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Geography (GRG) Course Descriptions

GRG 5303  Economic Geography
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An advanced examination of the location of economic activities, their causes and consequences. Includes the principles and practices of manufacturing and agricultural location and their impact on political subdivisions and economies, trade areas for retail and service activities, the role of transportation, the economic impact of globalization on local areas, and community economic base and shift-share analysis applied to local economies, with implications for planning and public administration. (Same as POL 5853. Credit cannot be earned for both GRG 5303 and POL 5853.)

GRG 5323  Urban Social, Economic, and Political Geography
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An advanced social and economic geography of urban areas, emphasizing intra-urban inequality, the modeling of economic dynamics, and spatial mobility to and within the city. Topics may include social area analysis, residential segregation, migration, perception and personal space in the urban environment, urban transportation, the urban economic base and its dynamics, and consumer shopping behavior in cities. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

GRG 5513  Geography and Culture
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An exploration of the nature and distribution of cultural landscapes and human behavior within these landscapes. Taking a global focus, the course examines the spatial diffusion of culture, regional differences in religion, language- and ethnicity, environmental perception and behavior, intercultural communication, and environmental determinism and possibilism, among other topics.

GRG 5753  The Geography of Third World Development
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Advanced analysis of economic growth and social change in developing nations and regions. Investigates issues such as defining of development, major theories of development and underdevelopment, global inequalities, population growth and migration, and the role of agriculture, industry, transportation, and government and trans-governmental planning in development. (Same as POL 5753. Credit cannot be earned for both GRG 5753 and POL 5753.)

GRG 5903  Political Geography
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Investigates the role of the political state in society and the evolution of state organization from classical times to the present. Topics may include centrifugal and centripetal forces, geopolitics, territorial morphology, boundaries, core areas, and emerging supranationalism. (Same as POL 5903. Credit cannot be earned for both GRG 5903 and POL 5903.)

GRG 5913  Design and Management of Geographic Information Systems
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A graduate-level introduction to the use of industry-standard GIS software. Topics include GIS data structures, system design, and methods of data exploration and analysis. The course includes discussion of issues related to planning, implementing, and managing large-scale GIS projects for research projects or organizations. (Same as POL 5913. Credit cannot be earned for both GRG 5913 and POL 5913.)

GRG 6973  Special Problems
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
An organized course offering the opportunity for specialized study not usually available as part of the regular course offerings. Special Problems courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary, but not more than 6 hours, regardless of discipline, will apply to the Master’s degree.

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