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1972 Week 1 Lecture Notes

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1972 Week 1 Lecture Notes geog 1972

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Lecture 1: Review of syllabus, intro to Ch.1 Lecture 2: Ch.1 & Ch.2
Environment-Society Geography
Professor Travis
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enviroment, geography, Society




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Date Created: 09/06/16
Tuesday August 23 rd Week 1: Introduction Summary: Review of the syllabus, introduction to Ch.1 and authors POV  Environment & society is one of the main lines of academic geography Environment and Society  Human & political ecology  Human dimensions of global change  Natural resources  Natural hazards Geospatial Science GIS cartography Remote sensing Spatial & inferential stats THEMES  Focus on society side of the equation: individual behavior (perception & choice), social structures (economic & political systems)  Diagnostic rather than prescriptive  Problem and question oriented 1. Environment as social construct and perception of our role in it.  Define and name things: wilderness, hazard  Anthropomorphizing the land  What we consider to be ‘environment’ determines how we treat it  Differences between expressed beliefs and subsequent behaviors Principle: Perceptions come from culture, experiences, psychological facets, political-economics. This affects how we make environmental choices and policy. 2. Human transformation of the earth  Long history, w/ accelerating effects. Purposeful, inadvertent and with unintended consequences  Development of agriculture, industrialization, urbanization, technology Principle: Pervasive of earth systems. “Anthropocene” where humans have invaded and affected all earth systems, and dominates some as well. 3. Socio-ecological systems: the environment as resource & hazard Resources: manage for maximized yield, certain level of quality & reliability to supply goods and services Tuesday August 23 rd Week 1: Introduction Hazards: Assess the risk, reduce loss and damage by increased control of natural systems & technology OR by reducing vulnerability through human systems (Ex: tornado warnings, disaster relief, insurance) 4. Political ecology: interactions of political & economic structures & environment  Systems of political economy create environmental and social problems in striving for the above.  Managing environmental problems that cross borders and jurisdictions  Cost certain segments of society more than others  Match political notions of equity, justice and responsibility Ch1: Authors POV Political ecology: “An approach to environmental issues that unites the issues of ecology w/ broadly defined political economy perspective.” Political economy: can broadly mean the structure of social & economic institutions. Authors notes that they spend special time w/ political power relationships among people. Dr. Travis POV: Textbook does not spend enough time on human transformation of the earth. Lectures relevant to the second unit will be extra important in this regard- this information will not be elaborated on in the textbook. Thursday August 25 th Week 1 Lecture 2 Summary: Overview of Ch.2 content Anthropocene: “Human Age”; “metaphoric term sometimes applied to our current era; where humans exert enormous influence on environments all over the world. Control of these environments & enormously complex ecologies is inevitably elusive.” Ch2 Population & Scarcity: the ever-enduring population vs. resources debate Malthusian model: There will not be enough resources for the growing population. Solution: population control, which sometimes got pretty dark & unethical. Neo-Malthusians: made up of a lot of biologists for the most part; a global crash was inevitable. Global warming: the ultimate problem; existential, global problem with global solutions. New development patterns, new international agreements to solve problems and create opportunities. **Malthus assumed population would exponentially increase, while food production would maintain a steady growth rate (thus not being able to keep up with the population). He did not take into account social, technological, and demographic transitions.** - Ex: Developed countries tend to have more educated women, and the birth rate subsequently goes down - Technological advances allowed for the production of much more food


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