Part 3, part 2? What does that even mean?
Well dear reader, this refers to the second semester of my third year of university in the honour geography program, a moment in time that coincides with the dawn of a new year, my worldwide legality (aka my 21st birthday) and the coming of the snow. Last semester, I posted Earth Write, part 3 , which briefly described my chosen courses in an attempt to win converts to the pro geography field (too many times have I overheard the dismissal of geography as ‘boring’ – this cuts deep!). I see no reason to favour first semester over second, so here is the basis of what I’ll be learning over the next three months.
Geographies of Death, 2nd year
If you can get past the terribly morbid name, this course is full of interesting concepts. Better described as ‘geographies of population and health’, demographics are explored historically and notable fluctuations explained with a specific reference to diseases and infections. Consequential health problems of the environment and a western lifestyle are the topics I’m personally most excited for. Oh, the irony of the professor being overweight and ill on the first day of class!
Research Methods in Human Geography, 2nd year
A requirement rather than a choice, research methods include the study and application of questionnaires, sampling, interviews, etc. It’s sounds simple enough, but these sort of courses have a way of complicating themselves with heavy wordplay and assignment specifications. It all seems fun and games now but the realisation that these principles have to be applied to a graduation thesis as soon as next semester… well, I shudder at the thought!
Statistical Analysis, 2nd year
I love stats. No, that wasn’t sarcasm, I genuinely enjoy stats and deciphering the meaning behind the numbers and lines, but I fear that taking a university level course may damage my high opinion on the subject. In a compulsory lab, the messy work prior to the neatly compiled graphs and tables must also be conquered and I’ve heard that it’s a make or break situation. Coupled with a begrudging and unexpected reunification with my educational rival GIS, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Environment, Economy and Sustainability, 3rd year
In a capitalist world, you have to talk money in order to be heard. Therefore, in terms of environmental concerns and the potential cures, profit and value should be main topics on the agenda. Often seen as contradicting, the environment and the economy have the ability to work together, if only through understanding each others language. This course will hopefully provide an insight into the harmonious realm where both coexist and thrive – a better place that we all should hope to achieve.
Sound interesting? Maybe so, or maybe not. Regardless, this semester leads me one step closer to graduation and after that, who knows? As a geography student, the saying ‘the world is your oyster’ brings on an entire new meaning.