Department of Geography

Memorial University of Newfoundland

St. John's, NL

A1B 3X9

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Geography 6900:

Critical Northern Geographies

Fall 2018 - Dr. Julia Christensen

Geographic research has had a long and often problematic history in northern regions. In recent years, however, critical geographic approaches have emerged to offer new insight into the study of social, cultural, political, economic, and environmental change in the region. In this course, students will explore critical geographic approaches in the Canadian and circumpolar Norths in an effort to understand past and present northern geographies related to a range of themes including: Indigenous lands and self-determination, colonial and decolonizing formations, uneven development, housing and social determinants of health, urbanization, climate change, extractive industries, food security, sovereignty, and ethics and responsibility in northern research.

How is this course relevant to urban geography?

This course includes a look at rural-urban mobility and the social dynamics of urbanization in northern regions.