Course: Development of Geographical Thought

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Course title Development of Geographical Thought
Course code KGG/MYS
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Klapka Pavel, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Course acquaints students with a historical development of geographical approaches, analyses basic methodological conception with regard to their geographical interpretation and deals with crucial geographical theories. Students will prove their ability to work with English scientitic texts. We will deal with following topics: 1. Development of geography till the end of the 19th century; 2. Foundations of geographical cognition (philosophy, social theories, types of congniton), 3. Early "modern" geographical approaches and concepts; 4. Towards quantitative geography; 5. Quantitative geography; 6. Humanistic geography;, 7. Post modern geographies; 8. Key concepts and biases in geography.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming), Demonstration
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 70 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Course discusses historical development of geographical approaches.
Recall main features of development of geographical thinking.
Knowledge within the scope of compulsory subjects that precede this subject in the study plan.

Assessment methods and criteria

1) Analysis of 9 crucial geographical articles. 2) Written elaboration of supplementary paper on the particular crucial geographical article with the extent of 1200 - 1500 words and its submission in the particular time (necessary to gain a minimum of 15 points out of 30). 3) Oral presentation of supplementary paper in powerpoint (4 - 5 min) in the particular time (necessary to gain a minimum of 20 points out of 30), active participation in discussion. 4) Final essay on the given topic (necessary to gain a minimum of 25 out of 40). 5) Course participation: it is absolutely necessary to take part in a given seminar, otherwise the credits will not be granted. All parts must be fulfilled independently on each other.
Recommended literature
  • Abler, R., Adams, J. S., Gould, P. (1971). Spatial Organization : The Geographer's View of the World. Englewood Cliffs (USA): Prentice Hall.
  • Agnew, J., Livingstone, D. N., Rogers, A. eds. (1996). Human geography : an essential anthology. Oxford : Blackwell.
  • Benko, G., Strohmayer, V. eds. (1997). Space and Social Theory. Oxford : Blackwell.
  • Clifford, N.J., Holloway, S. L., Rice, S. P., Valentine, G. eds. (2009). Key concepts in geography. London : Sage.
  • Gardavský, V., Hampl, M. (1982). Základy teoretické geografie. Praha: SPN.
  • Holt-Jensen, A. (2009). Geography : history and concepts. London : Sage.
  • Hubbard, P., Kitchin, R., Valentine, G. eds. (2008). Key texts on human geography. London : Sage.
  • Johnson, R. J., Gregory, D., Smith, D. M. (2000). The Dictionary of Human Geography. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Peet, R. (1998). Modern Geographical Thought. Oxford: Blackwell.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science Regional Geography (2015) Geography courses 1 Summer