Instructor: Dr. Crystal Felima | | 202-455-0267

Human Geography involves an examination of the setting in which people live their lives as part of a continual process of struggle and transformation. The course focuses on the spatial arrangements of population growth and distribution, cultural differentiation, urban growth and decline, the spread of ideas and innovations, regional development, and the location of economic activity, as well as problems associated with these processes. This introductory course will you to several subfields of study, including population, urban, economic, cultural, and political geography, as well as fundamental geographic concepts. 

The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It’s about understanding the complexity of our world appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together.-President Barack Obama 

The central concern of the course is the analysis of the relationship between society, place and space. It focuses on social, economic, political, cultural and human-environment processes and patterns and how they change over space and time. The course aims to engender a critical geographical perspective on the past, present and future development of the social world. This critical viewpoint is of crucial importance in the generation of a broad and informed understanding of the world.