Course Description




Geography is the study of the natural and human structures of the Earth, as well as their development, dynamics, and evolution. It divides into human geography, which studies communities and their interactions with their environments, and physical geography, which studies the natural environment itself. It aims to bridge our scientific understanding of the environment with our social, historical, economic, and cultural understanding of humans beings and their communities.

Core Curriculum

The core topics introduce the field of geography and give students the skills and understanding to choose and pursue their interests in the specialized topics. On completing the core, students will be able to independently read the historical and academic literature. The core topics are:

  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Earth Systems Processes
  • Geographical Techniques
  • Geographical Controversies
  • Human Geography Field Work
  • Physical Geography Field Work


Specializations should be discussed with the Director of Studies. On completing specializations, students will be able to independently read advanced literature and conduct a final project in that topic. Some suggested specializations are:

  • African Societies
  • Geographies of Finance
  • Biogeography, Biodiversity, and Conservation
  • Geographies of Nature
  • Geography at War
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Geopolitics in the Margins
  • Childhood and Youth in the Global South
  • Island Life
  • New Approaches to Urban
  • Climate Change and Variability Geography
  • Complexity
  • The Quaternary Period
  • Cultural Spaces
  • Transport and Mobilities
  • Desert Landscapes and Dynamics
  • Geographies of Dissent and Resistance

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