Geography 100 Unit An Introduction To Geography The Meaning of The Word

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Geography 1100 Unit 1 - An Introduction To Geography

  • The Meaning of The Word

    • Geo – World (Earth)
    • Graphei – To Write

Three Recurring Themes

  • Humans and Land

  • Regional Studies

  • Spatial Analysis



The Goal of Human Geography

  • The goal of human geography is to teach us about the world we live in and how we live in the world.

  • Geographers often tend to be generalists who are seeking to identify and understand the interconnectedness of things.



Human Geographic Concepts:



Human Geographic Concepts: “Space”

  • Absolute Space

  • Relative Space



Human Geographic Concepts: “Distance”

  • Distance

    • Distance Decay (Friction of Distance)
    • Accessibility
    • Interaction
    • Agglomeration
    • Deglomeration
  • Types of Distance

    • Absolute (Linear) Distance
    • Time Distance
    • Economic Distance
    • Psychological (Cognitive & Social) Distance


Human Geographic Concepts: “Location”

  • Location



Human Geographic Concepts: “Place”

  • Place

    • Sense of place
    • Sacred space
    • Placelessness
    • Topophilia
    • Topophobia


Human Geographic Concepts: “Region”

  • Formal (Uniform) Regions

  • Functional (Nodal) Regions

  • Vernacular Regions



Human Geographic Concepts: “Distance”

  • Distance

    • Distance Decay (Friction of Distance)
    • Accessibility
    • Interaction
    • Agglomeration
    • Deglomeration
  • Types of Distance

    • Absolute (Linear) Distance
    • Time Distance
    • Economic Distance
    • Psychological (Cognitive & Social) Distance


Human Geographic Concepts: “Scale”

  • Scale –

    • Technical
      • Small Scale
      • Large Scale
    • Subjective
    • Temporal Scale
    • Social Scale


Human Geographic Concepts: “Diffusion”

  • Diffusion

    • Relocation Diffusion
    • Contagious Diffusion
    • Hierarchical Diffusion


Human Geographic Concepts: “Perception”

  • Perception

    • Mental images of other places are changing. We are becoming increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of places.
    • Mental maps demonstrate that we all perceive places in different ways.
    • The metal maps of specific individuals can greatly impact many other people. (Can impact industrial location)
    • Serious problems are created if people in power have distorted mental maps.
    • Mental maps and people’s perceptions of places can change.


Human Geographic Concepts: “Development”

  • Development



Human Geographic Concepts: “Discourse”

  • Discourse




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