First Edition   ©2015

Contemporary Human Geography

Culture, Globalization, Landscape

Mona Domosh (Dartmouth College) , Roderick P. Neumann (Florida International University) , Patricia L. Price (Florida International University)

  • ISBN-10: 1-4641-3344-1; ISBN-13: 978-1-4641-3344-2; Format: Paper Text, 496 pages

Learning Outcomes and Learning Objectives
At the start of the book, the authors set out a series of Learning Outcomes for course, showing how the book helps students achieve these wide-ranging course outcomes. Each chapter begins with a list of Learning Objectives that provide students with a way to organize their reading and study time as they work through the text, and concludes by revisiting these objectives.

Emphasis on Evidence-based Critical Thinking
Contemporary Human Geography presents its field as a dynamic academic pursuit based on observation and evidence, helping students develop informed ideas about geographic issues based on observation and scientific evidence.

Fascinating Contemporary Topics

  • A new section on migration that includes the social and economic causes and consequences of migration
  • A revised discussion of natural hazards and human involvement in these disasters
  • Discussion Vampire Tourism (a form of media tourism where fans of a fictional story, movie, or character travel to key places and landscapes involved in the plot)
  • Coverage of college sports as an expression of culture regions
  • The Rise of the LBGT District (that includes a Video Connection feature)
  • New section on Environmental Refugees (people displaced from their homes due to severe environmental disruption - ex. Hurricane Sandy)
  • New material on the use of technology to preserve and revive endangered languages
  • New section on the political economy of toponyms 
  • New discussion of megachurches (churches with between 2,000 and 10,000 members)
  • New material on foodborne disease outbreaks around the world
  • A new section on global warming and the future of agriculture
  • Discussion of the life of a smartphone - from production to death
  • Discussion of the connection between sexuality and gentrification
  • A new section on the future of migration throughout the world

    Unique Pedagogy
    World Heritage Sites
    These spectacular two-page features help students analyze the landscapes of some stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites from a geographer’s point of view.

    Geography @ Work
    These interviews offer firsthand accounts of the working lives of professional geographers—what they do, where they work, and how their work is applied.

    New York Times Video Connection
    The text includes links to relevant New York Times videos on YouTube, giving students a fresh way to observe and think about human geographic phenomena. Discussion questions accompany each video connection.

    Notebooks (Mona's Notebook, Rod's Notebook, Patricia's Notebook)
    Designed to look like blog entries, with photos taken during each author’s travels, these mini-essays show students how working geographers investigate the world.

    Subject to Debate
    This feature highlights a current controversy, asking students to think critically about both sides of the issue.

    Doing Geography
    These activities at the end of each chapter put students in the role of a working geographer, giving them the information and resources they need to tackle a specific geographic exercise.

    Online
    LaunchPad
    Contemporary Human Geography is an integrated text and media learning system that combines a printed textbook with a wealth of online resources in LaunchPad, W.H. Freeman’s breakthrough online course space. LaunchPad offers:

    •  Pre-built units for each chapter, curated by experienced educators, with media for that chapter organized and ready to assign or customize to suit your course.
    • All online resources for the text in one location, including an interactive e-book, LearningCurve adaptive quizzing (see below), videos with assessment, map building activities, and more.
    • Intuitive and useful analytics, with a gradebook that lets you see how your class is doing individually and as a whole.
    • A streamlined, easy-to-use interface that lets you build an entire course in minutes.

    LearningCurve
    In a game-like format, LearningCurve adaptive and formative quizzing provides an effective way to get students involved in the coursework. It offers:

    • A unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each student’s correct and incorrect answers.
    • A personalized study plan, to guide students’ preparation for class and for exams.
    • Feedback for each question with live links to relevant e-book pages, guiding students to the reading they need to do to improve their areas of weakness.