Human Geography (soan 1253)
AP* Human Geography is equivalent to a one semester class at the college level. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to the systematic study of patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding, use, and alteration of Earth’s surface. Students should use spatial concepts and landscape analysis to examine human organization of space and its environmental consequences. They also learn about the methods and tools geographers use in their research and applications such as spatial analysis and map interpretation and analysis. The course incorporates seven units of study which include; Geography Its Nature and Significance, Population & Migration, Cultural Patterns & Processes, Political Organization of Space, Rural Land Use and World Food Systems, Industrialization & Economic Development, and Cities and Urban Land Use.
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Rick Gindele has taught Social studies in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado for over 20 years and currently teaches AP* Human Geography, World Geography, and World History at Cherry Creek High School. Rick is a teacher consultant and executive board member of the Colorado Geographic Alliance, AP* Human Geography consultant with the College Board*, AP* Human Geography Development Committee member, and a Lead Table Leader at the AP* Human Geography reading. In 2013 he traveled to India and Japan with the Association of American Geographers (AAG) to develop curricula for their Center for Global Education. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Connecticut and a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Colorado