" The purpose of geography is to provide 'a view of the whole earth by mapping the location of places.“
- Ptolemy, 150 CE
" Man in society and local variations in environment.“
- Halford Mackinder, 1887
"How environment apparently controls human behavior.“
- Ellen Semple, c. 1911
Study of human ecology; adjustment of man to natural surroundings." - Harland Barrows, 1923
“ The science concerned with the formulation of the laws governing the spatial distribution of certain features on the surface of the earth”- Fred Schaefer, 1953
" Geography is both science and art" - H.C. Darby, 1962
"To understand the earth as the world of man"
- J.O.M. Broek, 1965
"Geography is fundamentally the regional or chorological science of the surface of the earth.“
- Robert E. Dickinson, 1969
"Study of variations in phenomena from place to place." – Holt Jensen, 1980
"...concerned with the locational or spatial variation in both physical and human phenomena at the earth's surface " – Martin Kenzer, 1989
"Geography is the study of earth as the home of people"
- Yi-Fu Tuan, 1991
"Geography is the study of the patterns and processes of human (built) and environmental (natural) landscapes, where landscapes comprise real (objective) and perceived (subjective) space." - Gregg Wassmansdorf, 1995
is the science that studies the
deals with human culture and its impact on the earth.
study languages, religion, foods, building styles, urban areas , agriculture, transportation systems, politics , economies, population and demographics , and more.
Branches of Geography Human geography can be divided into many broad categories, such as: Cultural geography Development geography Economic geography Health geography Historical & Time geog. Political geog. & Geopolitics Pop. geog. or Demography Religion geography Social geography Transportation geography Tourism geography Urban geography
deals with the natural features of the earth, the home of humans.
looks at the water, air, animals, and land of the planet earth (i.e. everything that is part of the four spheres - the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere.)
is closely related to geology - but physical geography focuses more on the landscapes at the surface of the earth and not what is inside our planet.
Physical geography can be divided into many broad categories, including: Quaternary science Biogeography Climatology & Meteorology Coastal geography Environmental management Geodesy Geomorphology Glaciology Hydrology & Hydrography Landscape ecology Oceanography Pedology Palaeogeography
Objectives of Teaching Geography: ( 1) To acquaint the students with the living conditions of men in different parts of the globe. (2) To enable the students to acquire a knowledge of natural resources. (3) To develop in students an understanding of how environment and climatic factors have influenced our life. (4) To help the students to acquire knowledge of their physical and social environment and thus to broaden their outlook. (5) To develop in them an understanding of basic concepts, principles and theories relating to geographical phenomena. (6) To train the students in nature study. (7) To develop the power of thinking, reasoning, memory and power of imagination of pupils. (8) To develop their ability to draw conclusions and to generalize. (9) To develop a love for nation and to develop cosmopolitan and internationalist outlook. (10) To develop the creative talents of pupils and to develop an attitude of discovery in them. (11) To develop the skills of reading maps and globes, to develop drawing and measuring skills, and to develop the skill of using and manipulating geographical instruments. (12) To enable the students to appreciate the natural beauty and other physical forces. (13)To help the students to acquire economic efficiency and lead a successful life. (14) To adjust human life in accordance with geographical circumstances. (15) To develop scientific attitude and to develop the ability to draw valid conclusions and independent thinking .
Study Geography to Understand Our Planet
Studying geography can provide an individual with a holistic understanding of our planet and its systems. Those who study geography are better prepared to understand topics impacting our planet such as climate change, global warming, desertification, El Nino, water resource issues, among others. With their understanding of political geography, those who study geography are well-positioned to comprehend and explain global political issues that occur between countries, cultures, cities and their hinterlands, and between regions within countries. With instant global communications and media coverage of geopolitical hotspots around the world on twenty-four hour news channels and on the Internet, the world might seem like it has gotten smaller. Yet centuries-old conflict and strife remain despite huge technological developments over the past few decades.
Studying Geographical Regions While the developed world has developed rather rapidly, the “developing” world, as disasters frequently remind us, has yet to benefit from many of those advances. Those who study geography learn about differences between world regions. Some geographers devote their studies and careers to learning and understanding a specific region or country of the world. They study the culture, foods, language, religion, landscape and all aspects of the region to become an expert. This type of geographer is desperately needed in our world for the better understanding of our world and its regions. Those who are experts in various “hotspot” regions of the world are certain to find career opportunities.
Being A Well-Educated Global Citizen In addition to knowing about our planet and its people, those who choose to study geography will learn to think critically, research, and communicate their thoughts through writing and other means of communication independently. They will thus have skills that are valued in all careers.
Fun Top 10 Reasons to study Geography 10. You'll know the way to CTU 9. History will make a lot more sense. 8. You'll actually know where those chocolate hills are found! 7. One of the most admired women in history, Mother Teresa, was a geography teacher. 6. Michael Jordan was a Geography major so you can be like Mike and make millions of dollars. 5. You might get to meet David Beckham. 4. You won't buy Philippine Rabbit ticket from Pasay to Siquijor. 3. You will be able to "find your way out of a paper bag". 2. You can very well relate to Yoyoy Villame’s Philippine geography song. 1. "Lost"? No way!
Finally, geography is a well-rounded discipline that provides students not only with ample career opportunities but it also provides students with knowledge about our rapidly-changing world and how humans are impacting our planet.