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Landforming effects of surface-water movement with emphasis on surface-water hydrology, streamflow mechanics, floods, sediment transport and storage, and landform evolution. Field trips included.

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Weathering, erosional and depositional processes, and landforms in karst and arid areas. Formation of sinkholes, sinking streams, caves, springs, sand dunes, playas, and yardangs. Geoarchaeological and other evidence on the nature of past environments, including dating cave and aeolian sediments…

Chronology and geomorphic, isotopic, and palynological evidence of Quaternary paleoclimates. The effects of past climatic changes upon present landscapes, historic short-term fluctuations in temperature and precipitation, and possible explanations for climatic change are emphasized.

Chronology and geomorphic, isotopic, and palynological evidence of Quaternary paleoclimates. The effects of past climatic changes upon present landscapes, historic short-term fluctuations in temperature and precipitation, and possible explanations for climatic change are emphasized.

Methods in measurement, observation, recording and synthesis of field data in physical geography. Students conduct field research and present oral and written reports (with maps) of findings.

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Emphasis is placed on field observation of geomorphic systems (tectonic, volcanic, weathering, soils, hillslopes, fluvial, glacial, eolian, coastal, periglacial) on field trips, which may occur locally or abroad. The course involves travel to places with good examples of multiple geomorphic…

A quantitative investigation of large-scale atmospheric motion. Equations of motion are derived from basic physical laws. Concepts of vorticity, quasi-geostrophic theory, and general circulation are addressed.

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A quantitative investigation of large-scale atmospheric motion. Equations of motion are derived from basic physical laws. Concepts of vorticity, quasi-geostrophic theory, and general circulation are addressed.

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Theory and observations to understand mid-latitude weather systems. Focus is on application of quasi-geostrophic theory in weather forecasting. Analysis and interpretation of weather maps and numerical models. Development and life cycle of cyclones, fronts, and jet streams.

Theory and observations to understand mid-latitude weather systems. Focus is on application of quasi-geostrophic theory in weather forecasting. Analysis and interpretation of weather maps and numerical models. Development and life cycle of cyclones, fronts, and jet streams.

A weather forecasting practicum that provides an opportunity for students to obtain real-time, real-world experience forecasting conventional weather parameters at selected cities in the United States.

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A weather forecasting practicum that provides an opportunity for students to obtain real-time, real-world experience forecasting conventional weather parameters at selected cities in the United States.

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Application of satellite remote sensing in meteorology and climatology. Applications include clouds, atmospheric water vapor and precipitation, the Earth's radiation budget, sea and land surface temperatures.

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Application of satellite remote sensing in meteorology and climatology. Applications include clouds, atmospheric water vapor and precipitation, the Earth's radiation budget, sea and land surface temperatures.

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Advanced, quantitative study of Earth's physical climate. Includes global energy balance, surface-atmosphere energy exchanges, surface hydrology and water budget at various temporal and spatial scales. Methods of measuring and modeling are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate how the…

Advanced, quantitative study of Earth's physical climate. Includes global energy balance, surface-atmosphere energy exchanges, surface hydrology and water budget at various temporal and spatial scales. Methods of measuring and modeling are discussed. Case studies are used to illustrate how the…

Hydrometeorology bridges atmospheric sciences and hydrology, including formation and distribution of liquid and solid precipitation, floods, and drought, and impacts on water resources. Topics address the observing, modeling, and forecasting of fluxes, flow, and storage of liquid water, ice, and…

Hydrometeorology bridges atmospheric sciences and hydrology, including formation and distribution of liquid and solid precipitation, floods, and drought, and impacts on water resources. Topics address the observing, modeling, and forecasting of fluxes, flow, and storage of liquid water, ice, and…

Do cities create their own thunderstorms? Will pollution from emerging mega-cities change climate? Exploration of fundamental concepts of the urban-climate system, observational and modeling strategies for studying the urban-climate system, and context for how human activity in the built…

