Registration deadline for spring 2022 classes is January 9, 2022
Seminars planned for spring 2022
GEOG 510 Seminar in Physical Geography will be taught by Shujie Wang
GEOG 520-section 1 Seminar in Human Geography will be taught by Joshua Inwood
GEOG 520-section 2 Seminar in Human Geography will be taught by Emily Rosenman
GEOG 530 Seminar in Human-Environment Interactions will be taught by William Easterling
Spring 2022 GEOG 510 Seminar in Physical Geography
Advances of Remote Sensing in Physical Geography
Instructor: Shujie Wang
This graduate seminar examines how various remote sensing techniques advance our knowledge in physical geography. We will learn and discuss the principles and applications of different remote sensing techniques for earth science studies, including 1) Optical Remote Sensing over Land and Water; 2) Thermal Remote Sensing; 3) Passive and Active Microwave Remote Sensing; 4) Space gravimetry; and 5) Radar and laser altimetry.
Spring 2022 GEOG 520-001 Seminar in Human Geography
Landscape and Race
Instructor: Joshua Inwood
Conflicts over public health, in the face of COVID-19, and the older but no less lethal pandemic of white supremacy and police brutality against people of color are indicative of the central place that landscape plays within the struggle to create a more just and sustainable society. These realities raise key questions for scholarship and practitioners of landscape studies: To what purpose can an understanding of landscape, of its revelatory power and meaning, play in exposing for critical scrutiny the realities of poverty and racism, of violence and militarism, the conditions of sexism and patriarchy that characterize life and death in the United States?
Spring 2022 GEOG 520-002 Seminar in Human Geography
Economic geography: Finance, politics, and inequality
Instructor: Emily Rosenman
With widening wealth inequality, increasing volatility in financial markets, and growing instability in social and environmental systems, understanding the functioning of the capitalist economy is fundamental to many of the questions facing geographers today. This seminar introduces political economic thought and debates in economic geography and is aimed both at students new to the subject and those centering it in their studies. Rather than viewing the economy as a distinct object, we will examine how economic activity is shaped by political and social struggles over the distribution of resources, as well as how the economic is interwoven with (and contributes to) various manifestations of inequality.
Spring 2022 GEOG 530 Seminar in Human-Environment Interactions
Humans in the Earth System
Instructor: William E. Easterling
Earth System Science is an approach to understanding how the planet operates as a single, complex adaptive system driven by the diverse interactions among energy, matter, and organisms, especially including humans. This seminar explores the power of the Earth System approach to understanding dynamic change that is altering the sustainability of the biosphere across scales and ecosystems.