GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE
This course is designed to acquaint the student with geographic perspectives on Europe. Throughout the semester, the course will follow a systematic approach, examining the physical, cultural, demographic, political, urban, and economic patterns that make up the geography of contemporary Europe. Students are introduced to the diversity of the physical and human landscapes of Europe; the patterns of language, religion, and ethnicity; and the ways in which Europeans have used their land for economic and cultural purposes. Geography of Europe also examines the background and prospects of a united (and divided) Europe. Europe is experiencing tremendous change with the continued growth of the European union and the transition to market economies in eastern Europe. While its physical configuration remains unaltered, a process of disintegration and reintegration has changed the map in response to social, cultural, political and economic pressures. The course provides a useful geographic appreciation for the casual European traveler and valuable insights for the serious student of Europe. Making use of the tools and techniques of geographic inquiry, the course will delve into issues to provide a comprehensive understanding of today's Europe.