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UNIVERSITY OF LIBERIA COURSE CATALOG

 

DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
Degree of Bachelor of Arts in
Geography Requirements


The course of study for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Geography takes four years. The minimum requirements for the degree are 128 semester hours. A candidate must complete his/her general education requirements as prescribed by the University of Liberia. He/she is required to earn 40 semester hours in his/her major area, 18 semester hours in the minor, 3 semester hours each of electives in Sociology /Economics and Geography and 6 semester hours in English during his/her last two years. Students wishing to major in Geography must satisfy the core course requirements. In addition, they must write a thesis (Geog 415). The topic for the thesis will be approved at the beginning of the first semester of the student's senior year in order to give the student the possibility of carrying out comprehensive research work outside the University, within Liberia. The student should register for the course in the first semester.

Students wishing to major in Geography should inform the Chairman of the Department of Geography at the end of their freshman year.

Course Description

Geog. 100 - Map Reading I
(Pre-requisite: Sophomore Standing)

This course is an introduction to the different types of maps, and the symbols and scales of maps. Diagrams, tables and graphs will be studied for their compilation and values. A section of the course will deal with surveying instruments.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 101 - Fundamentals of Geography I

Introductory course in Geography with emphasis on understanding of Geography as Science. The scope of the course covers the need and purpose of Geography; Geography as the study of areal differentiation. scientific laws, descriptions and explanation geography, geographic determinism, dualism of Physical and Human Geography, regional concept In Geography, systematic* in Geography, challenges and opportunities In Geography.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 200 - Map Reading 11

Following the first map reading course, this is a more practical study of drawing techniques and cartography, with a special section dealing with projections. Thematic maps will be produced, and map interpretation will embrace all types of maps Including air photos. A study of recent maps of Liberia will be made.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 202 - Fundamentals of Geography II

This course is a continuation of Geog. 101. It explores in details the scientific method and Its application in Geography. It therefore deals With the structuring of Geographic relationships, formulation of hypotheses, hypotheses testing and law, theory formulation, classification, resource appreciation, location and uses of land, regional Geography and theory of regions, contemporary trends in Geography.

Credit: 3 credits /semester

Geog. 217 - Physical Environmental Systems
(Pre-requisite: For all Geography courses)

Introductory course on the understanding of the physical milieu. Covers physical features of the earth, climate and various geomorphic and climatological processes that shape the physical environment as the home of man.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 314 - Quantitative Techniques
(P re-requisite: For all Geography courses)

Provides quantitative skill, which is a sine qua non for scientific investigation in Geography. Helps collection, analysis and interpretation of Geographic data. The course comprises 3 main parts:

Part I - Descriptive Statistics

Measures of central tendency and dispersion, simple linear correlation and regression, multiple correction, etc.

Part II - Inferential Statistics

Probability theory, Sampling, Estimation and tests of hypothesis and non-parametic statistics.


Part III - Operation Research Techniques

Factory analysis, linear programming, interaction models, decision analysts, system Dynamics, canonical correlation, discriminants analysis, matrix algebra, etc.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 315 - Spatial Organization
(Pre-requisite: Geog. 318, 314)

Examines the importance of "space" in Geography, forms of interactions, relationships and explanation in Geography, location and land-use patterns, spatial diffusion processes and their impact on man/land relationships.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 316 - Introduction to Systems Analysis (Pre-requisite: 319)

Introduces the conceptual and analytical foundations of systems dynamics - a method of analyzing the behavior of dynamic systems in Geography. Emphasizes the feedback nature of dynamic regional systems, evaluation of impact of several regional development alternatives, behavioral characteristics of complex regional systems and integration of urban and regional systems.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 318 Theory and Application
(Pre-requisite: Geog. 315, 314)

Study of various theories and models in Geography and their empirical applications. Formulation of conceptual framework for empirical analysis is highly emphasized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester


Geog. 319 - Introduction to Regional Development Planning

(Pre-requisite: 318,315)

Designed as an introduction to the state-of-the-art of Regional Planning, importance of thinking "regional" in development planning. Focuses also on characteristics of urban systems and their impact on regional development processes. Elements of location and central place systems and systems approach to regional development analysis are also important considerations.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 320 - Techniques of Regional Analysis
(Pre-requisite: 314)

Introduces income measures and regional social accounting, regional distribution of income and gini co-efficients, regional industrial composition analysis, regional impact analysis and optimising models.

Credit; 3 credits/semester

Geog. 414 - Urbanization and Rural Development
(Pre-requisite: 319)

Focuses on ecological and social meanings of urbanization, theory of polarised development, spatial diffusion theories and urbanization of rural areas, problems of urban development and strategies of deliberate urbanization.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 417 - Urban Land-use Planning
(Pre-requisite: 319)

Examines the various ecological processes that explains various functional zonations in Urban areas. Site locational analysis and policies that could guide optimum location of functional zones are also emphasized.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 419 - Regional Development Policy in Liberia
(Pre-requisite: 319)

Evaluates current regional development policies of Liberia. Analysis several field experiences In Liberia through a series of how-to-do-it exercises. Evaluates the rationale for government involvement in development programs. Presents alternatives to public policy analysis.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

Geog. 420 - Regional Resource Allocation and Project Appraisal
(Pre-requisite: 319, 316)

Practical introduction to the theory and practice of project analysis and evaluation. Problem solving emphasis on cost and benefit evaluation. Examination of regional resources and practical impact of analytical procedures on project design and selection.

Credit: 3 credits/semester

 
 
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