Human Geography – GEOG 510

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 12/12/2022

Course Description

In this course students will systematically explore humanity's use of the earth with an emphasis on the spatial organization of human economic, social, political, and perceptual environments.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Human geography is a necessary component for understanding the five themes of geography and our relation to the physical world.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. They are meant to foster a spirit of community and collegiality, but the student must also view these as academic assignments with formal requirements. The discussions in this course will expand your knowledge of Human Geography by responding to provided prompts. Each thread must be at least 500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 1 scholarly source. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Data.Census.Gov Population Change Analysis Assignment

This is a three-step assignment purposed to introduce the student to an important analysis tool for evaluating population, demographics, and migration trends relevant to human geography using the Data.Census.Gov website. 

Google Earth: Exploring Cultural Sites Assignment Assignment

For this assignment, the student will utilize the free technologies available to them online to explore cultural sites and draw geographic conclusions from this exploration. 

Paper Critique Assignments (8)

The student will write eight paper critiques, or critical reviews as they are sometimes called; they should be 500-750 words each. These are a specific form of writing and an essential tool in the academic field and useful for practitioners in Human Geography.

Final Project: Part 1 – Study Area Assignment

For this assignment, the student will fill out a matrix in which they will identify a potential study area that they can conduct their Final Project: Part 3 – Literature Review.

Final Project: Part 2 – Annotated Bibliography Assignment

For this assignment, the student will need to identify a research focus related to a subdiscipline of human geography, their chosen study area, and complete an annotated bibliography of a minimum of 15 sources.

Final Project: Part 3 – Literature Review Assignment

For this assignment, the student will submit their final draft of their literature review.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 30 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 60 minutes time limit.