Introduction to Human Geography: Geographies & Societies

Geography is the study of interactions between environment and society. As one of the social sciences, geography is influenced by other sciences, such as sociology, history, economy and political sciences. The result is the emergence of many geographies, that is, social geography, historical geography, political geography and so on, which result in many ways of studying complex geographic (spatio-temporal) phenomena. Human geography is the branch of geography which deals with the meaning of socio-spatial dialectic and explores the interconnections between society, culture, economy, environment and space, from the local to the global scale. Geographical space is perceived as social space within which relationships are formed, which in turn affects social space itself. The social and human content of geographical space is also the product of history, which develops and changes over time and is determined by human activity itself. Human geography implements quantitative and qualitative methods and leverages the knowledge provided by other scientific disciplines. The course examines the evolution of geographic thinking, cartography and the role of maps, basic concepts of human geography, scientific currents for the study of the urban phenomenon, region and locality, modern and post-modern theories of space, gendered optics for space, the phenomenon of consumption and anthropologies of space.
Course aims: Familiarization with a geographical mode of thought; introduction to basic concepts of human geography, including place, space, population and the corresponding thematic areas of knowledge;  the development of critical thinking;  respect for diversity.

Band: 
Compulsory
Semester: 
3rd
Instructor: 
ECTS: 
4.50
Code: 
55ΖΥΕ1
Academic year: 

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