Human Geography


About this course

Note 1: This course can not be combined in an individual programme with GEO-20406 Human Geography: Theory and Practices.

The course provides an overview of the reciprocal relationships between people and the environment, places and spaces. Both the ways in which people have an impact on the environment and the ways in which people are affected by the environment will be scrutinized. The course will be addressing subjects such as the multiple meanings of space and place, designing on a human scale, human/animal relationships, contested landscapes, and so on. On the fore are the different conceptual perspectives adopted by geographical theory. In the lectures we will focus on models that enable us to understand the relations between people and the environment.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Explain how humans interpret and produce the environment
  • Explain how the environment is enabling and constraining human behaviour
  • Illustrate the main human geographical concepts related to social/material interactions
  • Illustrate the role of human and material agency in the constitution of spatial behaviour, land use and landscapes
  • Explain the consequences of the creation of landscapes on people’s lives
  • Apply human geographical theories and concepts to the analysis of human and spatial interactions
  • Analyze a social phenomenon with the use of a theoretical concept that has been introduced in the course in a individually written paper
  • Collect and use the relevant literature to write a paper that complies with academic standards

Required prior knowledge

You must meet the following requirements

  • Completed none of the course modules listed below
  • Human Geography: Theory and Practice (GEO20406)

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    28 October 2024

    • Ends
      20 December 2024
    • Term *
      Period 2
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 29 Sept 2024
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University