Beyond Timbuktu – An Introduction to Human Geography

David Suitor (

Unit #7 Environment and Resources


For our last class, we will cover the third sector of the economy (services) and then look into the world’s resources.



Peak oil – World’s #1 energy source

Water – World’s #1 resource

Resources aren’t running out – contrarian viewpoint


Watch Renewable Energy (40 mins) – Overview of all renewable sources

Aral Sea Video (7mins) – great environmental disaster



**HOME – An amazing look at the world. Spectacular photography. Watch it on a big screen if you can, highly recommended and well ell worth the 93 mins.

For science buffs only – A look at the future of renewables (20 mins)

Read Jones pp. 54-60 (if you can stand it)

Unit 6. Agriculture, Industry, Services

Instructions: Watch and read about the 3 sectors of the world’s economy, which are directly related to development. See you next Tuesday 5/3 at 12:30PM.

Video – What’s Wrong with the Food We Eat – Ted talk by Mark Bittman (20 Mins)

Read about the service sector

Google “growth of the service sector” and click on the 1st entry by the World Bank

Industrial Revolution – Read short article. Optional – watch videos

Video – Guns Germs and Steel – Watch episode 1 – (54 minutes)

This is the video of the Pulitzer Prize book by Jared Diamond and explains why agriculture was so important in creating the MDC/LDC divide in the world today. Highly recommended.

Culture, Development and Globalization Unit #5

Note: We will meet at 9:30AM on Tuesday April 26.


We will investigate culture and the subsequent effects globalization has on our ever-changing world.

Read the 2 articles online. Then watch Wade David Ted Talk., Hans Rosling, and Hidden face of Globalization


  1. Read BBC – Are we becoming one culture?

  1. Read Winners and losers

  1. Watch – Wade Davis – Cultures at the far edge of the world

  1. Watch Hans Rosling – and be ready for a surprise ending

  1. Watch The Hidden Face of Globalization – Part 1 of 4

Check your garments to see where they are made – bring a list

Culture/ Development Supplemental Info


Globalizing the local, localizing the global – A TED talk by a Middle Eastern woman

Is Wal Mart good for America? 12-year-old Frontline program but interesting on the worlds largest retailer’s effect on our culture


Instructions for Political Unit (Class #4 Tuesday April 19 @ 12:30)

Instructions: We will begin the next class with a final look at migration in the U.S. Then we will investigate the topics covered in political geography.

Remember on April 26 only, we are meeting at 9:30AM


1. Read: Jones pp. 29-36 + 62-74
How borders caused conflict in Middle East

2. Watch This:

How political borders are irrelevant (20 mins)

3. Read this about the Mexican Wall Issue:

4. Political Supplemental Information (optional reading and viewing):

Where fences work and don’t work

Henry Kissinger on the modern state (1hour)

Top 10 geopolitical risks – 2016

Terrorism Articles

Lots of Articles on Political Geography (shows the diversity in that subfield)

3. Instructions for Migration Unit (Class #3 April 12, 2016 @ 12:30PM)

(Note that on April 26 only, we will meet at 9:30 AM.)

Naturally all assignments are optional but we will start the next class with a discussion about Commons and Lifeboat and demographic winter. Check out the questions form last week’s syllabus, have an opinion about which way we are headed and which scenario is less or more onerous.

  1. Read 127 – 151 in Jones, Human Geography, the basics
  2. Read the top 10 migration issues for 2015. There is a lot of info here. If you click on each issue, a longer article will show up.

  1. Check out the 3 articles about the European migration situation

Background on Europe’s immigration crisis

Several current articles on immigration from One Europe

Why Europe’s immigration crises is only beginning (from CNN with videos)

  1. Take the U.S. Naturalization Test

Then try the French Citizenship test

Lecture II: Population

Instructions for population segment

Click on and read one (or both) of the articles titled “Living on a Lifeboat” and “Tragedy of the Commons.” This will provide a topic for discussion about the effects of overpopulation in both MDC (more developed countries) and LDC (less developed countries). I have enclosed some “questions to ponder” about the articles. There is also a short reading in the textbook. To really confuse you, watch the videos I have included called the Demographic Winter and a Retro Look at the Population Bomb which outlines the perils of having slow or no population growth. The big question for the day is which is worse high or low population growth? See you Tuesday.

Assignment #2: Jones 127-143

Please read one or both articles

Tragedy of the Commons


“Living on a Lifeboat”, Hardin(1974) See criticism

Lifeboat Questions to ponder

Here are 2 provocative films about the declining birth rates in MDC’s

Demographic Winter

Population bomb retro report


Population Supplemental Websites

World Facts

Many articles about population

Fun Interactive site on world population

Population Reference Bureau


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