Do cities create their own thunderstorms? Will pollution from emerging mega-cities change climate? Exploration of fundamental concepts of the urban-climate system, observational and modeling strategies for studying the urban-climate system, and context for how human activity in the built…

An introduction to the interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere. Energy, moisture, and carbon exchange in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum with applications to managed and natural environments. The impact of weather and climate on humans and domesticated animals. Elementary turbulent…

An introduction to the interactions between the biosphere and atmosphere. Energy, moisture, and carbon exchange in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum with applications to managed and natural environments. The impact of weather and climate on humans and domesticated animals. Elementary turbulent…

Fundamental theory, analysis, and exercises on mesoscale weather phenomena and principles of radar meteorology. A major topical focus will be thunderstorms, mesoscale convective systems, and tornadic supercells. Other topics will include mesoscale classification, observing systems, the boundary…

Fundamental theory, analysis, and exercises on mesoscale weather phenomena and principles of radar meteorology. A major topical focus will be thunderstorms, mesoscale convective systems, and tornadic supercells. Other topics will include mesoscale classification, observing systems, the boundary…

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Patterns of plant distribution in contemporary landscapes and underlying processes, including vegetation dynamics, disturbance ecology, biogeomorphology, dendrochronology, and environmental history.

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Biogeography and ecology of the world's main terrestrial biomes. Includes world bioclimatic zonation, plant-geographic processes, other physical environmental factors, plant functional roles and types, vegetation dynamics, response to disturbance, and potential natural vegetation. Emphasis on…

Study-abroad to examine issues pertaining to the management of forested landscapes in the visited country. Introductory lectures on the natural and cultural history of the visited country will be followed by extended field examination of the country's forest resources and their management.

An exploration of the comparative dimensions of Black and Irish experiences in the Atlantic world through the study of cultural production from the United States, Africa, Britain, the Caribbean, and Ireland.

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Field studies to explore the management and conservation of natural resources with a focus on issues related to forestry, wildlife, ecology, recreation and tourism, geology, and/or coastal/water resources. The impact of humans on these resources will also be emphasized.

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Effects of conservation and development in coastal Guanacaste Province. Students will visit national parks, resorts, and local communities to examine conservation and development issues. Course assignments will focus on integrating what students are learning experientially with literature on the…

Mountain ecological principles are applied in geographical settings of Latin America and the Caribbean. Geographical narratives of culture and nature emphasize human-environment interactions on tropical mountains, cultural landscapes, ethnic traditional knowledge, post-colonial political effects…

Descriptive and inferential techniques used in quantitative geographic analysis. Probability distributions, sampling techniques, parametric and nonparametric inference, analysis of variance, spatial autocorrelation measures and regression procedures. Applications of statistical methods to…

An introduction to qualitative research problems in geography and to the major modes of qualitative data collection, analysis, and representation. Students will gain practical experience with interviews, focus groups, archival research, and observation techniques.

Principles and techniques of extracting descriptive and metric information about the environment from aerial photographs acquired in analog and digital forms. Applications emphasize planimetric mapping and interpretation of physical and cultural landscapes. A term project using the techniques is…

Remote sensing with emphasis on aerospace applications in the natural sciences. Fundamental properties of the electromagnetic spectrum and remote sensing devices such as multispectral cameras, thermal infrared line scanners, and television and radar imaging systems.

Fundamentals of geographic information science (GIS) concepts and techniques, and to foster students' geographical thinking in a GIS environment. Students will exercise concepts and techniques through hands-on practices in ArcGIS, a leading GIS software package.

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Principles and applications of geographic information systems (GIS). Examines the nature and accuracy of spatially referenced data, as well as methods of data capture, storage, retrieval, visualization, modeling, and output using one or more GIS software packages.

