Course: Human Geography I.

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Course title Human Geography I.
Course code KRRVS/PSEG1
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 6
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Novák Václav, RNDr. Ph.D.
  • Kačírek Petr, Ing.
  • Kopáček Miroslav, Ing.
  • Králik Ján, Mgr. et Ing.
Course content
1. Introduction Definitions, socioeconomic geography and regional development, the contribution of geographers and regional economists. 2. Methods and techniques of socio-economic geography Basic techniques, quantitative methods, sample research etc. 3. Theory of region Development of views on the concept of the region. The structure of the homogenous and heterogeneous regions. 4. Localization theory Its development and position in time, impacts. The theory of diffusion of innovation. Basic types, growth of innovation in time, innovative barrier. 5. Development and present political map of the world Become an object of study as part of the socio-economic geography, basic properties and characteristics of the state. 6. Population, urbanization processes Spatial population differentiation and general characteristics of territorial concentration of population. 7. Structure and basic elements of settlement Development of settlement structure, the influence of socio-economic and natural conditions on the formation of settlements. Classification of municipalities. 8. Origin and development of towns, functions of towns Creating a space settlement systems. Agglomeration, conurbation, and megalopolis. 9. Geography of Agriculture Patterns of spatial agriculture organization. Typology of the Czech countryside, problems of development in rural areas. 10th Geography of industry, location factors, differentiation and concentration of industrial production 11th Geography of transportation. Classification, spatial differentiation, conditioning factors. 12th Geography of services Trends in locating progressive Tertiary and KIBS. Geography of Tourism. 13th Integration, disintegration and globalization processes in the world today Dimensional view of the world economy and level of maturity. The European Union and its institutional basis, the EU institutions.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 52 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 52 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 52 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the course is to acquaint students with the basics of socio-economic geography, which consists of various sub-disciplines. Research methods of socio-economic geography will be taught. They will be applied during exercises within the course.
After completing the course, students will be able to create a more complex analysis of the selected geographic area (verbally and in writing), ie. describe geographical space through specialized techniques and language.

Assessment methods and criteria
Credit requirements: seminar work, the individual parts will be ordered and continuously checked in exercises. Exam: written test form with 30 questions. Markings: excellent - correctly answer min. 24 questions very well - correctly answer 21 to 23 questions well - correctly answer 18 to 20 questions Attendance at exercises is compulsory, optional lecture.
Recommended literature
  • Dicken, Peter. Global Shift Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. London: Sage publications, 2011. ISBN 978-1412929554..
  • Haggett , Peter. Geography: A global synthesis. New York: Pearson Education, 2001. ISBN 978-0582320307..
  • HAMPL, Martin. Geografická organizace společnosti v České republice. Praha: PřF UK, 2005. ISBN 80-86746-02-X..
  • IVANIČKA, Koloman. Základy teórie a metodológie socioekonomickej geografie. Bratislava: Slovenské pedagogické nakladateľstvo, 1987..
  • MACKINNON, Danny, CUMBERS, Andrew. An Introduction to Economic Geography: Globalization, Uneven Development and Place. New York: Pearson Education, 2007. ISBN 978-0273727279..
  • MARYÁŠ, Jaroslav a kol. Ekonomická geografie I. 2. vydání. Brno: MU, 2001. ISBN 80-210-2595-6..
  • TOUŠEK, Václav, KUNC, Josef, VYSTOUPIL, Jiří, et al. Ekonomická a sociální geografie. Plzeň: Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, 2008. ISBN 978-80-7380-114-4..
  • VOŠTA, Milan. Změny v rozmístění světového hospodářství. Praha: VŠE, 2006. ISBN 80-245-1105-3..
  • VYSTOUPIL, Jiří, MARYÁŠ, Jaroslav. Ekonomická geografie II. Brno: MU, 2000..
  • WOKOUN René a kol. Základy regionálních věd a veřejné správy. Plzeň: Nakladatelství Čeněk, 2011. ISBN 978-80-7380-304-9..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Economics and Management (A) Economy 1 Winter
Faculty of Social and Economic Studies Regional Development and Public Administration (A) Economy 1 Winter