A survey of (1) the philosophical and intellectual foundations of Geography as a discipline, and (2) contemporary ideas and debates in major subfields of geographic research.
Justification for Revisions to Geography 801
This course has been offered for many years as a requirement for our PhD students. The course provides an understanding of the breadth and of the historical and philosophical underpinnings of geography as a scholarly discipline. The proposed changes in title and description are primarily a modernization of course structure, readings, and assignments, reflecting subtle changes in our discipline and the strengths of the present faculty.
Learning outcomes need to be phrased in terms of what students will know and/or be able to do as a result of successful completion of this course. Action verbs that lend themselves to assessment are needed.
A grading scale is required. For example:
A=90-100%; B+=85-89% B=80-84% C+=75-79% C=70-74% D+=65-69% D=60-64% F=0-59%
The syllabus stands as a model but not a requirement for whomever may teach the class. Hence, more than a reading list is required. A framework to represent 14 weeks (or equivalent) is required. Please see ACAF 2.03 for questions about requirements. The CTE provides helpful templates for syllabi outlines.
Last, a statement about academic integrity is also required.
Syllabus needs an attendance policy that clearly states how many absences are allowed and what will happen after that threshold is met.
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Updates will appear in the 2021 Graduate Bulletin to be published 2.15.20.