EDU515 : Teaching of Geography

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Course Info

Course Category

Humanities Distribution

Course Level

Undergraduate

Credit Hours

3

Pre-requisites

N/A

Instructor

Dr. Ali Iqtadar Mirza
PhD in Geography
University of Karachi

Course Contents

Introducing Geography:a. Definition b. Nature and Scope of geography c. Branches of Geography (Physical and Human geography)d. Relation with other subjects e. Importance of geography in education and development f. The students are expected to describe the importance of geography in other fields.The Planet Earth: a. The Shape and Size of the Earth b. The solar system c. Rotation and Revolution of the earth d. Latitudes and longitudes e. Longitudes and time f. The students are expected to understand the system of Sun and its Planets with reference to Earth g. The students are expected to comprehend the latitudes and longitudes Maps and Relief: a. Definition and types of Maps b. Determination of distances and areas c. Location and position d. Representation of relief features e. The students are expected to describe the maps and its types. Recent Techniques in Geography: a.Geographical field work b.Statistical techniques of data presentation and interpretation c.Geographical Information Systemd.Remote Sensing e. Global Positioning System f.Students are expected to describe the recent techniques in geography Spheres of the Earth: a. Lithosphere b. Atmosphere c. Hydrosphere d. Biosphere e. The students are expected to comprehend the spheres of the Earth.Rocks and Minerals: a. The nature of the rock b. Rock types c. Economic importance of rocks d. The students are expected to describe rocks. Landforms and Landscapes: a. Introduction (Primary and Secondary) b. Endogenetic Land forming processes: Plate tectonicEarthquakesVolcanicity  and othersc. Exogenatic Land forming processesRiversGlaciersWind and othersd.The students are expected to describe the primary and secondary landforms.Geomorphic Processes: a. Weathering b. Factors and types of Weathering c. Mass-wasting d. Factors and types of mass wasting (Land slide as hazard in Pakistan) e.The students are expected to describe the geomorphic processes.Weather and Climate: a. Definition b. Factors influencing climate c. Temperature d. Rainfall e. Winds f. Effect of weather and climate on man and land use (Pakistan) g. The students are expected to illustrate the effect of weather and climate on man and landuse with reference to Pakistan.Major Biomes: a. Definition and major types b. Factors influencing the types and distribution of biomes c. The students are expected to describe the world distribution of Major Biomes. World’s Population and Settlements: a. Population Distribution b. Population growth and structure c. Population and development (Pakistan’s case) d. Distribution and classification of settlements e. The students are expected to comprehend the distribution of the world Population. Urbanization: a. Definition b. Functions of urban centers c. Factors influencing the pattern of urbanization d. Problems of urbanization or big cities (with reference to Pakistan’s cities) e. The students are expected to describe big cities problems.Energy Resources : a. Definition b. Renewable and non-renewable energy resources c. Uses of energy d. Conservation of energy e. Fossil fuels f. Renewable energy resources (with reference to Pakistan) g. The students are expected to describe the importance of conservation of energy.Environmental Hazards and Disasters: a. Definition of environmental hazards and disasters b. Classification of environmental hazards and disasters c. Adjustment to Environmental Hazards(with reference to Pakistan) d. Environmental management(with reference to Pakistan) e. The students are expected to comprehend the hazards and disasters.