Definition of geography may be the study of natural and human constructed phenomena relative to a spatial dimension. The study of geography has evolved and developed into an important form of human scholarship.
There are many definitions of “geography”. Most students think that geography is memorizing the locations of countries, capitals, rivers, etc. Geography is really much more than this. I think it is best to remember that geographers try to answer three questions:
- Why there?
- Why do we care?
Geographers concentrate on the “where” and by doing this they may be able to gain a better understanding of what is being studied than if the “where” were ignored. This is the “Spatial Perspective” that is peculiar to the study of geography. This perspective is useful in a wide variety of fields and therefore you have a wide variety of sub-disciplines in the field of geography (like political geography, cultural geography, physical geography, etc.). Businesses use geography when they decide WHERE to locate a new plant. Real estate developers use geography when they decide WHERE to build a new housing development. You have used geography when you decided WHERE to look for a job, or WHERE to go on vacation, or WHERE to go to school. If the WHERE is important, then geographers can study it
Aims of Geography
- To promote a global perspective and international understanding through geographical education.
- To encourage an appreciation of the role that geography can play in the analysis of contemporary issues at a variety of scales.
- To develop an appreciation and concern for the diversity of the natural environment, and an understanding of human and physical processes.
- To promote a respect for different cultures through an understanding of their development and their inter-relationships.
- To develop an appreciation and understanding of the spatial patterns of physical and human features in the environment of techniques and tools they apply understand.
Objectives are Geography
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
- Course content
- Spatial processes and patterns
- Geographic terminology
- Geographic concepts
- Methods of presenting geographic information
- Models and theories
- The geographical implication of the causes, consequences and interrelationships of contemporary world issues.
- be able to
- Apply tools and techniques of geography
- Use geographic terminology appropriately
- be able to
- Extract relevant information from data sources
- Classify data
- Interpret and analyse data
- be able to
- Present clear, concise and logical arguments based on specific and relevant examples.
- Make reasoned and balanced judgements based on a respect for attitudes, values and perceptions of different cultures.