An exploration of the uses of Geographic Information Science (GIS) technology in agricultural applications. Basics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for location reference, GIS for field investigation, and remote sensing for crop and soil evaluation will be explored. Construction of GIS…

Theoretical frameworks for transportation network modeling and transportation planning strategies are explored. Conceptual issues linking geographic information systems and computer-based technologies with transportation modeling and planning problems are discussed. Recent developments in GIS-…

Introduces students to the ways GIS is used by city and state agencies, non-profit organizations, and community groups. It provides advanced instruction on collecting and storing geospatial data and creating online maps for public consumption. The course includes a required service-learning…

Theory and application of computer technology in the preparation of thematic maps and graphics. Emphasis on the creation, analysis, and display of statistical surfaces. Students explore trends in cartographic visualization methods, including interactive and animated mapping techniques.

Theories of analytical and digital (soft copy) photogrammetry as applied to topographic mapping. Topics include refinement of photographic measurements, coordinate transformations, stereoscopic parallax, collinearity equations, aerial triangulation, orthophotography, and digital image…

A geospatial image analysis course that will allow students to obtain necessary skills to process airborne/satellite images for environmental resources mapping and monitoring.

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A field-based remote sensing course that teaches students the theory and practical applications of field spectroscopy or proximal sensing (non-imaging systems). The field exercises will include experiment design and data collection using in situ sensors, model calibration, and validation to…

Geographic analytical methods and implementation. Theory and concepts of spatial analysis. Description, reduction, and comparison of point, line, area, and volumetric geographic data sets. Implementation and limitation of geographic information systems.

Advanced concepts in the development and implementation of geographic information science (GIS) are presented, including consideration of the underlying structure of GIS models, geo-database design and geocomputation, GIS applications to locational decision making, network analysis, geographic…

Students with basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills will advance their knowledge and techniques to better conduct GIS research on health and the environment. Course modules include advanced GIS analysis and modeling, GIS methods and application for health and environmental data,…

Computer programming skills tailored to the needs of advanced users of geographic information science (GIS) are developed, including customization of GIS applications with academic and commercial programming tools. Topics include GIS user-interface design, advanced functions and tools coding,…

The geography of retail activity and consumer demand. Principles of locational decision-making for retail and service firms.

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Advanced theoretical and empirical issues in economic geography, such as impacts of globalization, regional development, trade patterns, and labor issues. Topics will vary.

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Urban growth and approaches to urban analysis. Urbanization processes within urban systems, including economic, demographic, social, and technological change.

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The relationship, historical and contemporary, between race, inequality, and the American city. The focus will be on how urban space becomes racially structured and how racial process shapes urban space.

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An advanced urban geographic course that will focus on the intersection of urban social justice and the mobilization of urban social movements. This course analyzes the rationales, strategies, successes, and failures of urban social movement formation and their connections to ideas associated…

An advanced urban geographic course that focuses on the interconnected and intersecting politics of nature in the city. This course analyzes how urban geographic process help produce, and are in turn co-produced, through urban environmental processes. Special attention will be given to processes…

Addresses questions of power, politics, and identity in the urban environment, with a focus upon Paris. The course will only be taught in Paris as a study abroad course.

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Examination of the interrelations between cities and films, which are both tightly intertwined and quintessential elements of modern life. To do so, we analyze films to understand how the urban experience has been narrated. We also explore how cinematic narratives relate to the historical…

The distribution of world population and an introduction to population data and to basic demographic techniques. Topics include theories of population change, fertility, mortality, migration, population policy, and population-environment relationships.

The regional basis of economic growth and industry case studies. The impact of product and process innovation, entrepreneurship, globalization, and the service economy on the spatial distribution of industry.

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Regional development and the implications of globalization to regional economies of the industrialized countries. Discussions on the changing dynamics of international competition and the reorganization of production. Contemporary trends in regional economic development policy, including high…

Geographical aspects of Third World development, including population growth, migration, industrialization, trade, and foreign aid. The spatial characteristics of economic development are viewed at the conceptual level and implications for policy discussed.

Relationships between gender and globalization. Women and development, industrialization, and third world regions.

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An in-depth engagement with a major issue in contemporary political geography. Topics are drawn from the Introduction to Political Geography course and might include geopolitics, legal geography, the geography of nations and nationalism, political violence, or migrations.

