Examines the spatial distribution of the human and environmental landscapes of Michigan. Places particular attention on the historical geography of settlement and human use of the natural environment.
Goals, Topics, and Objectives
- Overview of Geography and Geographic Perspective
- Spatial Analysis
- Overview of Human Geography: cultural, economic, political, historical.
- Overview of Physical Geography
- Population and Human Settlement Patterns
- Economic Activities
- Human Resource Use
- The Geography of Detroit
- Explain spatial analysis and describe the geographic approach and perspective.
- Explain the spatial organization of people, places, and environments in Michigan.
- Explain how to use maps to interpret the past, understand the present, and plan for the future.
- Describe the human and physical characteristics of places in Michigan.
- Discuss population patterns and the historical geography of human settlement in Michigan.
- Identify the major economic activities of Michigan and explain the spatial distribution of those activities.
- Discuss cultural, social, economic, political and environmental patterns in Michigan within local, regional, national, and global contexts.
- Discuss resource use and provide examples of how human actions modify the physical environment in Michigan.
- Analyze a current issue or challenge in Michigan from a geographic perspective. Describe the nature of the challenge, assess the present and long term impacts on people and the environment, and determine the best possible solutions and actions needed to solve or mitigate the problem.*
Assessment and Requirements
Each instructor will identify and implement appropriate methods to assess the achievement of the learning objectives for the course.