GEOGRAPHY ... SOME DIRECTIONS
Dr. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
F o u n d e r / D i r e c t o r
The Indian Institute of Geo...
Salutations
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 2
Even if it is a single syllable
That a teacher imparts to the pupil
There is no wealth in t...
What is geography?
Standard textbook definition:
 Geo = Earth
 Graphy = description
 Geography = description of Earth
©...
The six elements of geography
1. The world in spatial terms
2. Places and regions
3. Physical systems
4. Human systems
5. ...
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 5
Is this how you are feeling now?
Not for long!
Geography helps us …
 To understand connections among things that
are relevant to us …
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 6
Connections
 Our stories are pieces of a dynamic puzzle
 Pieces connected
• Within a particular geographical scale
• Acr...
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 8
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
(18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914)
Try and make the connections
(history + geog...
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 9
Archduke Franz Ferdinand
(18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914)
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 10
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 11
Yajnanarayana Maiya (???? – 1968)
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 12
Rava idly
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 13
Connect
this
with …
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 14
Water
Air / wind
VERANDAH
BANDANA
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 15
Yeah, but what about careers?
 Like, Vasco da Gama is slightly dead!
 The Vijayanagara empire is forgotten!
 Sail boats...
Let us ask some questions …
 Why is India such an important exporter of
pharmaceuticals?
 How are locations of these det...
More questions …
 Understanding why:
• Knowledge of English language = power
• (India in the global context)
 Addressing...
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 19
And another thing … or more
 How does Chinese investment in Latin America
and Sub-Saharan Africa affect the rest of us?
...
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 21
“Without place, you are nowhere. Study some geography!”
My guru
© TIIGS, 2013 -- 22
Image: NASA
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  1. 1. GEOGRAPHY ... SOME DIRECTIONS Dr. Chandra Shekhar Balachandran F o u n d e r / D i r e c t o r The Indian Institute of Geographical Studies Bangalore
  2. 2. Salutations © TIIGS, 2013 -- 2 Even if it is a single syllable That a teacher imparts to the pupil There is no wealth in this world With which the pupil may repay that debt (Late) Sri B. Narasanna, MA, MEd. 1920 – 1987 Social Studies Teacher National High School Bangalore Dr. Surinder Mohan Bhardwaj, PhD Emeritus Professor of Geography Kent State University (USA)
  3. 3. What is geography? Standard textbook definition:  Geo = Earth  Graphy = description  Geography = description of Earth © TIIGS, 2013 -- 3
  4. 4. The six elements of geography 1. The world in spatial terms 2. Places and regions 3. Physical systems 4. Human systems 5. Environment and society 6. The uses of geography © TIIGS, 2013 -- 4
  5. 5. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 5 Is this how you are feeling now? Not for long!
  6. 6. Geography helps us …  To understand connections among things that are relevant to us … © TIIGS, 2013 -- 6
  7. 7. Connections  Our stories are pieces of a dynamic puzzle  Pieces connected • Within a particular geographical scale • Across geographical scales  Connections range from local to global – a delicious example © TIIGS, 2013 -- 7
  8. 8. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 8 Archduke Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914) Try and make the connections (history + geography)
  9. 9. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 9 Archduke Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863 – 28 June 1914)
  10. 10. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 10
  11. 11. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 11 Yajnanarayana Maiya (???? – 1968)
  12. 12. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 12 Rava idly
  13. 13. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 13 Connect this with …
  14. 14. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 14 Water Air / wind VERANDAH BANDANA
  15. 15. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 15
  16. 16. Yeah, but what about careers?  Like, Vasco da Gama is slightly dead!  The Vijayanagara empire is forgotten!  Sail boats are so, like, OLD-fashioned!  Humongous freighters now travel without depending on winds.  How can geography education help us build a career? HUH? • Say us, please! • Er … tell us, tell us, tell uuuusss! © TIIGS, 2013 -- 16
  17. 17. Let us ask some questions …  Why is India such an important exporter of pharmaceuticals?  How are locations of these determined? • ATMs • Mobile signal towers • Industries • Service facilities © TIIGS, 2013 -- 17
  18. 18. More questions …  Understanding why: • Knowledge of English language = power • (India in the global context)  Addressing the naxalite issue © TIIGS, 2013 -- 18
  19. 19. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 19
  20. 20. And another thing … or more  How does Chinese investment in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa affect the rest of us?  Military and a geography education … this is very obvious, ja?  Love Mother Earth? Want to ‘save the environment’? Start with a good geography education.  Want to find a good location for your new home? Three things: location, location, location! © TIIGS, 2013 -- 20
  21. 21. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 21 “Without place, you are nowhere. Study some geography!” My guru
  22. 22. © TIIGS, 2013 -- 22 Image: NASA

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