1981-2011: International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS)- 1981-2011 : Conseil international d’études canadiennes (CIEC)
Edited By Klaus-Dieter Ertler, Stewart Gill, Susan Hodgett and Patrick James
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GEOGRAPHY / GÉOGRAPHIE Geographies of Canadian Environments and Peoples: Contributions by UK Geographers 1981-2011 to an Understanding of the Canadian Mosaic Ken Atkinson (York St. John University, UK) Introduction With only a few notable exceptions (e.g. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS; the University of Warwick, UK), the academic discipline of Geography is found in all universities in Canada and the UK. Its strength as the discipline in higher education is verified by its buoyant undergraduate enrolments, and its varied and high-quality research outputs. Professional geographers also point to the value of the discipline in three additional ways: pedagogically fostering an ethos of working cooperatively with other disciplines; solving real-world problems using a range of field-work, experimental and information technology skills; and har- bouring a motivation to improve the condition of society. Geography has been called ‘a broad church’, containing a wide range of clearly identifiable sub- disciplines as its building-blocks. It stands at the intersection of the natural sci- ences, humanities and social sciences. A familiar subdivision is into Physical Geography (with sub-disciplines of geomorphology, climatology, hydrology, biogeography and conservation science) and Human Geography (with sub- disciplines of historical geography, settlement geography, economic geography, urban geography, social/cultural geography, and political geography). Each in- dividual sub-discipline itself covers a wide field, and there are blurred and dy- namic boundaries both between the sub-disciplines, and with other related disci- plines (e.g. geomorphology with geology; biogeography with biology; historical geography with history). Geography has always had a range of understandings and expectations with...
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