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Geographers study the natural and social processes that form our environments and interpret the changing interrelationships between environment and society. Geography courses examine the role of the natural environment in limiting and creating opportunities for people, and the role of society in reshaping the Earth habitat. The study of the natural environment itself, and the broad question of society’s relationship to nature, along with such concerns as the management of scarce resources and many environmental crises, have long been of interest to geographers. At UBC, the Geography undergraduate program is divided into three fields: physical, human, and technical. The Department offers a wide range of courses leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical geography or a Bachelor of Arts Degree in human geography. Technical courses are incorporated into both degrees. At the graduate level, The Department of Geography at UBC is widely acknowledged as one of the leading departments in the world in terms of its research accomplishments. The scholarly interests of faculty members and graduate students encompass a wide range of subject areas, philosophical approaches, methods of analysis, and geographical locations.

 

Spanning a decade now, Dr. David Brownstein has “taught in the UBC Geography Department” and “supervised over 275 fourth-year projects, many of which you can now find online” in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

With a special thanks to Dr. Brownstein and to all of his students including the community partners, it was a pleasure to archive the Department of Geography`s undergraduate research from 2011 to 2016. And, while the two GEOG 419 & GEOG 429 courses have ended indefinitely as of spring 2016, it is hoped that cIRcle can resume archiving and showcasing this unique undergraduate research output in the future.

Until then, you can download the latest GEOG 419: Research in Environmental Geography and GEOG 429: Research in Historical Geography reports including some oral history interviews about various people and places located in and around British Columbia at: http://bit.ly/2an1DVn

 

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Correction on August 9, 2016:

GEOG 419 is not cancelled but will be taught by a tenure track professor sans the community partners’ aspect due to the increase in the class size – 50 students”.

Above text excerpt in italics is courtesy of the UBC Department of Geography

 

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Geographers study the natural and social processes that form our environments and interpret the changing interrelationships between environment and society. Geography courses examine the role of the natural environment in limiting and creating opportunities for people, and the role of society in reshaping the Earth habitat. The study of the natural environment itself, and the broad question of society’s relationship to nature, along with such concerns as the management of scarce resources and many environmental crises, have long been of interest to geographers. At UBC, the Geography undergraduate program is divided into three fields: physical, human, and technical. The Department offers a wide range of courses leading to a Bachelor of Science Degree in physical geography or a Bachelor of Arts Degree in human geography. Technical courses are incorporated into both degrees. At the graduate level, The Department of Geography at UBC is widely acknowledged as one of the leading departments in the world in terms of its research accomplishments. The scholarly interests of faculty members and graduate students encompass a wide range of subject areas, philosophical approaches, methods of analysis, and geographical locations.

 

Spanning a decade now, Dr. David Brownstein has “taught in the UBC Geography Department” and “supervised over 275 fourth-year projects, many of which you can now find online” in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository.

With a special thanks to Dr. Brownstein and to all of his students including the community partners, it was a pleasure to archive the Department of Geography`s undergraduate research from 2011 to 2016. And, while the two GEOG 419 & GEOG 429 courses have ended indefinitely as of spring 2016, it is hoped that cIRcle can resume archiving and showcasing this unique undergraduate research output in the future.

Until then, you can download the latest GEOG 419: Research in Environmental Geography and GEOG 429: Research in Historical Geography reports including some oral history interviews about various people and places located in and around British Columbia at: http://bit.ly/2an1DVn

 

GEO1    GEO2    GEO3    GEO4

Correction on August 9, 2016:

GEOG 419 is not cancelled but will be taught by a tenure track professor sans the community partners’ aspect due to the increase in the class size – 50 students”.

Above text excerpt in italics is courtesy of the UBC Department of Geography

 

Are you looking for some great business literature to read this summer? You’re in luck because David Lam Library has just developed a list of 10 business books to read this summer! They can all be found in the Great Reads section of the library, inside the Canaccord Learning Commons.   We also wanted to […]
BC BookLook covers John Thistle's win of the 4th annual Basil Stuart-Stubbs Award for Outstanding Scholarly Book on B.C., presented at UBC Library on June 9, 2016.

 

 

We often write about collections that have already been digitized, but today we want to give you a sneak peek of a forthcoming collection that we’re working on right now.

The BC Historical Documents are a variety of papers, correspondence and text that have been identified as being representative of the documentary history of early British Columbia. These documents highlight the growth and development of BC over time, and feature some key figures in our social and political history. This collection is made up primarily of personal papers, letters, photos and ledger books, as well as a number of educational records such as curriculums and class lists.

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Two graduate students from UBC’s School of Library & Archival Studies are working on digitizing these records and adding metadata to them. Through this work, both have had the opportunity to interact with rare and interesting materials, including police reports, yearbooks and personal letters. In one instance, a set of yearbooks from the Provincial Normal School shows the direct impact of World War I, with the 1914/1915 graduating class being half the size of the previous year, and the 1915/1916 yearbook documenting former students who had gone to war, as well as those that had passed away.

A number of correspondence from noted politician and 12th premier of BC, Charles Semlin, demonstrate the complex balance between private and public life that political figures often must negotiate. In Semlin’s case, he was known as a conservative politician interested in curbing immigration from Asia and implementing wide-ranging reforms. Despite his divisive political leanings, however, Semlin was a source of financial support for numerous friends and acquaintances throughout his life, a fact well documented in his correspondences.

Across these historical documents, it is possible to gain greater perspective and appreciation for the many components which have contributed to the building of our province, and the variety of stories that make this place unique.

Stay tuned for more information about the Early BC Historical Documents collection!

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