Graduate Courses

GEOG 500 Geographic Thought (5)
Explores key theoretical positions and debates that have affected Geography in recent decades, including colonial mappings, imperialism, development theory, environmental determinism, landscape and region, the quantitative revolution, historical materialism, and feminism. Examines ways that current positions both build upon and transform their historical antecedents

GEOG 502 Professional Writing in Geography (*, max. 6)

GEOG 505 Spatial Dimensions of Chinese Development (5, max. 10) Chan
Addresses several major spatial topics critical to present-day China’s development, including: population and land relationship, the spatial structures of economic activities and governments; rural-urban relations and transition; central-local relations; the hukou system; population mobility at different spatial scales, and urban centers. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Kam Wing Chan

GEOG 511 Contemporary Research Design in Geography (5)
Reviews the key steps in designing and executing high-caliber independent research in geography. Students generate a research proposal that can further their own thesis or dissertation research.

GEOG 512 History of Geographic Thought (5)
Historical development of modern geography. Emphasis on various philosophical and methodological debates in geography and the contexts from which they emerged. Investigates geography’s foundational concepts and institutions; how they have responded to — and influenced — the world around them. Offered: A.

GEOG 513 Research Grant Workshop (5, max. 10)
Writing research proposals. Participants learn to identify and approach sponsors; practice the peer-review process; develop a competitive research proposal. Prerequisite: GEOG 512 or GEOG 515 or equivalent; training and experience with quantitative, qualitative, or cartographic analysis; an already-formulated research project.

GEOG 514 GIS Problem Solving (5) Nyerges
Introduces geospatial information technologies including geographic information systems, global positioning systems, remote sensing, and spatial decision support systems for addressing complex geospatial problems. Students gain an understanding of integrated data processing strategies including problem definition, database design, data collection, data structuring, data analysis, and information presentation. Offered: S.

GEOG 515 Evidence and Explanation in Geography (5) Sparke
Introduces the main strands of philosophical debate shaping the discipline of human geography, including description, prediction, explanation, abstraction, structuration, representation, and institutionalization. Focuses on ways “theories” from outside the discipline have shaped the questions and concerns of geographers, and the ways geography reworks such theories. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Matthew Sparke

GEOG 520 Research Seminar: Geographic Information Representation (5) Nyerges
Current issues in geographic information representation for geographic information systems (GIS). Includes representation for visualization, databases, and analyses. Prerequisite: one course in GIS.
Instructor Course Description: Timothy L. Nyerges

GEOG 521 Research Seminar: Critical GIS (5) Elwood
Examines theoretical and methodological foundations and practices of critical GIS research; considers philosophical and practical considerations in mixed methods research that incorporates GIS and other spatial technologies. Offered: Sp.

GEOG 525 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Geography (5) England, Herbert, Jarosz
Examines why and how qualitative methods can be used to pursue research in geography. Includes consideration of theoretical, ethical, and political issues that arise with qualitative methods. Offers considerable practice in such methods as ethnography, focus groups, interviewing, discourse and content analyses, narrative analysis, and archival analysis.

GEOG 526 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Geography (5) Morrill, Withers
Introduces elementary spatial statistics and advanced statistical techniques in quantitative human geography. Methods reviewed include geographic applications of multiple regression analysis, spatial statistics and spatial autocorrelation, geographically weighted regression, factor analysis, discriminant analysis, and logistic regression. Prioritizes the interpretation and application of methods. Prerequisite: GEOG 326 or equivalent. Offered: Sp

GEOG 531 Latin American Development Seminar (5, max. 10) Lawson
Evolution of development theory in Latin America from a spatial perspective. Theories and development issues, using case studies from Latin America. How geographers have conceptualized development problems and solutions. Prerequisite: GEOG 430.

GEOG 532 Rural Development Seminar (5, max. 10) Jarosz
Contemporary issues in international development theory related to regional and agrarian change, with emphasis on Africa.

GEOG 533 Research Seminar: Russia and the Newly Independent States (5, max. 10) ZumBrunnen

Instructor Course Description: Craig Zumbrunnen

GEOG 536 Advanced Research Seminar on South Asian Geographies (5)
Examines geographies of social inequality in South Asia through reference to how space, place, and the environment are shaping practices of political struggle in the region. Considers how liberalization, democratization and religious communalization are changing the political geography of South Asia. Offered jointly with SISSA 536, Sp.

GEOG 540 Research Seminar: Industrial Geography (5, max. 10) Beyers
Offered: W.

GEOG 541 Research Seminar: Feminist Geographies (5) England
Explores major research themes in feminist geographies. Particular attention to the concept that gendered identities and spaces are discursively (re)produced. Emphasizes recent feminist scholarship that emphasizes difference, as well as the intersections between gender, “race,” ethnicity, sexuality, age, nationality, class, and other social identities and divisions. Offered: jointly with WOMEN 541; W.
Instructor Course Description: Kim V.L. England

GEOG 542 Research Seminar: Social and Population Geography (5, max. 10) Withers
Classic and contemporary theoretical and empirical research in social and population geography. Specific focus changes annually.

GEOG 543 Research Seminar: Topics in Immigration, Ethnicity, and Race (5, max. 10) Ellis
Theoretical and empirical research issues in the geographies of immigration, ethnicity, and race. Specific focus changes annually.

GEOG 544 Event History Analysis of Social and Spatial Change (5) Withers
Examines life course research using event-history analysis with applications to the substantive areas of household dynamics, family formation and dissolution, marriage, cohabitation, and divorce, migration histories, residential mobility, and housing careers. Examines continuous- and discrete-time longitudinal models during practical laboratory sessions.