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Political issues affecting Europe, with a focus upon France. Topics may include political violence, migration, the development of extremist/nationalist groups, and international institutions' impacts upon domestic politics.

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This field course focuses on the physical environment of Georgia by examining the diverse geology, soils, and surface and subsurface hydrologic processes within the state. We will travel to all of Georgia's physiographic areas, visiting mines, farms, forests, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and…

Geographic and socio-economic issues that face sub-Saharan economies into the twenty-first century. Emphasis on the physical landscape, environmental conditions, social and cultural distributions, and strategies and theories of economic development.

The geography of Latin America, including physical, cultural, and economic characteristics of different regions. Prospects for expansion of settlement, development of resources, and growth of industries.

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The physical and human geography of contemporary China. Emphasis is on modernization and development of agriculture, industry, and transportation within the context of China's resource base and large population.

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The physical and human geography of East and Southeast Asia. Major focus on resources, land utilization, population characteristics and distributions as they relate to economic and political problems. Emphasis is on Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, and Indo-China.

Geographic issues that affect Europe into the twenty-first century. Emphasis on current economic, social, and political controversies in Europe, as well as the historical context for these.

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Exploration of digital/internet issues related to archaeology, geography, and the digital humanities, e.g., who owns the past, and how do we disseminate (or withhold) information about our shared national and global heritage?

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Ecological and economic analysis of human use of global and regional resources, emphasizing ecological requirements, sustainable use, and holistic decision-making. Topics include ecosystem dynamics, functional biodiversity, landscape management, socioeconomic traps, global change, and ecological…

Examination of the historical and geographic development of the industrialized global agro-food system. Alternatives to the global agro-industrial food system, such as organic food production, local food movements, and urban food systems are presented. Students will critically examine the…

Through cooperative agreement with local non-governmental agencies targeting hunger relief, this course provides students with service-learning experience growing produce for local consumption. Lectures, readings, and critical writing assignments address different aspects of the industrial food…

A common framework will be established by which graduate students in geography can design, implement, and conduct research. This will be achieved by: examining the processes involved in designing a research project; understanding the different methodological approaches to research; developing…

Collaborative research on outstanding research problems in the atmospheric sciences.

Directed study.

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Independent research and readings on geographical topics by arrangement with specific faculty.

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This course will allow students to engage in independent directed research.

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Crops and cropping systems in tropical America; influences of geography, climate, and socioeconomic factors, as well as the impact of agriculture, on the ecosystems of the region.

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Intensive field study in a tropical Latin American country; crops and cropping systems of tropical America; influences of geography, climate, and socioeconomic factors, as well as the impact of agriculture on the ecosystems of the region. Conducted in a tropical Latin American country.

Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director for senior Honors students.

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Individual study, reading, or projects under the direction of a project director for senior Honors students.

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Individual research in the major or related field for a senior Honors student.

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Research while enrolled for a master's degree under the direction of faculty members.

Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.

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Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

Seminar.

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Thesis writing under the direction of the major professor.

Independent research and thesis preparation.

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Advanced problems in geomorphology and physiography. Topics may vary.

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Methods used in reconstructing the hydrological and vegetation characteristics of former environments. Emphasis is on the analysis of cave, fluvial, and marine sediments. The changing Quaternary environments of North America, Europe, and Africa are discussed in detail. Specific topics may vary…

Supervised work experience in conservation organizations or government agencies. Students will be exposed to the day-to-day management of conservation programs and projects, including budgeting, personnel and risk management, and long-range planning.

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Supervised work experience in conservation organizations or government agencies. Students will be exposed to the day-to-day management of conservation programs and projects, including budgeting, personnel and risk management, and long-range planning.

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Advanced topics in physical climatology such as climate change, microclimatology, urban climatology or synoptic climatology. Specific topics may vary.

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Advanced topics and research trends in biogeography. Specific topics may vary.

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Geographical ecology, with specific topics ranging from landscape to global scale (e.g., landscape ecology, regional ecology, conservation problems, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, global ecology and global change).

