• Course Objective
  • Introductions
  • Vermeer’s Geography
  • Writing An Abstract

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  • Read the papers below and using the discussion methodology introduced in class, be prepared to lead and/or discuss each paper.
  • Write an ABSTRACT for Carl Sauer's "The Education of a Geographer". Save your abstract as a Word file using your last name (ie, Smith.doc, jones.doc, clark.rtf). You can save the file as a word document or RTF. Email this file to me ( as an attachment no later than 8pm Tuesday evening.
  • Spend time pondering your RESEARCH AREA for your thesis/research paper for your master's degree and come to class prepared to introduce your ideas





  • Downs, R.M. "The geographic eye: Seeing through GIS?", in Transactions in GIS. 1997, Vol 2, No 2, pp 111-121.
  • Gould, P. "Expose Yourself to Geographic Research", in Becoming A Geographer", Syracuse University Press, 1999, pp 208-219.
  • Sauer, C.O., "The Education of a Geographer", Annals of the Association of American Geographers Vol XLVI, No. 3, Sept. 1956 , pp 287-298.
  • Nyquest, J.D., "On the Road to Becoming A Professor", Change, May/June 1999, pp 18-27.