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Kim V.L. England
GEOG 277
Seattle Campus

Geography of Cities

Explores the system of cities - their location, distribution, and functions; the internal structure of cities - the location of activities within urban areas, including housing, economic activities, and social geography; and sheds light on the major issues and problems facing contemporary urban society.

Class description

This course will develop your understanding of the geographic nature of urban systems and the internal spatial patterns and activities within cities. Particular emphasis is placed on the US and Canadian experience, although some examples will be occasionally drawn from other regions of the world. The course will explore: (1) system of cities their location, distribution, functions, and competition; (2) their internal structure the location of activities within urban areas, including housing, economic activities and social geography; and (3) shed light on the major issues and problems facing contemporary urban society.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, sections, class discussion

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Collecting, analyzing and interpreting statistical data, fieldwork around Seattle (including a self-guided walk), analyzing movies.

Assignments, exams and class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Kim V.L. England
Date: 12/20/2006