Course: Fundamentals of Geography

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Course title Fundamentals of Geography
Course code KIG/1GEOG
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Jirásek Petr, RNDr.
Course content
1. Geography as a science and its position in the system of the Earth research. Landscape - the subject of geography research and its structure. The development of geography and its partial disciplines. 2. The geological structure, genesis and the development of Earth 3. The lithosphere-genesis and the development of the shape of the Earth surface. 4. The atmosphere- features, structure, climate zones, the greenhouse effect and reasons of global climate changes. 5. The hydrosphere and Oceans of the world. The Earth space as a limited factor for the development of human beings. 6. The global basics of the world. The global problems of the world. Hazards and risks. 7. The worldwide demography problems. Terms of demography. The population increase and the theory of demographic revolution. 8. Geography of population and settlement. Urbanization and international migration. 9. Food problem and the role of world agriculture 10. The limits of economical development - world energetics and sources of raw materials 11. The political map of the world. The survey and classification of administrative districts - location, government, international organizations 12. Cultural geography: language as a cultural element. Nations and ethnic and religious traditions . The cultural heritage of the world. Cultural regions 13. The Czech Republic: its geographical characteristics 14. The Region of Usti - its geographical characteristics

Learning activities and teaching methods
Learning outcomes
The course of geography is a follow-up to the geography knowledge gained at the secondary school. The main aim of the lectures is to illustrate the possibilities of geographical point of view in the research of landscape and to expound the essence of geographical cogitation through the examples of the world`s global problems. The particular lectures are concentrated on deepening knowledge and terms of physical geography and human geography which are used universally in the area of environment. A special attention is focused on the explanation of the substance of global problems in their complexity, and also on their present interconnection. The course does not substitute other disciplines of science which are taught as independent subjects (geology, cartography, meteorology, climatology, GIS and other).


Assessment methods and criteria
Recommended literature
  • Učebnice zeměpisu pro střední školy.
  • Bičík I.a kol. Lidé na Zemi, Nakl.ČGS Praha, 55s.. 1995.
  • Demek J., Quitt E., Raušer J.. Úvod do obecné fyzické geografie, Academia Praha, 400s.. 1975.
  • Holeček M.a kol. Česká republika, Nakl.ČGS Praha,63s.. 1993.
  • Janský B.a kol. Země, Nakl.ČGS Praha , 63s.. 1993.
  • Kunc K. Environmentální vzdělávání a výchova, VŠT-TU Ostrava, 126s.. 1996.
  • Kunc K., Skokan L. Globální problémy(úvod do geoglobalistiky), PF UJEP Ústí nad Labem, 186s.. 1999.
  • Moldan B. Příroda a civilizace, SPN Praha, 147s.. 1997.
  • Skokan L. Úvod do teorie geografie I., PF UJEP Ústí n.L., 147s,. 1998.
  • Skokan L. Úvod do teorie geografie II., PF UJEP Ústí n.L., 157s.. 1999.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Environment Environmental Protection (B) Ecology and environmental protection 1 Winter
Faculty of Environment Environmental Protection (B) Ecology and environmental protection 1 Winter