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Examination of the theoretical and methodological underpinnings of the transnational turn in area studies, with the aim of ascertaining the implications of this development for comparative literature in the global context.

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Advanced topics and research trends in environmental geography. Specific topics may vary.

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Advanced problems in physical geography. Topics vary.

Directed study.

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Application of multivariate statistical procedures to research problems in geography, with emphasis on peculiarities of such applications. Spatial autocorrelation, areal aggregation, modifiable areal unit problem, spatial interpolation, and trend surfaces are investigated with statistical and…

Readings address the purpose, scope, and procedures of qualitative research in human geography. Principle themes: a) situating qualitative research, b) epistemological stances, c) strategies of inquiry/methodologies, d) research methods, and e) representing qualitative research. Students will…

Mapping datums, coordinate systems, and accuracy requirements for geographic information systems (GIS). Global positioning system (GPS), softcopy photogrammetry, and digital image processing techniques for GIS database construction. GIS modeling for environmental studies. Includes the use of…

Comparative and historical analysis of labor movements, social class, and politics in developed and developing countries. Emphasis on labor and globalization, changing structure of work, and democratic politics.

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Topics in statistical analysis of geographic data and geographic modeling.

Class hours are by arrangement with the relevant faculty and vary depending on credit hours.

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Exploration of the history of engaged forms of research in the social and behavioral sciences. Graduate students will become familiar with different engagement paradigms or models, reflect on each with respect to wider critiques of engagement, and explore how to navigate the complexities…

Topics on geospatial analysis tools to display, analyze, model and visualize landscape characteristics. Aspects of geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatial analysis, geovisualization, landscape metrics, and landscape ecology will be included.

Special problems in the application of cartography. Emphasis on problems involving map design and production, computer graphics, map perception, cartographic visualization, and map animation.

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The extraction of quantitative and qualitative information from aerial photographs, with emphasis on appropriateness of various approaches and on means of improving interpretation accuracy. Includes applications involving physical, human, and regional geography.

Advanced problems in photointerpretation, photogrammetry, and remote sensing. Topics may vary. Emphasis on research and applications.

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Problems in geographic information systems, including methods and techniques and the application to specific topical areas.

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Topics in mapping sciences, such as cartography, air-photo interpretation, remote sensing, photogrammetry, and geographic information systems.

Class hours are by arrangement with relevant faculty and vary depending on credit hours.

An exploration of the political economy of capitalism. An examination of how capitalism operates as a political economic system, how it is organized spatially, and how space and place are implicated in how it functions.

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Topics and research problems in urban geography. Topics may vary.

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Theoretical and empirical issues in population geography. Topics vary, and include geographic aspects of immigration, internal migration, fertility, mortality, and age structure.

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Topics on regional development and effects of globalization on regional economies of industrialized countries. Specific topics may vary.

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Research topics related to the geographical aspects of feminism and gender identity. Topics will vary by instructor.

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Problems in advanced topics in human geography. Topics may vary. Classroom hours are by arrangement with the relevant faculty member and vary depending on credit hours.

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Problems, methods, and techniques in human-environment relationships and economic development, including decision-making strategies in resource exploitation.

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Introduction to the graduate program and the departmental faculty, including major foci of research activities and directions within the department.

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The primary objective of the course is to enhance the experience of new graduate students and their interaction with faculty beyond Proseminar in Geography. This may involve attending colloquial and professional development workshops and other activities that stimulate development of first-year…

Development of geographical philosophy and methods; contemporary methodological concepts and problems. Required for all graduate majors.

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Contemporary debates concerning space and society. Epistemological and ontological debates within geography relating to the spatial constitution of society and the social production of geographical knowledge.

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Contemporary debates concerning space and society. Epistemological and ontological debates within geography relating to the spatial constitution of society and the social production of geographical knowledge.

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Advanced supervised experience in an applied setting. This course may not be used to satisfy a student's approved program of study.

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Dissertation writing under the direction of the major professor.

Independent research and preparation of the doctoral dissertation.

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