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Department of Geography

GEOG210 | ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN THE PALESTINIAN SOCIETY
GEOG212 | MAP READING AND INTERPRETATION
GEOG230 | INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

Study the geographical science, its branches, its importance compared to other sciences, its methodologies, and its basic phenomena. The course discuses the spatial and temporal relationships between human and environment within the context of positive and negative aspects of international biology. It also discusses basic principles for human geography focusing on the main indicators for universe population development. The factors controlling the growth of the world population and its distribution will be also studies. The course will include the study of the economic Geography, its branches and the Urban Geography as well as Political Geography.

GEOG231 | INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY

The study of Earth’s nature, formation, dimensions, and its relations with regard to other planets in the solar system. The course includes also the study the multiple spheres surrounding Earth (lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere) and the relationships between these spheres as well as between these spheres and the human beings.

GEOG232 | PRINCIPLES OF CARTOGRAPHY

In addition to studying the historical development of the science of cartography, it gives information about the history of mapping and surveying in Palestine, definition of maps and their characteristics, map types and elements, their benefits and interpretation and cartographic design elements. It concentrates on principals of cartographic generalization, legend symbols, graphical data presentation, annotation and analyzing of detailed topographic maps.

GEOG233 | ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

The course deals with the concept of economics in its geographical context as well as its relation with other sciences. The course also concentrates on various economic, natural and human resources that influence the economic production in agriculture, water, mineral, and energy resources. The problem of food in the world, industry and industrial estates, commerce, transport and services’ development, spatial distribution of labor, and different international economic patters will be also tackled in this course.

GEOG234 | CLIMATIC GEOGRAPHY

Study the concept and evolution of weather and climate, the differences between both and their relation to the other sciences as well as the methodological approaches. The course also concentrates on the nature of the atmosphere, climatic pollution, the elements of climate and their measurements, climatic turbulence, and cyclones and anti - cyclones. The study includes the international systems of climate, types of climatic classification and a comparison between them. This includes the climatic forecasting and calculations as well as the universal climatic changes.

GEOG235 | REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE WORLD

The concept of region from a geographic research perspectives, the world division into different geographic regions according to different environmental, natural and human factors such as geology, topography, geomorphology, climate, water, soils, vegetation, population and population growth, economic activities, the most important problems and difficulties facing different continents in a regional context.

GEOG236 | APPLIED GEOGRAPHY

The course provides a basic theory of the physical and human geography, using basic geographic research principles and quantitative methods. Students of this course get training on collection of spatial and temporal geographic measurement as well as the collection of auxiliary geographic data of diverse geographic phenomena. The collected data are subjected to further screening, structuring, hypothesis formulation and testing, followed by partial and/or full factors analysis and correlations, in addition to the identification of the causal factors of such geographic phenomena.

Applied geography is also to simulate and interpret the trilateral geographic patterns, which are: the point, the line and the area, both in two and three-dimensional perspectives. Students of the course also get trained on quantitative/ qualitative statistical analysis of the collected data using the computer and other statistical programs, so as to attain finally reasonable results on the subject in question.

GEOG238 | APPLIED CARTOGRAPHY

The course focuses on surveying and its types, types of projections, comprehensive point identification system, aerial and spot images rectification and adjustment to a certain projection system, followed by aerial photo interpretation and data extraction in a computer aided programs for such purpose. The course also trains the student on digitizing of different geometric shapes (point, lines, angels, shapes) and the spatial data entry as well as data structuring in different layers. The course also provide students with knowledge on cartographic design and colors considerations, in addition to the classification of different geographic data, the preparation of map for printing out, maps’ production and maps’ printing in a cartographic design.

GEOG239 | PRINCIPLES OF GENERAL GEOLOGY

The course gives the basics, evolution and development of geology as a science and its relation to other sciences. The course focuses on the earth crust components from minerals and rocks. The course also explains the tectonic theory and underground movements (rapid and slow movements) represented by earthquakes, volcanoes, folds and faults. The course also deals with the general hydrologic cycle, ocean and seas’ initiation, the initiation of springs, surface and underground water. The course also provides basics on paleo-geology through a quick look on the geologic fossils and remains formulation. Finally the course givers general exploration of the geology of Palestine, geologic maps and sections. The course includes a geologic field trip.

GEOG331 | GEOMORPHOLOGY

The course studies the nature and development of land forms sciences (geomorphology) and its relation with other sciences. It also studies the major geomorphologic processes that form the land characteristics such as weathering (chemical, physical and biological), erosion by water, wind, glaciers, waves, rivers and landslides. Geomorphology of karst formation is also a subject in this course. Different topographic forms (such as rivers’, desert, karst, coastal, sea and glaciers forms) as a result of different geomorphologic processes are also studied. In addition, the course provides an overview of the climatic and soil geomorphology and applied geomorphology. The course includes a field trip.

GEOG332 | POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY

The course studies the principles of political geography and geopolitics. It also reveals the most important geopolitical factors (location, area, shape, topography, climate, water resources, population and economic resources and its role in weaknesses or strengthening the nation). Boundaries and its types whether aquatic, aerial or lands are also studied, along with boundaries related political problems. The course also deals with geo-strategic theories (theory of empowerment of land, aquatic, aerial, nuclear power and star war and its application in the international politics). The course explores models of recent geo-political regional problems, modernization and the new international modernization system.

