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 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.

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.

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.

Geog 123 Cultural Geography

How population, environment, and human culture as expressed in technology and organization interact over space and time.

Geog 125 Cultural Landscapes

Explores how everyday culture helps create the landscapes and places in which we live and what these landscapes tell us about ourselves.

Geog 130 Development and Inequality

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.

Geog 225 Space, Place, and Difference

Gender, race, and class are examined in terms of the spatial patterns of everyday life, regional patterns, and global patterns. (GHA)

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.

Geog 428 Global Cities: Space, Power, and Identity in the Built Environment

This course addresses questions of power, politics, and identity in the urban environment, with a focus on the emergence of key selected global cities and the processes that both created them historically and which are currently transforming them locally and globally.

Geog 429 Urban Political Geography: Durham, North Carolina

An interdisciplinary exploration of urban social problems, bridging the literature on urban geography with that on urban politics. Students will be required to complete 30 hours of service for an organization that works on an urban social issue.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Geog 464 Europe Today: Transnationalism, Globalisms, and the Geographies of Pan-Europe

A survey by topic and country of Europe west of Russia. Those features that make Europe a distinct and important region today are emphasized.