Department of Geography and the Environment

Summer 2013 Courses

Thu, June 6, 2013
Summer 2013 Courses
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Take advantage of the diverse course options offered this summer! This is a wonderful opportunity to enroll in courses that are usually in very high demand (i.e. hard to get into) during the Fall and Spring semesters. We welcome current UT-Austin students from all colleges, and also invite non UT-Austin students.

Note: Specific information about class meeting times, cross-listings, Flags, and other course-related requirements are published via the University Registrar Online Course Schedule. 


GRG F301K • Weather And Climate

84500 • Kimmel Jr., Troy M.
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 0.128

Our study of weather and climate is intended for Geography majors and all others interested in a broad brush examination of the atmospheric and climatic sciences. This study will be introductory in nature with only a very basic use of mathematics. We will start with a study of meteorology. From this foundation, we will go into the different aspects of the atmosphere and then, later, into climatological matters and discuss the various climatic regimes including that of Texas and the local area.


GRG F337 • The Modern American City

Meets MTWTHF 1000am-1130am CLA 1.102
(also listed as URB F352)


Cities are dynamic places that concentrate financial capital as well as human and natural resources. In an era of globalization it is important to not only understand the city as a milieu comprised of neighborhoods, land uses, and political forces, but also as a node within a system of economic, social, and technological networks that are transforming landscapes well beyond the city limits. This course will briefly trace the formation of US cities from their rural beginnings through industrialization to their contemporary condition. We will focus on the city as a place that perpetually forges new relationships between capital, society, and nature. Additionally, we will investigate the deep-rooted social and economic processes of the neo-liberal city from a spatial perspective to acquire a more robust understanding of the contemporary built environment and urban life in the United States. Employing traditional methods and contemporary concepts of urban geography, this course introduces students to significant themes in academic urban geography and teaches them to critically interpret the perpetual changing American urban landscape and hypothesize its future development.


GRG F360G • Environmental Geographic Info Systems

84525 • Dana, Peter H.
Meets MTWTHF 230pm-400pm CLA 1.402

Geographic Information Science is a process through which analysis of spatial attributes can be performed with the aid of computers. GIS processes include project design, project management, spatial query design, data collection, data management, quality control, spatial analysis, and product generation. This course is an introduction to Environmental GIS designed to provide the student with an understanding of GIS principles, the current state of GIS development, an overview of typical GIS applications, and a familiarity with several GIS platforms. This course will combine lectures on the fundamentals of GIS with laboratory demonstrations of specific platforms and processes. 


GRG S331K • Cultural Ecology

84600 • Knapp, Gregory W.
Meets MTWTHF 1130am-100pm CLA 1.102
(also listed as ANT S324L)

This course examines the long term human trajectory in progressively gaining control over resources and transforming planet earth into a meaningful human home. There will be special attention to the theories and works of geographers, ecological anthropologists, and environmental historians.  Lectures and student-proctored discussions examine selected strategies employed by humans to cope with the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities presented by different natural environments, with special attention to foraging and farming.  The course will also provide an introduction to ethical and policy issues surrounding sustainable development and alternative futures.  Grading is based on attendance and participation, numerous writing assignments, oral presentations, and proctoring.


GRG F356T • Environmental-Cultural Dynamics-Botswana

84515 • Meyer, Thoralf

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Have a great summer, we hope to see you in class!

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