2012-2013 Graduate Calendar

Geography  
Master of Arts in Geography Go to top of document
Dean Thomas Dunk Faculty of Social Sciences Associate Dean Ingrid Makus Faculty of Social Sciences Graduate Faculty Core Faculty Professors David Butz (Geography), John Menzies (Earth Sciences), Mike Ripmeester (Geography), Tony Shaw (Geography) Associate Professors Jeff Boggs (Geography), Daryl Dagesse (Geography), Christopher Fullerton (Geography), Alun Hughes (Geography), Marilyne Jollineau (Geography), Phillip Gordon Mackintosh (Geography), Catherine Jean Nash (Geography), Dragos Simandan (Geography), Ebru Ustundag (Geography) Professors Emeritus Hugh Gayler (Geography) Graduate Program Director David Butz dbutz@brocku.ca Administrative Coordinator Virginia Wagg 905-688-5550, extension 3484 MC C322 mageography@brocku.ca http://www.brocku.ca/geography/  
Program Description Go to top of document
The MA Program in Geography is designed to train students broadly in geographical approaches to understanding social and human-environment relations, with emphasis on how contemporary processes affect spatial relations across the range of scales from the local to the global. Course work and faculty expertise will expose students to a range of approaches to geographical analysis, including planning perspectives, a variety of critical and applied approaches in human geography, and geospatial data analysis. Students will be encouraged to develop a sophisticated and rigorous understanding of geographical processes through an examination of various current theoretical perspectives and research methodologies and through exposure to diverse empirical material. The training offered by the program will prepare students who wish to pursue careers in areas where the ability to examine and analyze the spatiality of social and human/environment relations is an asset, or continue to the PhD level in Geography, Planning or a related discipline.  
Admission Requirements Go to top of document
Successful completion of an Honours Bachelor's degree or equivalent, in Geography or a closely-related discipline, with a minimum average of B+. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review all applications and recommend admission for a limited number of suitable candidates.  
Degree Requirements Go to top of document
Students will consult with the Director or designated faculty liaison person when planning their programs of study. Graduate students follow either Scheme A or Scheme B.  
Scheme A: Course Work and Thesis Go to top of document
Candidates in this scheme must successfully complete five half-credit courses, plus a thesis that demonstrates the capacity for sustained independent work and original research or thought. The thesis topic will be developed in consultation with the Supervisory Committee. A formal thesis proposal must be approved before research commences on the thesis. Students are required to complete the following half-credit courses: GEOG 5P01, one of GEOG 5P02 or GEOG 5P03, and three half-credit elective courses. Scheme A is designed to normally be completed in five terms. Those lacking sufficient background preparation may be required to complete additional credits. In normal circumstances full-time students will satisfy the core course requirements by the end of the second term, and the elective course requirements will be met by the end of the fourth term. Students will prepare their thesis proposal in the second term, and commence work on the thesis after the proposal has been approved, normally during the third term. Elective courses may be selected from: electives offered by the GEOG program, graduate courses in other programs, or a maximum of one half-credit GEOG directed studies course.  
Scheme B: Course Work and Major Research Paper Go to top of document
Candidates in this scheme must successfully complete seven half-credit courses plus a major research paper that demonstrates capacity for sustained independent work. The research topic will be developed in consultation with the Supervisor. A formal proposal must be approved before research commences on the major research paper. Students are required to complete the following half-credit courses: GEOG 5P01, one of GEOG 5P02 or GEOG 5P03, and five half-credit elective courses. Scheme B is designed to normally be completed in four terms. Those lacking sufficient background preparation may be required to complete additional credits. In normal circumstances full-time students will satisfy the core course requirements by the end of the second term, and the elective course requirements will be met by the end of the fourth term. Students will prepare their major research paper proposal in the second term, and commence work on the major research paper after the proposal has been approved, normally during the third term. Elective courses may be selected from: electives offered by the GEOG program, graduate courses in other programs, or a maximum of one half-credit GEOG directed studies course.  
