GEO2230EN - Geography of African Cultures & Societies:

Course description

Examines issues of human cultural impact on the landscape through exploring numerous developmental ideologies and practices that have evolved throughout the last century. Participants will explore the intersections of context and culture to help students evaluate current ideologies of strategy and practice.

How this course benefits students

The course examines human cultural impacts on the geographic landscape. Geography influences needs, culture, opportunities, choices, interests, and skills. This subject matter will better assist students in determining how geography influences lifestyle and point of view that continue to guide and shape the culture in which the students finds themselves engaged.

Why this course is important

Unequal distribution of power and economic resources are important issues in a globalized world. The cause and effect of the inequalities that have been influenced by human cultural impact on the geographic landscape are important to be able to identify and respond to with a heightened level of understanding and compassion. As one better understands correlations between culture and geography within the country they are engaged, they can better identify with and value those individuals within those circumstances, while diminishing the possibility to “other” those of different cultures and contexts. This course extends the opportunity to analyze and assimilate these considerations for these purposes.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Educational level
Social Science Distribution
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

As the student reaches out to our global community with the message of Christ s/he will strive to meet them at their point of need and understanding. Understanding better how they have arrived at where they are by examining the positive and negative influences of community development leads to that end. “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.” 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Missionally driven

As the student goes out among individuals from different backgrounds and understandings this course helps s/he to better grasp not only the new culture, but also helps the student to better understand human cultural impacts on the geographic landscape that were potentially impressed upon the receiving culture by the culture and society of our origin. Did our historical forefathers have a positive or negative influence on where we are going and how does that potentially impact how we are received?

Contextually informed

The content of this course directly strengthens the cultural competence of the student to engage and work with increase knowledge and effectiveness in cross-cultural situations.

Interculturally focused

As the course unpacks human cultural impact on the landscape through exploring numerous developmental ideologies and practices over the last century it reveals both positive and negative influences on population and society and examines the interaction between population dynamics and economic development, social changes and environment, and race and ethnicity factors.

Practically minded

This course offers a practical examination of the influences of human cultural impact on the landscape through exploring numerous ideologies and practices. In so doing it strengthens the student’s ability to critically analyze motivating geographic factors and strengthen their influence in their global setting.

Experientially transformed

Students will have the opportunity to examine their own real world situations to research, identify and report evidence and impact of human cultural influences on the landscape that are demonstrated in their own context.