There is a wide variety of graduate courses to choose from in Geography. The style of course varies, from one-on-one specialized ("advanced studies") courses, to larger enrolment courses. There are mandatory requirements that include mandatory courses and mandatory milestones and several non-mandatory options to fulfill the overall (minimum) requirements. Course descriptions and instructors are listed on a separate page.
Course registration must be completed at the beginning of every term after fees have been paid. Course registration is completed in the Geography Department by the Graduate Administrator after you have consulted fully with your supervisor. First year students typically select courses after the Retreat.
Students are responsible for maintaining continuous registration with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This requires registration and payment of fees every term. Consult the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar for details on registration regulations.
The minimum course load for a Masters student is five and for the PhD it is three.
| * one course = a one-term course,
also called "half" course; exceptions noted.
** Environment and Sustainability (EnvSust) students confer with their supervisor and may consult the Graduate Chair, to decide on an appropriate course to waive to accomodate EnvSust requirements.
Interdisciplinary Programs with Geography
All graduate students are expected to attend the speaker series and the PhD students in particular are expected to attend the critical appraisal seminar series. Less frequently, departmental workshops will also be offered.
As it is difficult to put courses into mutually exclusive categories, the courses are categorized below in several ways simultaneously. First, the mandatory components are highlighted in the next two tables: mandatory courses (M) and mandatory milestones (milestones are not courses per se but they have course numbers). Second, the four main research clusters within the department are identified: EDH = Environment Development and Health, GIS = Geographic Information Science, Phys = Physical Geography, and UrbS = Urban Studies. Many courses have appeal beyond any single cluster - the clusters merely identify the "primary" research cluster of the instructor. Third, three additional categories are identified. The first two of these are general (G) or specialized (S) (Advance Studies) courses, which distinguish courses we expect to typically have enrolments greater than one student (i.e., G courses) as opposed to those that typicallyare one-on-one with the supervisor (i.e., S courses). The third, the methods (Meth) course designation, is meant to highlight courses that focus on design, measurement, and/or analysis. This all may help you select your non-mandatory courses ("electives") but there are no specific requirements in our progams concerning the four research clusters or S, G and Meth courses.
Courses Offered "Next" Fall/Winter
This page will typically be updated with the next set of course offerings sometime in the summer prior. Availability of non-mandatory courses is dependent on enrolment. Thus, when a Term/Day/Time are identified that means the course has been scheduled but may not mean it will ultimately run. Likewise, if a course does not have a Term/Day/Time it may still run if there is enough interest. It is important that students contact the relevant instructors to double check/confirm (non-mandatory) course availability. TBA indicates the course will be scheduled in the coming year.
Mandatory Graduate Courses and Milestones
TBA = to be announced; F= Fall; W = Winter
Mandatory Graduate Courses (these also appear in the long Courses table below)
In addition to the courses listed in the next table, MA/MSc students are required to take at least three courses and PhD students are required to take two.
|9998||Philosophies of Geography||yes||yes||F||TBA||TBA|
|9099||Research Design and Presentation||yes||no*||W||TBA||TBA|
|*PhD candidates are welcome to take this course, but it is not mandatory for a PhD.|
Mandatory Program Milestones
Milestones have course numbers, but they are not courses in the traditional sense.
|9089/9989||MA/MSc (9089) and PhD (9989) Proposal||yes||yes|
|9986||PhD Conference Presentation||no||yes|
|9987||PhD Departmental Presentation||no||yes|
|9988||PhD Comprehensive Examination||no||yes|
Graduate Courses and Schedule
MA/MSc students are required to take at least three of the following courses to meet their mandatory course requirement. PhD students are required to take at least two of the following courses (the 9099 course above is a choice as well) to meet their mandatory course requirement. Graduate courses in other departments or institutions may be substituted, the student is advised to consult with their supervisor before enrolling.
G = General; S= Specialized ("Advanced Studies"); Man. = mandatory for group(s) identified; Clust.= research cluster of instructor (EDH = Environment Development and Health, GIS = Geographic Information Science, Phys = Physical Geography, UrbS = Urban Studies); Meth = Methods Course, TBA = day/time to be announced soon (blank = contact instructor); AWI = arrange with instructor or contact Graduate Administrator; F= Fall; W = Winter
For details of categories see Course Categorization. Confirm course availability with instructors.
Schedule Fall 2012/Winter 2013 Calendar-style schedule
- all Fall 2012 courses begin
week of September 10,
2012- exceptions noted in the title column
- most courses meet in the Pleva room (SSC 2322E) - exceptions noted in title column
|#||Title (click any header to sort)||G/S||Man.||Clust||Meth||Term||Day||Start
|9998||Philosophies of Geography||G||PhD
|9099||Research Design and Presentation||G||MA/Sc||yes||W||Tu||10:30
|9102||Research in Physical Geography||G||Phys||no|
|9107||Environment and Health||G||EDH||no||F||Tu||13:00
|9109||Geography of Migration||G||EDH||no||W||Wed||9:30
|9111||Advanced Spatial Analysis||G||GIS
|9115||Urban Social Cultural Geography||G||UrbS||no|
Urban Geography of the
Policy Formation and Futures:
Critical and Analytical Approaches
|9119||Monitoring of Riverine Systems||G||Phys||no||W||Mon||13:00
|9200||Advanced Studies in Physical Geography||S||Phys||no||AWI|
|9300||Advanced Studies in Environment Development and Health||S||EDH||no||AWI|
|9400||Advanced Studies in GISc||S||GIS||yes||AWI|
|9500||Advanced Studies in Urban Studies||S||UrbS||no||AWI|
|9518||Advanced Cultural Geography||S||UrbS||no||F||Tues||10:30
Biology 9440B - Topics in Ecology and Evolution (Wetland Ecosystems)
Dr. Brian Branfireun
Department of Biology
NOTE: a/b, a, b, y, full?
In other contexts UWO course numbers often have a suffix. Those with the suffix "a/b" are half courses and may be offered in either term; "a" indicates a Fall-term half course, "b" a Winter-term half course. Course numbers with the "y" suffix are on-going: they usually last two half-terms but in some instances last longer. Full (two-term) courses, or courses which continue until completed (e.g., thesis), have no subscript.
Please contact the Graduate Administrator with any questions regarding the graduate program.
Phone: 519-661-2111, Ext. 85033;