Why Geography?

What is geography?

Geography is the study of the earth’s surfaces and their relationship with the world’s cultures. At Memorial, geography aims to teach students how to investigate environment systems from human and physical perspectives by examining the integration of nature and spatial organization of the world. The Department of Geography aims to teach students theories, methods and analytical techniques applicable to a wide range of questions and broad spectrum of occupations and to foster a spirit of inquiry about geography. Research in geography at Memorial encompasses both local and international interests, such as but not limited to the Arctic, coastal governance, electronic waste, Labrador highlands, marine habitat mapping, northern mining, and urban pollution history.

What do geographers do?


 What do geographers study?

Sample courses:

GEOG 2001 Cultural Geography; an introduction to the study of culture in geography, emphasizing both the history of the field from classic studies of landscapes to contemporary scholarship and themes of recent importance. These include the relationship between nature and culture: imperialism and colonialism; place, identity, and power; and global cultures of commodities, media, and tourism.

GEOG 2495 Regional Geography of Labrador; a holistic study of the Geography of Labrador, including the terrain, geology, Quaternary history, climate, vegetation, and fauna; the cultural geography of Labrador, including Innu, Inuit, NunatuKavut, and Settler people and communities; economic activities in Labrador, and the interaction of the Labrador economy within Newfoundland, Canada, and globally; the management of physical and human resources; and the geographic techniques used to investigate and understand Labrador's unique Geography.

GEOG 3350 Community and Regional Planning and Development; introduces students to regional planning and development theories, techniques and approaches. Understanding of networks of development actors at community and regional scales, methods of delineating regions, links between theory and practice in planning and development. Focus on Canadian experiences and a sustainable development perspective


Department of Geography

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000