Geography and Geography Education

This strand focuses on geography and geography education. Courses include GIS, urban geography, and research and issues in geographic education among others.

Geography and Geography Education Courses (4AUs)
MAS 919 GIS and Geospatial Learning in the Humanities
MAS 930 Research in the Geography Classroom
MAS 931 Debates and Issues in Geography Education
MAS 932 Geography and the Geography Educator
MAS 941 Field Inquiry in Physical Geography
MAS 942 Field Inquiry in Human Geography
MAS 943 Topics in Sustainability
MAS 944 Global Cities
MAS 945 Geographies of Travel and Tourism in Asia
MAS 946 Environmental Planning and Management


Course Synopses

MAS 919 GIS and Geospatial Learning in the Humanities

This course is designed to introduce the use of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technologies in social sciences. It focuses on the theories and principles of GIS and GIS applications in social sciences, including social studies, urban analysis and planning, tourism, and health geography. The course requires participants to engage in group discussions on spatial phenomena of social issues, and have hands-on exercises through real-world case studies by using ArcGIS software. Through this course, participants will learn to collect data and conduct spatial analysis, interpretation and presentation of geographic information under social context.

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MAS 930 Research in the Geography Classroom

The course will focus on research that has been done in geography classrooms, the measures that have been developed, and the potential these have for understanding the geography classroom environment as a component of curriculum.

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MAS 931 Debates and Issues in Geography Education

The objectives of this course are to familiarize students with current issues in the field of geography teaching and learning and, to provide students with an overview of the debates in geography education research.

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MAS 932 Geography and the Geography Educator

This course will enable the students to develop an understanding of theoretical perspectives of curriculum design and development. The course will require the students to create a curriculum artifact which will be examined and improved on with reference to different themes discussed. The students will also critique research related to the development in geography curriculum.

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MAS 941 Field Inquiry in Physical Geography

Fieldwork plays a critical role in physical geography through which new understandings of the world can be crystallized by the analysis of the data collected from the field. The focus of this course is on the theoretical understanding of the place of fieldwork in physical geography, as well as the practical application of fieldwork techniques to geographical inquiry. This combination of theory and fieldwork addresses the current approaches in the Geography curriculum and would further enable participants to update their knowledge and practice of field inquiry. Participants would also be able to apply new understandings in considering the contribution of fieldwork in physical geography to academic and school geography.

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MAS 942 Field Inquiry in Human Geography

Fieldwork is a core component in geography, especially human geography, for data collection, analyses, and interpretation in the field. This course introduces key fieldwork techniques and improves participants’ analytical skills and ability to interpret, assess and synthesize data from different sources. Mastering these skills will benefit participants in research design and implementation. In addition, the experience of fieldwork will also stimulate participants to understand their ethical positions, develop skills for learning and employment, and open their minds to the wider possibilities of each fieldtrip.

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MAS 943 Topics in Sustainability

This course examines topics in sustainability and sustainable development through the lens of the Three Pillar Model that focuses on the interrelated factors of economy, society, and environment. By adopting an issues-based inquiry approach, this course will provide participants with an understanding of leading theories and practices in sustainability, enabling participants to appreciate the multidisciplinary nature of sustainability science.

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MAS 944 Global Cities

The 21st century is known as the urban century as majority of the world’s population is moving to urban regions. With increasing processes of globalization, cities are the new engines of growth for the global economy. This course introduces participants to the processes of urbanization and to an appreciation of the emergence of global cities beyond the Global North. In addition to discussions of the theoretical underpinning of increasing prominence of global cities, this course will also examine various empirical and grounded experiences of global cities around the world, focusing on issues such as urban liveability, sustainability, water, housing and other urban infrastructure issues. In so doing, participants will come to a better understanding of the contemporary urban world.

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MAS 945 Geographies of Travel and Tourism in Asia

In recent times, tourism has become the largest industry in the Asian region, according to a number of indicators. Tourism and travel provide windows for interpreting a range of social, cultural, political and spatial processes. New trends in Asia – such as the increasing mobility of populations, the rise of aging populations and rapid urbanization and the growing importance of health and wellness – are some of the changes that have impacted on the nature of travel and tourism. This course will examine the geographies of major trends in tourism and travel, focusing specifically on Southeast and East Asia. It will also discuss the political geographies of tourism spaces and landscapes, the role of the State in tourism and the ways tourism often exacerbates existing as well as creating new inequalities.

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MAS 946 Environmental Planning and Management

The focus of this course is on current environmental planning concepts and the strategies associated with the management of the urban environment. The first part will deal with planning ideas and dynamics centered on the triangular interrelationship of social justice, need for economic growth and environmental sustainability. The nature of conflicts of these three mutually dependent components is examined. Part two covers the conceptual and practical aspects of environmental response to urbanization and anthropogenic activities. Specific references to management of accelerated soil erosion and urban slope stability are made. Management responses to adverse effects of urban land use change will be discussed, using local and regional case studies.

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