GEOG333 | GEOGRAPHY OF THE ARAB WORLD

The course includes a comprehensive study of the physical and traditional geography of the Arab world that includes: location identification and its importance, the geologic and topographic formation, climate, soil, natural plants, water resources, population and the existing economic activities (agriculture, industry, petroleum and services). The course also gives an overview of the major problems facing the Arab world such as desertification, land degradation, overpopulation and agglomeration, natural resources overexploitation, pollution, poverty, hunger, unemployment, political crisis and water related problems.

GEOG334 | HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF ISLAMIC COUNTRIES

To study the geographic environments in which Islam spread out into, and the factors that initiated the Arab-Islamic civilization. The course includes the Arab-Islamic achievements in economy (agriculture, industry, trade linkages and routes), urban achievements and patterns (human settlement patterns, Islamic city, its characteristics and importance).

GEOG335 | INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE SENSING

The course gives an extensive definition of remote sensing. The course also includes methods of data assimilation, physical basis for remote sensing and uses. Study of aerial photos along with its types and characteristics, 3 D visualization, aerial photo analysis and interpretation, multi-spectral satellite images data, indicators and its role, types and characteristics is also part of the course. Different systems of land sat (Landsat, Spot, Ikonos, and Radar) along with digital photos with its enhancement, processing, and interpretation techniques are also included in the course.

GEOG336 | GEOGRAPHY OF THE ENVIRONMENT

The course will focus on the conceptual meaning of environment, its development, importance and the significance to study the natural and human settings of the environment, such settings that will include the biosphere as well as the atmosphere along with their interactions with the human beings. The course will also focus on human-related environmental problems such as land degradation, desertification, natural resources’ exploitation, and other related environmental problems in different regions with special emphasis on the Arab World and Palestine.

GEOG338 | GEOGRAPHY OF PALESTINE

The geographic location of Palestine, its characteristics and importance, the origin and the development of Palestine’s name, the most important geographic locations in Palestine, borders and their history, natural environment of Palestine represented by Palestine geology, topography, climate, water resources and policies, soil, fauna and flora, demography, economy, the history of human settlements in Palestine, the geographic impacts of the Palestinian case (The course includes a field trip).

GEOG430 | BIOGEOGRAPHY

The concept of Biogeography and its relation with other sciences will be studies in this course. The course will also focus on the basics for scientific classification (nomenclature) of plants and animals, in addition to the factors affecting their distribution. Nature reserves, their properties and types will also be studies. The course will also deal with the economic value of the natural plants and animals and other problems related to their exploitation. Biodiversity will also be an important part of the course which will focus on its meaning, importance and conservation with special emphasis on biodiversity in Palestine.

GEOG431 | URBAN GEOGRAPHY

The course deals with the concept and importance of urban geography, the construction and development of urban centers and the proper classification and differentiation between urban and rural centers and the urban centers allocations and structures. The spatial allocation of urban centers and its development will also be studied. The course will also focus on the main theories on the growth of urban centers and its land uses, the international classification of land uses inside urban centers, land uses survey in urban centers, master plans for urban centers, as well as the urban centers problems with applications on the problems related to the Palestinians’ urban centers and agglomerations.

GEOG432 | POPULATION GEOGRAPHY

This course includes the definitions of population geography, its importance and its relation to the other sciences. The main objective of this course is to study the various aspects of the world population (population growth through history, spatial distribution on earth surface, density of the demographic situation and characteristics, social and economic structure). The effect of the geographic factors on population distribution into different area of the world, and the role of population policies in relation to the growing food crises phenomenon in the third world. The course also includes the population projections and its modeling using the programming software called Spectrum/Papid in order to understand the optimum size of population within the context of proportional availability of natural resources of the world.

GEOG433 | GEOGRAPHY OF TOURISM

The course reveals the meaning of geography of tourism and its relation with other sciences, the internal and international tourist movement, excursions, and recreation as well as medical and religious tourism. Students will become more aware of economic, social and environmental characteristics of tourism. The status of tourism in the Arab world in general and in Palestine in particular, including other related tourism planning issues and problems will be covered, in addition to the economic and social impacts. Relationships between weather, climate, globalization will be included

GEOG434 | GEOGRAPHY OF WATER RESOURCES

The course includes the definition of water resources and their importance in the hydrological cycle as well as the factors controlling its elements. The water measurable elements, the natural factors that affect water resources and the regional classifications will be studied. The course will also focus on surface water and its role in the maintaining an environmental balance. The origin of the groundwater, its formations, its recharge basins and the quality of water, and different methodologies for water resources exploitation and the explorations will also be included.

GEOG435 | GEOGRAPHY OF DEVELOPMENT AND REGIONAL PLANNING

Basic concepts for economic and human development, main objectives of planning in the developed and undeveloped societies, the effect of spatial factors on the physical, economic and human elements of sustainable development, models for developmental plans in different aspects in developed and developing countries, the relationship between planning, globalization, and development, regional plans and their methodologies, application of GIS in regional urban planning and development. Prerequisite: GEOG230

GEOG436 | GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)

The concept and importance of GIS, sources of geographic data, development of GIS and its components, geographic modeling, geographic data bases, digitalization and basic applications of GIS, training on using GIS software, conducting an application project. Prerequisite: GEOG232

GEOG437 | APPLIED GEOGRAPHY OF PALESTINE
GEOG438 | SEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY

for geography major students) A profound study of some selected topics that will be chosen by the department in order to increase the students’ understanding of the contemporary geographical phenomena, both in human and physical geography. The students are expected to learn methods and tools of geographical research, where each student is obliged to submit an advanced research. Prerequisite: Fourth year standing and Department Approval.

GEOG439 | Special Topic

Prerequisite: Department Approval.

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