NEW YORK CITY TO 1898: DNY 1000C
The City of New York has three landscapes: natural, built and cultural. One thousand feet of ice once covered the area. As it melted, the rough topography was revealed and then changed by nature. Over time, humans altered the natural landscape by filling marshes, blasting hills, erecting buildings and polluting waterways; yet the landscape still restricted unbridled growth and even threatened the city’s viability. Our built landscape is given life through evidence of the city’s diverse population: markets, restaurants, signage, festivals, street conversations, houses of worship, etc. This course looks at each of the city's landscapes, their individual histories, and their interconnections. Readings are drawn from publications about New York City political, social and natural history; news reports; and official documents. There are three field trips.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY: GEOG 1001
This essential regional geography course surveys the world not by continents but through commonalities engendered by culture, climate and topography. Attention is paid to evironmental and geopolitical concerns; and economic and political development. Each class begins with a student-led geopolitical news segment. Samples of traditional music provide futher access into local culture.
GEOGRAPHY OF NORTH AMERICA: GEOG 1002
The course is an anaysis of the influence of natural environment and human migration on social and economic life in the United States and Canada. It explores why various regions possess a strong binding commonality that ignores state and national borders; while certain individual places are truly unique. There is one field trip and one class project. Class material is principally drawn from publications and video documentaries on American and Canadian geography, history, economics and nature, further supplemented with information on regional culture.