Week of March 8th
Popular in Space and Place
Popular in Geography
This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by sierra smalling on Thursday March 10, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 2002 at Temple University taught by Dr. Rickie Sanders in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 24 views. For similar materials see Space and Place in Geography at Temple University.
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Date Created: 03/10/16
Tuesday She made a note that we are in the second half of the semester, and wanted to know if the class had any concerns about the material that was covered, and understanding the big picture. Also, she went over the assignment that was due on Wednesday, March 9 at th noon on Blackboard. We were asked to locate countries on a map and the countries were assigned by last name. All the instructions are underneath “assignment” on Blackboard. She recommended making a PowerPoint to show your information, and citations are recommended but not required. The assignment is worth %10 of our grade. We discussed the articles on Blackboard: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond, The Moon is Dead by Keletso E. Atkins and Elephant States by Jacob Shell. She really wants us to read them. Guns, Germs and Steel: The setting is in New Guinea. Diamond is asked by a black man named Zuly (?), “Why do you white people have cargo but us black people have none?” That question inspired Diamond to write this book. The base of the explanations he gave was that you are based off of the environment you are raised in. Also, he made connections between how food production, writing, technology, government and religion are the controls of everything. The Moon Is Dead: The setting is in South Africa. Atkins focuses on the word “Kafir”, a name given to black South Africans that is considered derogatory now, but at the time of his research was not. The article researched how colonists tried to mold blackness with their white ideals of workmanship. Elephant States: The setting is in Burma. Shell studies the relationships between elephants and humans (called oozies), and how domestication happens. These texts all ask the same question: How humans, colonist and white people came to dominate the space and place of wherever they were. Koppen System – Division of world into climates. As domestication happens, it’s more east to west because they are similar in their weather patterns. In order to domesticate, you have to provide stability. Thursday A review of last class and we were supposed to present our assignment slides on the countries, but we didn’t get to it. We mainly discussed the idea of environmental determinism and the cons of the idea. - Gives no credit to human effort - Inadvertently racist Environmental determinism is the thought that environment determines absolute potential. To counter that, Possibilism is the theory that the environment sets certain constraints or limitations, but culture is otherwise determined by social conditions. During someone speaking, she stressed that she wants us to come up with explanations for why things are the way they are, don’t just back out, really think and make claims with evidence. Next class: Assignment slides.
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