About this Project
Our aim in developing Human Geography: Principles and Applications is to provide an alternative to the traditional human geography textbook and, ultimately, a replacement. Over the long term our objectives are to develop a textbook that will provide students with:
i) the fundamental principles and concepts of human geography;
ii) the ability to understand those principles and concepts through practice; and
iii) the opportunity to develop applied skill sets in human geography.
All of these will be accomplished by introducing students to a context that is uniquely and intrinsically Canadian.
Having said that, our plan is to roll out the full text over three phases, as resources and expertise permit. We are currently focusing on Phase 1, and will move onto the others in future iterations of the book.
Phase 1: The first phase will focus on the basics of human geography (as expressed in objective i).
Phase 2: Subsequent revisions will see us bring on board practising geographers, who will provide case studies that highlight how the discipline can be applied outside of the academic environment (objective ii).
Phase 3: Finally, we hope to develop datasets and exercises that enable students to explore the practical application of human geography (objective iii).
We are also using a modular approach to develop the text such that local examples or materials can be swapped out by instructors in other jurisdictions and anticipate the book will be adapted into other international editions in future.
This book will cover the major themes or sub-areas within human geography. Each section will introduce and define key themes and concepts in human geography and will be supplemented by openly licensed images and illustrations. Where appropriate the text will introduce students to the work and wisdom of practicing geographers from a variety of subfields. The students should benefit from this project by having a textbook that covers a good deal of the discipline, while emphasizing the practical aspects of a geography education. Additionally, it is anticipated that by having a text with a broad range of resources and media types it will be more engaging for the students, resulting in greater uptake in the form of completing the assigned readings, and, potentially, larger numbers of students in the course or program. Finally, a not-insignificant benefit for students will be a sharp reduction in the costs of mandatory materials.
In future, the text will also be accompanied by an open lab manual with exercises related to human geography.
This project couldn’t happen without your participation. All contributing authors will be credited prominently in their chapter, the book, the metadata and promotional materials. All editors, reviewers and other contributors will also be credited.
Below is a current outline/table of contents for this project.
Chapter 1 – Principles and Practice of Human Geography
Chapter 2 – Geographic Tools and Spatial Relationships
Chapter 3 – Population Structure and Mobility
Chapter 4 – Geography of Identity
Chapter 5 – Political Geographies of Territory and Space
Chapter 6 – Development
Chapter 7 – Natural Resources and the Environment
Chapter 8 – Industry and Labour
Chapter 9 – Settlements and Services
Chapter 10 – Urban Landscapes
Chapter 11 – Health and Well-being
Chapter 12 – Practicing Human Geography
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