Course Introduction

Geography is distinctive in its study of the spatial distribution of physical and human elements in the environment. 

Its integrating approach enables students to have a balanced view of their own and other environments on a scale 

which they can see and understand.

Geography often starts with the following questions:

           Where is it?

           What is it like?

           Why is it there?

           When did it happen and how does it change?

           What impacts does it have?

           How should it be managed for the mutual benefit of humanity and the natural environment?

We aim at training students to 

  • become aware of a range of issues and problems of a variety of scales from local to the global which they are able objectively to evaluate.
  • observe, ask questions and seek answers.
  • develop a wide range of skills and techniques concerned with the collection, organization, presentation, interpretation and evaluation of information about the world.
  • be aware of the need for, and be committed to, responsible action where aesthetic and moral questions arise in relation to the maintenance  of a balanced environment.

The objectives of the subject are to encourage students to 

  • ask specific geographical questions which will enable them to build a framework for organizing and interpreting knowledge about the world, thus developing a geographical viewpoint;
  • understand fundamental geographical concepts and ideas which from the structure of the discipline, and apply them to show an understanding of problems on a variety of scales;
  • develop a knowledge of some systematic aspects geography as exemplified by selected regional examples;
  • identify not only the differences between environments but also the similarities, and be able to explain the observed spatial patterns;
  • identify the causes and effects of specific environmental problems in Hong Kong and elsewhere, and suggest solutions which require responsible action on the part of the whole community;
  • discuss the major issues facing the contemporary world, and show an understanding of the patterns and trends which they reflect;
  • appreciate the reasons for the decisions taken by man and the ways in which he interacts with the environment in any given place;
  • develop skills related to the collection, analysis and interpretation of data which may be derived from sources such as fieldwork, maps, photos, statistics and written materials; and
  • use data to present information in short answers and reports, develop arguments both orally and written form and illustrate by drawing maps, diagrams and graphs. 

  

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