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Minnesota (GEOG 1104)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to Minnesota, its regions and cities. It examines the people, social and cultural institutions, and physical makeup of our home state and cities. It will trace the spatial and historical evolution of our area and examine today's Minnesota. It will also explore environmental issues and decisions faced by Minnesotans. The course includes self-guided walking tours of Minneapolis and optional self-guided driving tours of other parts of the metro area and the state.

Topical Outline:
1. Geography and social sciences in perspective
2. Human-Earth relationships applied to Minnesota
3. Minnesota's Physical Environment. Environmental Issues
4. Regional Prehistory and Native Americans
5. European settlement and environmental change
6. 20th and 21st Century Urbanization and change

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand and describe the human and physical features of Minnesota, past and present
2. Apply theories explaining Minnesota's uniqueness, and its interrelatedness with other regions and global forces
3. Know methods and theories used by geographers and other socials scientists to study regions and peoples
4. Identify how their own socio-cultural background affects their perceptions of places and people

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

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