Cultural Geography of the World

This course teaches an approach to spatial patterns and changing process of cultures through geographical perspectives. (Taught in Mandarin.)

About The Course

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This course is presented in Mandarin.

Cultural Geography of the World is one of the most popular undergraduate courses at Peking University. It is an inclusive, general introductory course, combining natural and cultural geography with history and art. Through the lens of humanism and independent thinking, learners will be encouraged to observe and analyze cultural phenomena from spatial and time perspectives. This course has 12 chapters: The basic research method of world cultural geography; The division of world culture areas; The world's population distribution and migration of population; Origin of agriculture; Diffusion and regional differences; The origin and spread of the city; Regional differences and characteristics of urban morphology; The spatial distribution of the major languages, religions, ethnicities in the world and their relationship; The great geographical discovery and the formation of the world colonial system; World geopolitics and the spatial structures of the world geography system; Global economic integration; Urbanization and its political, economic, social impacts. Using relevant domestic and foreign textbooks, publications, maps, photos, and charts to show the difference and the changing progress of spatial patterns of the cultures, learners will be asked to observe and analyze cultural phenomena with geographic and spatial vision and to consider the development and changing process of the cultural phenomena in light of time sequence. The course will include a midterm and final exam.

《世界文化地理》是介绍世界文化地理的格局、形成、发展过程,培养学生用地理学的眼光去观察和分析世界上文化现象的发生、发展与空间分布特点。 《世界文化地理》是北京大学最受本科生同学欢迎的通选课之一。课程内容信息量很大,包罗万象,把世界地理同世界历史、文化、艺术等融合在一起。任课教师带领学生用地理空间的观点、时间变化的角度,去观察和分析世界上的文化现象。课程内容兼具科学性和趣味性,每年吸引了大量学生选课。  《世界文化地理》具体内容包括:世界文化地理的基本研究方法,世界文化区的划分,世界人口分布与人口迁移,农业的起源、传播与区域差异,城市的起源与扩散,城市形态的区域差异与特点,世界主要语言、宗教、人种的空间分布及其相互关系,地理大发现与世界殖民体系的形成,世界地缘政治与世界地理系统的空间结构特点,全球经济议题化、城市化现象及其伴随的政治、经济、社会问题,等等。  《世界文化地理》的授课内容兼及自然地理和文化地理两大方面,课程综合吸收国内外相关的最新教材和研究论著的内容,采取地图、照片、图表等表现形式,力图生动浅显地展示世界文化地理格局的基本空间差异和变化过程,注意专题介绍与综合分析相结合,空间差异分析与世界变化分析相结合,重视培养大学生的两种能力:运用地理学的、空间的眼光来观察、分析世界上文化现象的能力和从时间的角度来看待世界上文化现象发展变化过程的能力。  课程有期中和期末两次考试,最终有期末成绩。


The course is one of the PKU-DeTao MOOCs, which is a joint effort by Peking University and DeTao Masters Academy.


Recommended Background

Basic knowledge of Geography, History and Archaeology. 要求选课学生具备初步的相关地理学、历史学、考古学基础知识。