Human Geography

What is human geography?

Geography can be traced back to ancient Greece making it one of the oldest academic disciplines. Human geography is one branch of geography. Human geographers are united by a common interest in how physical environments are modified and transformed into meaningful human landscapes and how these landscapes exhibit particular patterns of spatial organization.  Human geographers are especially interested in relationships between society and nature, people and place, and human activity and space. These relationships change over time and differ from one location to the next giving rise to the incredible diversity that characterizes the human world.

A number of sub-disciplines have developed in human geography to account for this diversity. These include economic geography, political geography, cultural geography, urban geography, and medical/health geography. Human geographers also bring to their studies a unique set of theoretical and practical tools. These include concepts such as location, space, place and scale and conceptual frameworks such as regional analysis. Human geographers have also been instrumental in the development and application of geo-spatial technologies such as geographical information systems (GIS).

At Athabasca University the human geography courses include: GEOG 200, GEOG 201, GEOG 302 and GEOG 311. All other geography courses listed in the AU calendar are physical geography courses.

Updated March 12 2019 by Student & Academic Services