Teaching diversity at UNC-CH Geography

Attention to diversity runs through our pedagogical practice at UNC-CH Geography, and current scholarship on issues related to diversity is highlighted in nearly all of our courses, but courses with a special focus on these issues are noted below.


Courses for Spring 2017 with special attention given to these topics include:

FYS 56 Local/Global World

An examination of the relationship between globalization and localization in order to think about how we, as individuals and groups, can make a difference in the world. Taught by Altha Cravey

Geog 120 World Regional Geography

A survey of the geographic structure of human activity in major world regions and nations. Emphasizes current developments related to population, urbanization, and economic activity. Taught by Scott Kirsch

Geog 121 People and Places

This course examines places and the connections between places to build critical understandings of the role of human geographies in global economic, political, social, and cultural systems. Taught by Scott Kirsch

Geog 130 Globalization and Development

An introduction to historical and contemporary ideas about practices and meanings of development. Students will explore “development” in a global landscape of poverty, power, and struggles over inequality.

Taught by Elizabeth Havice

Geog 259 Latin America

An introduction to Latin American geography through an examination of how the region came to be distinct and how social, political, and economic processes continue to define it.

Geog 424 Geographies of Religion

This course considers the theoretical and empirical dimensions of religion from a geographical perspective. The course introduces the key theories linking space, place, and religion and helps students apply these new theoretical tools to examine some of the pressing issues in the contemporary study of religion. Taught by Betsy Olson

Geog 435 Environmental Politics

This course brings geographical perspectives on place, space, scale, and environmental change to the study of environmental politics. In lectures, texts, and student research, students examine topics including environmental health risks, globalization and urban environments, and the role of science in environmental politics. Taught by Elizabeth Havice

Geog 448 Transnational Muslims

Examines modern Muslim geographies that are created by transnational flows, connections, and imaginaries that cross national and regional boundaries across the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and beyond. Taught by Banu Gokariksel

Geog 452 Migration Geographies

This course explores the contemporary experience of migrants. Various theoretical approaches are introduced, with the emphasis on a political-economic approach. Taught by Altha Cravey

Geog 457 Rural Latin America

This course explores a systems and cultural-ecological view of agriculture, environment, natural resource, and rural development issues in Latin America. It serves as a complement to Urban Latin America. Taught by Gabriela Valdivia

GEOG 464 Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe (3). A survey by topic and country of Europe west of Russia. Those features that make Europe a distinct and important region today are emphasized. (Regional)

Taught by John Pickles

Geog 543 Qualitative Methods in Geography

This course teaches qualitative methods in geography for graduate and advanced undergraduate students. We will cover interviews, focus groups, visual, and other methodologies. We will also discuss modes of analysis, coding, and writing up qualitative research for publication. Taught by Sara Smith

Geog 650 Technology and Democracy

Are technological choices open to democratic participation? Through a novel research workshop format, this graduate and undergraduate course explores political and geographical dimensions of technological change around key environmental issues–energy, water, and waste. Taught by Scott Kirsch.