(1) General

School:Social Sciences
Academic Unit:Geography
Level of studies:Undergraduate
Course Code:GEO 481Semester:F
Course Title:Human Geography: An Introduction
Independent Teaching ActivitiesWeekly Teaching HoursCredits
Course total5
Course Type:Optional
Prerequisite Courses:None
Language of Instruction and ExaminationsEnglish
Is the course offered to Erasmus students:
Course Website (Url):

(2) Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand the basic concepts, theoretical approaches and empirical applications in contemporary Human Geography

  • Grasp the historical evolution of Human Geography and its main accomplishments

  • Critically analyze and synthesize interactions and interrelationships between various spatial—both physical and cultural—parameters on human activities and vice versa

  • Sharpen their social, cultural and environmental understanding and sensitivity of the human condition and human activities, from both bottom-up and top-down perspectives

  • Apply such knowledge and skills to human geographies of Europe and the World

  • Work in groups and assignment presentations

General Competences

  1. Search for, analysis and synthesis of data and information, with the use of the necessary technology

  2. Working independently

  3. Team work

  4. Working in an interdisciplinary environment

  5. Respect for difference and multiculturalism

  6. Respect for the natural environment

  7. Production of free, creative and inductive thinking

(3) Syllabus

The course is completed in 13 lectures, on the following thematic areas (certain lectures will not be offered every year):

  1. Human Geography—Core Terminology (1 lecture--Iosifidis)

  2. Introduction to Population Geography (1 lecture--Gavalas)

  3. Urban Geography 1 and 2 (1 or 2 lectures--Petropoulou)

  4. The Mediterranean City: Urban Form and Governance (2 lectures--Chorianopoulos)

  5. Demography of the Developing Countries (1 lecture--Gavalas)

  6. Economic Geography and Economic Growth: Theory and Empirical Evidence (1 lecture--Korres)

  7. Economics of Culture: Cultural Management and Local Development (1 lecture--Korres)

  8. Cultural Geography and Identity: an Introduction (1 lecture--Terkenli)

  9. The Geography of Tourism (1 lecture--Terkenli)

  10. Political Geography and Geopolitics (1 lecture--Petrakou)

  11. Urban Social Movements (1 lecture--Petropoulou)

  12. Socio-spatial Dimensions of Population Movements (1 lecture--Iosifidis) [OR] Population Movements (1 lecture--Petrakou) [OR] Geographies of Poverty and Inequalities (1 lecture--Iosifidis)

(4) Teaching and Learning Methods - Evaluation

Use of Information and Communication Technology:
Use of Information and Communication Technology: yes, basic educational technologies Teaching Methods: class lectures and student assignments/ in-class presentations
Teaching Methods:
ActivitySemester workload
Non-supervised study41
Performance evaluation/Exams3
Course total133
Student Performance Evaluation
end-of-semester written exam Projects and exams: yes, both

(5) Attached Bibliography