Geography Final Project

Entry 1: Sense of Place

Geography Final Project

Your first entry will provide you with an opportunity to share your about your location. Using the tools provided, you will create a marker and place it on an interactive online map, and use your posting to describe some features and elements of your community. As each student completes this part of the assignment, more markers will appear on the map. Take time to view other markers and learn something about different communities! You will also enter the information into your journal.

The information required for Entry 1 is:

1. House Photo

. The average house price in Canada as of January 2019 was $472,000. What can you buy for that price in your community?

. Go to the website of a real estate agent who works in the community you are going to share about, and find a house or property listed as close to $472,000 as possible.

. Right click the photo and save a copy to your computer. Insert the picture into your response.

. Write down the house/property address since you’ll be asked for that information when you enter data into a form.

. Write down copyright information (source website URL).

· Typical Geography Photo

. Use your own camera to take a picture of the geography that you want to share with others. If you can’t take your own photo, search the internet for a picture that shows the typical geography and also note the source URL to provide the appropriate copyright details.

. Download the photo onto your computer. Insert the picture into your response.

· Write Three things you like about your community (three short sentences).

· Write One thing you would like to change about your community and why (one short sentence).

This entry asks you to identify the region you live in and to think about what Robert Bone means when he discusses “faultlines.”

Start a new entry in your Final Project journal and title it: “Region and Faultlines.” Answer the following questions:

1. Which of Bone’s regions does your location fall into?

2. Please insert one photo or link to a video illustrating your answers to the question below.

(For this and future entries, remember to add the copyright information to the bottom of your image if you have not taken the photo or video yourself).

3. Consider Bone’s discussion of faultlines as sources of tension in our Canadian fabric. What evidence do you see of one or more faultlines in your location? Describe briefly (approx. 100 words) why you think one or more faultline is evident in your region.

Title an entry in your Final Project journal “Historical Roots” and:

1. Describe an element of the landscape that illustrates the historical geography of your region (~100 words).

2. Insert a photo showing evidence of the history described above. The photo should be a contemporary one that captures evidence of your region’s historical past.

Title an entry in your journal “Art and/or Literature,” and share analysis about your location in terms of how it is represented in an artistic painting, literary work, or film. Identify an artistic piece, and then answer the questions below to analyze it for its representation of regional characteristics.

For your entry, please provide the following:

1. An image of the piece that you are analyzing (for a film or video, a screen capture of a shot is sufficient)

2. A title and artist name to identify the piece

3. In approximately 100 words, elaborate on how this artistic piece uses characteristics of your region.

In your Final Project document, create an entrytitled “The Future,” and answer the following question:

1. What do you think the “human face” of your region will look like in 25 years? Why? (~100 words). When selecting an image to illustrate your answer, we realize that you won’t be able to take a picture of something that doesn’t exist yet! So feel free to exercise your drawing talents, or for those of you panicking at the thought of drawing (myself included!), you can be creative when selecting an image. For example, if I was going to identify the continued demographic expansion of Vancouver by immigrants from Asia as a possible future development, I might choose to show: i) a picture of a map with those countries of origin, or perhaps ii) a picture of Chinatown, or perhaps iii) a figure showing how immigration has increased in the last 20 years or so, a trend that could be projected into the future.

this part of the Final Project, you will analyze one region of Canada. Select a region to write about that is not the region that you are using for the mapping exercise (e.g., not the region you are living in (perhaps for school), or not your “home” region).

Choose one of the six regions of Canada and write a 1500 word report (approximately 6 written pages, double-spaced),  website or publications available at your local library, newspapers, magazines, books, the internet, the TRU student library service, and other sources to find up‐to‐date information. Please use a minimum of six external resources, including peer-reviewed journals.

You are encouraged to use sub-headings to separate sections of your report, although you are free to organize your report in any way you wish. Frame your report with an introduction and conclusion, and include a title page. Similar to the written assignments, you will use APA citation format. Be sure to look at the grading rubric as a guide for how marks are awarded!

Include information of the following:

· Describe the dominant (or top one, two, or three) economic activities in the region.

· Provide a brief overview of the natural resources that can be found in your region, along with an assessment of how much they contribute to the region’s economy.

· Identify the population density, and describe how the population is concentrated or dispersed. Is there evidence that your region is seeing an increase or decrease of people since 2001? Where (in what geographic area) is growth occurring (if it is occurring)? If it is not occurring, where (what geographic area or place) in the region are people leaving? Describe one or two reasons (with references) for this pattern.

· From the above, identify where you think the core areas are and where you think the periphery areas are. Do you think the region is rapidly growing, slow growing, or diminishing in terms of its economy (as per Friedman’s core/periphery model outlined in Chapter 1)?

· What evidence is there for your conclusion?

· Identify and describe one of Bone’s faultlines that is evident in the region. Is the faultline currently dormant, or is it active (see page 10 of your textbook)? Elaborate on what you think this faultline will look like in 10 years—will it exist? Will it be active and prominent? Why or why not? You are encouraged to include other thoughts.

· Conclude your report by identifying what you think is the greatest challenge facing people of the region in the next 10 years. This challenge may be economic, social, demographic, or be rooted in natural resource use. Explain why you think this challenge is paramount to the people of the region. Identify two ways that this challenge could be overcome.

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