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GEOG 106. People and the Planet

Credits: 3
Department: Geography & Planning
Description: Human impact on the biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. Case studies of current environmental issues emphasizing the interrelationship between human systems and natural systems on the global and local scales.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will describe the basic structure and function of four key spheres on our planet; atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere. They will utilize a range of tools to discern the human adaptations and impacts made on those systems.
2. Students will construct a vision of patterns and interrelationships of bio-physical and socio-cultural systems by engaging with material presented in class through diverse instructional means and strategies.
3. Students will use social, legal, political, and economic data to analyze the degree of the human world's connection to the natural world in all four spheres using both global and local examples.
4. Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate sources of conflicting information with respect to environmental issues (e.g. global warming or end of the age of petroleum).
5. Students will articulate and assess alternative solutions to environmental problems in their work.

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