Course: Regions and Geographical Regionalization

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Course title Regions and Geographical Regionalization
Course code KGG/RGR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory, Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Klapka Pavel, Mgr. Ph.D.
  • Halás Marián, doc. RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Erlebach Martin, Mgr.
Course content
The course draws on the distribution of geographical phenomena in space, on their hierarchical nature and nomothetic character. The first part deals with the concept of region, classification of regions, their hierarchies, structural and locational potential. The second part of the course is concerned with regional taxonomy as a special case of classification method. The emphasis is put on the complex development of the spatial organisation of the Czech Republic and its regional structures, the relation between the regional divisions of the Czech territory and its administrative divisions is discussed. Methods of regional taxonomy are presented. In seminars the students apply selected regionalisation methods, partly or in their completeness.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Demonstration
  • Attendace - 40 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 40 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Course Credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 80 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The objective of the course is to acquaint the students with the concept of the region and with the methods of delineating and analysis of the regions.
Recall basic terms and methods of geographical regionalisation.
Knowledge within the scope of compulsory subjects that precede this subject in the study plan.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Student performance

Requirement for successful completion of the course is: 1. on time enrolment to moodle and delivery of all required tasks in deadlines provided by the tutors. 2. correct elaboration of required tasks and/or seminar work 3. active participation in team tasks 4. passing the oral exam. All part must be fulfiled independently on each other. Undelivery of parts 1, 2 and 3 means that the credit is not granted and the oral exam cannot be enroled.
Recommended literature
  • Abler, R., Adams, J. S., Gould, P. (1971). Spatial Organization : The Geographer's View of the World. Englewood Cliffs (USA): Prentice Hall.
  • Bezák, A. (1993). Problémy a metódy regionálnej taxonomie. In: Geographia Slovaca 3. Bratislava: GÚ SAV.
  • Claval, P. (1998). An Introduction to Regional Geography. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Hampl, M., Gardavský, V., Kühnl, K. (1987). Regionální struktura a vývoj systému osídlení v ČSR. Praha: PřF UK.
  • Hampl, M. (2005). Geografická organizace společnosti v České republice : transformační procesy a jejich obecný kontext. Praha: DemoArt.
  • Hampl, M. (1971). Teorie komplexity a diferenciace světa. Praha: UK.
  • Johnston, R. J., Gregory, D., Smith, H. (eds.). (1994). The Dictionary of Human Geography. London : Blackwell Publishers.
  • Klapka, P., Tonev, P. (2008). Regiony a regionalizace. In: Toušek, V., Kunc, J., Vystoupil, J., eds.: Ekonomická a sociální geografie. Plzeň : Aleš Čeněk.
  • Maryáš, J., Řehák, S. (1987). Regionální působnost středisek osídlení. In: Atlas obyvatelstva ČSSR. Brno, Praha: Geografický ústav ČSAV, Federální statistický úřad.
  • Maryáš, J., Řehák, S. (1987). Soupis sociálněgeografických regionů ČSSR. Zprávy geografického ústavu ČSAV, roč. 24, č. 2, str. 41-58.
  • Morill, R. L. (1970). Spatial Organization of Society. Duxbury Press.
  • Richling, A. (1992). Kompleksowa geografia fizyczna. Warszawa: PWN.
  • Spence, N. A., Taylor, P. J. (1970). Quantitative Methods in Regional Taxonomy. In: Progress in Geography, vol. 2. London: Arnold.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Science International Development Studies (1) Social sciences 2 Winter