand Out Assignment III Wednesday October 31st Environmental Geographies. Chapter 8. November 5th Environmental Geographies III: Rethinking Food Reading: Knox and Marston.2: 226-227 Economic Geographies. Bee 2008 The Last Bite: Is the World’s Food System Collapsing? The New Yorker Wilson Reading Guide Handed Out in Lecture Wednesday. Chapter 4.3) + 2 pp. Chs.Monday. 120-143 (10) Discuss Assignment III Monday. November 7 th Cultural Geographies. I: Nature/Culture Reading: Knox and Marston. October 15th Economic Geographies II: Case Study: Chinese Economic Development Sidebar 7. pp. Chapter 4. pp. October 24th Monday. 145-182 (11) Wilson Reading Guide Due in Lecture Draft of Assignment III Due for Peer Review (20% of your grade for Assignment I is based on your bringing a FULL draft of your paper to class and 7 . October 17th (8) Assignment II is due Friday October19th Monday. October 29th Economic Geographies IV: The Geographies of the Economic Crisis Mid-term exam Environmental Geographies. II: Sustainability and Environmental Justice Reading: Knox and Marston.11-41 Wednesday. October 22nd Wednesday.

III Local musical spaces: from reggae to punk to hip-hop Reading: Knox and Marston.148-149 Connell and Gibson 2003 Ch. Chapter 3. 66-85 (14) Discuss Assignment IV Due for Peer Review (20% of your grade for Assignment I is based on your bringing a FULL draft of your paper to class and participating in peer review). November 28th Population Geographies. 85-103 8 . Monday November 12th Cultural Geographies II. December 3rd Population Geographies.participating in peer review). pp. 184-213 (13) Wednesday. Chapter 5. pp. November 14th (12) No section meetings Hand out Assignment IV Monday November 19th No class Thanksgiving Wednesday November 21st Monday November 26th No class Thanksgiving Cultural Geographies IV: Under the Tuscan Sun? Landscape. Monday. Chapter 6. II: Migration Reading: Knox and Marston. Italy Reading: Knox and Marston. 5 “Sounds and Scenes: a place for music’ Wednesday. Chapter 3. Culture and Conflict in Tuscany.1 pp. 175-183 and Sidebar 5. pp. pp. I: Demographic Trends Reading: Knox and Marston. Cultural Geography and the Globalization of Soccer Hand In assignment III Cultural Geographies.

December 5th Final Test 10% (15) Notes: 9 .Hand-In Assignment IV Wednesday.