Part-Time Study Go to top of document
Individuals interested in part-time study should consult with the Graduate Program Director. Part-time students must take GEOG 5P01 and one of GEOG 5P02 or 5P03 in the first two terms, and successfully complete at least one half-credit course per year thereafter.  
Facilities Go to top of document
The department has a graduate student office equipped with computers and internet access, physical geography and GIS labs, and remote sensing equipment. The department is adjacent to the University Map Library, which contains the largest and most comprehensive map and air photo collection in the Niagara Region, as well as up-to-date electronic, digital data and on-line resources. Brock University's location in Niagara,close to wineries and tourist attractions, to Niagara Falls, to the Niagara Escarpment, to the US border, and to many sites of historical interest, as well as its proximity to major cities such as Toronto and Buffalo, provide numerous opportunities for geographical field research and analysis.  
Course Descriptions Go to top of document
Students must check to ensure that prerequisites are met. Students may be deregistered, at the request of the instructor, from any course for which prerequisites and/or restrictions have not been met. GEOG 5F90 MA Thesis An in-depth research project involving the preparation and defense of a thesis that demonstrates capacity for sustained independent work and original geographical research or thought. GEOG 5F91 Major Research Paper An independent research project involving the preparation of a major research paper that demonstrates capacity for independent work and rigorous geographical analysis. GEOG 5P01 Theoretical Approaches to the Critical Examination of Geographical Issues Evaluation of contemporary geographical theory through a brief analysis of philosophies of the mind, and of scientific knowledge, and extended investigation of philosophies of geography, and of geography's core concepts. GEOG 5P02 Methodologies for the Critical Examination of Geographical Issues Major research methods used in geography, with a focus on analyzing the epistemological, theoretical and political implications of using these methods for the creation of geographical knowledge. GEOG 5P03 Quantitative Analysis in Geography An examination and application of essential steps in quantitative analysis: data collection and quality assurance, selection and application of appropriate techniques for different types of geographical data, and the meaningful interpretation and communication of results. GEOG 5P20 Geographies of the Cultural Economy Investigation of a range of approaches and perspectives in contemporary economic geography through a focus on the concept of the cultural economy. GEOG 5P25 Advanced Topics in Geomatics Geospatial data analyses, statistical analyses, data integration and management, and the emergence of web-based geomatics technologies. The use of a geomatics approach to investigate a geographical research topic. GEOG 5P30 Sustainability and the Environment Approaches to evaluating the quality of natural and built environments, the role of planning and policy in promoting environmental sustainability and the value and limitations of strategies proposed for managing environmental issues. GEOG 5P35 Rural Community Development Processes, strategies, and techniques associated with rural community organization and development, local and regional planning, and collective action. GEOG 5P40 Historical Geographies of Culture and Power Investigation of temporal and spatial manifestations of cultural politics and power relations, emphasizing the contested nature of cultural production at global and local scales. GEOG 5P45 Public Space and Policy An examination of geographical and planning perspectives on policies relating to public space in contemporary and historical cities. GEOG 5P50 Critical Geographies of the City Critical examination of modern urban geographies from various theoretical perspectives, involving empirical case studies from around the world. GEOG 5P55 Queer Geographies of Gender and Sexuality Investigation of the spatial organization of gender and sexuality from conceptual perspectives including gay/lesbian studies, women's studies, queer, feminist and trans theorizing. GEOG 5P60 Vulnerability, Human Communities and the Environment Concepts of vulnerability, risk, hazard and disaster; the social and spatial production of vulnerability; relationships among vulnerability and environmental change; social, cultural and political responses and formal mitigation efforts. GEOG 5P70 Geographies of Inequality and Exclusion How inequality and social exclusion are spatially constituted and manifested as discursive and material practices, and the ways that exclusionary practices are resisted. GEOG 5V10-5V29 Directed Studies Specialized study on an individual basis under the direction of a faculty supervisor. GEOG 5V80-5V89 Selected Topics in Geography A specialized geographical topic that will vary by instructor.  
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