Geography 221. Field Geography, The Local Landscape
Course Description and Focus
Throughout human history, maps have influenced how we see the world and helped us understand human and physical phenomena. Maps are a powerful tool for people and communities to manage their resources, make decisions, plan for the future, capture local knowledge, raise awareness on environmental and/or social issues, and communicate their findings or concerns to others.
In this course we will explore field observation and mapping as a way of understanding human and cultural geography of Portland. We will examine cultural aspects of Portland through field explorations and conduct research to collect data and create maps of these phenomenon. Through a series of exercises, students will explore cultural landscapes in the Portland metropolitan region. While the emphasis is on field data collection, some assignments will include supplementary data collection from sources such as the census (on ethnicity, population density, etc.), historic maps and photographs, interviews, and published accounts about places. Course content will include interpreting cultural landscapes, research design, mapping, interviews, and (re)photography. In addition to assigned exercises, each student will define an individual topic involving research design, data collection, and field work for their final project.
Class meetings will consist primarily of field work, data collection, computer-based activities, lectures, presentations, mapping, and collaboration.
2| Portlandness: A Cultural Atlas by David Banis & Hunter Shobe
3| USB Flashdrive (Recommended 2GB minimum)
Assignments and Grading
Participation (10%): Participation in this class is essential. Your participation grade will be based on your presence in class and contributions to class discussions.
Field Activities / Assignments (60%): There are a number of field-based / research assignments in class.
Field Research Projects (30%): Each student will conduct their own research project on a cultural geographic topic in Portland. The final project will include a Google Web map of their results, as well as a written report.
Final grades will be based on the following scale: A (90-100), B (80-89), C (70-79), D (60-69), and F (below 60).
**Course schedule is subject to change and will be updated throughout the quarter.
Sept 26 | 28. Interpreting Landscapes
Oct 3 | 5. Downtown Portland
Oct 10 | 12. Parks & urban Land-Use
Oct 17 | 19. Field data to map
Oct 31 | Nov 2. Race, Ethnicity & Income
Nov 7 | 9. Historic Landscapes
Nov 21 | 23.
Dec 5 | 7.
Topic. Research reports & web maps
Final Project Presentations
Read. Lewis, Pierce. Axioms for Reading the Landscape: Some Guides to the American Scene
Read. Abbott, C. 1983. Portland: Politics, Planning, and Growth in a Twentieth-Century City
Read. Nilda Cosco, Robin Moore, Mohammed Islam 2010. Behavior Mapping: A method for linking preschool physical activity & outdoor design
Read. Hardwick, Susan W & James E. Meacham 2005. Heterolocalism, Networks of Ethnicity, and Refugee Communities in the Pacific Northwest: The Portland Story
Assignment 4| Land-Use & Ethnic Mapping
Read. Stewart, George R. US 40, Cross Section of the USA (excerpt); Vale, Thomas R & Geraldine R. Vale. US 40 Today, Thirty years of landscape change in America (excerpt)
Read. US Census Bureau. A Compass for understanding and using American Community Survey Data
Assignment 8| Mapping Place
Final Project - Web Map & Written Report
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