GEOG 553 Advanced Topics in Cultural Geography (5, max. 10) Mitchell
Focuses on important contemporary topics in cultural geography. Examines current theoretical debates in anthropology, sociology, geography, feminist criticism, and cultural studies as they relate to the landscape. Include critical questions surrounding issues of representation and ethnography. Designed to help student prepare for advanced fieldwork. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Katharyne Mitchell

GEOG 560 Principles of GIS Mapping (5)
Origins, development, and methods of cartographic mapping. Principles of data representation and map design for thematic mapping and spatial analysis. Introduction of principles of geographic information systems (GIS).

GEOG 561 Urban Geographic Information Systems (5) Elwood, Nyerges
Uses geographic information systems to investigate urban/regional issues, including transportation, land use, environment, emergency response, and public health. Spatial data acquisition, structuring, management, and analysis in a GIS environment; for urban planning, government, and research applications. Prerequisite: 2.0 in GEOG 560 or permission of instructor. Offered: W.

GEOG 562 Coastal Geographic Information Systems (5) Nyerges
Combines lectures about fundamental concepts in geographic information systems with methods in hands-on computer lab assignments about coastal environment-society issues. Includes coastal feature data measurement, characterization, and movement related to the land-water and environment-society dynamic. Prerequisite: GEOG 560 or equivalent. Offered: A.

GEOG 566 Research Seminar on Regional Economic Geography (5) Harrington
Provides the opportunity to read and discuss key articles on the theory and study of subnational, regional economic development in industrial and “post-industrial” settings, to develop a research program, and to get feedback on research and writing.

GEOG 567 Research Seminar: Geography and Economic Development (5, max. 10) Harrington
Explores ways in which economic and social changes affect the well-being and development of subnational, regional economies. Explanatory roles of such factors as labor and labor institutions, governments, technical change, corporations, capital markets, information costs, and international trade in the process of global restructuring. Specific focus changes annually.
Instructor Course Description: James W. Harrington

GEOG 569 Geographic Information Systems Workshop (5) Elwood, Nyerges
Practical experience applying geographic information system (GIS) tools to analyze spatial data. Workshop format involves team-based work on GIS application project for community or university partners; diverse background encourages. Prerequisite: either 2.0 in GEOG 561 or 2.0 in GEOG 562. Offered: Sp.

GEOG 570 Research Seminar: Natural Resources Analysis (3, max. 6) ZumBrunnen

GEOG 572 Research Seminar: Queer Geographies (5) Brown
Explores the relationship between queer theory and critical human geography. Covers classic themes and debates, as well as new and emerging topics. Asks how geographic thought can be queered, as well as how queer studies can be augmented or critiqued with a geographical imagination. Offered: A.

GEOG 573 Urban Political Geography: Research Seminar (5) Brown
Covers both classic and contemporary theoretical debates and research on the relation between power, place, and the local scale. Considers both conventional sites (e.g., the local state) as well as new forms and locations of city politics (e.g., sexuality and the body).
Instructor Course Description: Michael P. Brown

GEOG 574 Research Seminar: Geography, Law, and Social Control (5) Herbert
Explores relationship between the construction and enforcement of law and the landscape of lived experience; reviews major approaches in socio-legal analysis and seeks to augment these with insights from contemporary human geography research; explores various ways in which geographical variance shapes legal behavior.

GEOG 575 Advanced Political Geography (5) Sparke
Provides resources for theorizing how politics shapes and is shaped by geographical relationships. Examines how politics are situated in complex material and discursive geographies that are partly reproduced through political negotiations. Examines interrelationships of contemporary capitalism with other complex systems of social and political power relations. Offered: jointly with SIS 575.
Instructor Course Description: Matthew Sparke

GEOG 577 Research Seminar: Internal Spatial Structure of Cities (4, max. 8) Brown
Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Michael P. Brown

GEOG 578 Research Seminar: Theorizing the City (5) Ellis
Considers classic and contemporary writings in urban theory in the twentieth century, including social ecology (Chicago School), political economy, and contemporary theoretical debates in poststructuralism, deconstructionism, and culture as they relate to cities and space. Offered: W.

GEOG 580 Medical Geography (3) Mayer
Geography of disease, consideration in health systems planning. Analysis of distributions, diffusion models, migration studies. Application of distance, optimal location models to health systems planning; emergency medical services; distribution of health professionals; cultural variations in health behavior. Prerequisite: familiarity with social science research; health-related issues. Offered: jointly with HSERV 586; W.
Instructor Course Description: Jonathan D Mayer

GEOG 581 Seminar in Medical Geography (5, max. 10) Mayer
Intensive research seminar dealing with new and promising research themes in medical geography and public health. Offered: jointly with HSERV 585; A.
Instructor Course Description: Jonathan D Mayer

GEOG 582 GIS Data Management (5) I&S Nyerges
Examines the principles and application of geospatial database management software, including personal and enterprise geodatabase management solutions. Considers enterprise architectures for GIS relative to organizational size. Addresses collaborative uses of Internet, Intranet, and Extranet architectures. Offers case studies in database management, with a variety of dataset types and sizes. Offered: W.

GEOG 588 Advanced Urban Ecology (5) ZumBrunnen
Discussion of current and important theoretical and empirical papers in urban ecology. Students continue to research interdisciplinary urban ecology projects while developing publishable manuscripts and oral presentations. Offered: jointly with CFR 588; AWSp.

GEOG 598 Geography Colloquium (1, max. 3)
Participation in, and critique of, student thesis and dissertation research, faculty research, and visitor contributions. Offered: AWSp.

GEOG 600 Independent Study or Research (*)
Offered: AWSpS.

GEOG 700 Master’s Thesis (*)
Offered: AWSpS.

GEOG 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*)
Offered: AWSpS.