In this class we study globalization, and how it is connecting the world in uneven ways. We examine globalization through the lens of geography -- that is, through a spatial perspective that takes into account location and people's relationship to place. Over the course of this class, you'll gain a deeper understanding of your own connections to the world.
At right: UDC students visit the Chinese Embassy.
History of the District of Columbia
Since its founding in 1800, Washington, D.C. has been defined by ongoing conflicts over race, money, land and power. Gentrification, for example, is a hot topic in D.C. in 2013 – but it’s been a hot topic, on and off, since at least the 1930s. In order to understand how and why the city is changing today, we need to understand the history of how it’s changed over time. This class is an invitation to understanding your city’s past in order to make sense of its present – and participate in its future. Through reading, writing, discussion, and neighborhood-based research, you’ll develop a deep understanding of D.C.’s history, and deepen your own sense of place in this city. And in writing for a public audience, you will help contemporary Washingtonians – many of whom have moved here recently – gain an appreciation of the city’s history as well.
In this course, students learn to understand Washington, D.C. through making maps. By the end of this course, you'll have a solid understanding of the ArcGIS mapping software and know how to map all kinds of data. And you'll also understand your city in new ways.
In the fall of 2013, students created a series of maps for the Deanwood Vacant Property Task Force, documenting vacant properties and associated data in the Deanwood neighborhood of D.C. Here, students pose with the Deanwood Citizens Association president David Smith and UDC law school professor Bradford Voegeli, after presenting their findings at the Deanwood Recreation Center on December 9, 2013.
Urban Spatial Analysis
This is a graduate-level class that introduces students to Geographic Information Systems, or GIS. Students learn the basics of ArcGIS and use the skills they learn to carry out a GIS research project aligned with their course of study.
At right: a map from a student's final project, examining the spatial relationship between child care sites and hazardous waste sites in Washington, D.C.
World Regional Geography
In World Regional Geography, we study the regions of the world. In the fall of 2012, we focused our study around the foods of the world. At right, students visit the Newark Street Community Garden, one of several D.C. community gardens supported by the urban agriculture extension services of the University of the District of Columbia.