Making Sense of Planet Earth
PRODUCT INFORMATION In this exciting series, renowned human geographer Dr. Alexander B. Murphy shows us how geographical concepts and insights are reshaping how we understand the chal- lenges of a planet that will soon play host to 10 billion inhabitants. Traveling the globe, Dr. Murphy demonstrates how seeing the world spatially is a key to surviving and pros- pering in the 21st century.
Hosted by Dr. Alexander B. Murphy
Dr. Murphy, a renowned geographer and Chair of the National Academy of Science’s study “Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences.”
‘Shot in High-Definition
Maps & Graphs
8 programs on 4 DVDs Series $199.99 Runtime: 30 minutes each
ADVANCED PLACEMENT HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
Upgrade to this nine part video series package that has an inclusive (119 page) Teaching Guide designed by Dr. Susan W. Hardwick to meet the needs of AP Geography teachers. Each of these video ‘programs’ provide solid geography content, detailed presentations on key geographic skills, and solid inspiration for AP Human Geography teachers & students. Individual videos may be used to illustrate a key geographic case study, issue, skill, or concept – or the series can be shown as a whole to amplify themes and concepts covered in assigned readings, lectures, and homework assignments.
9 programs on 5 DVDs $249.99
Portraying the Earth (Included in AP version only) In the introductory program, Professor Alec Murphy lays the foundation for all of geography: mapping and other representations of planet Earth . The program presents the history of portraying the Earth from the earliest maps of ancient Greece, to topo- graphic maps, to satellite representations, to the to 21st century computer-based GIS, Geographical Information Systems. The program includes a visit to the U.S. Geological Survey, the institution that has served as America's center for mapmaking for the past 150 years.
The Tools of Human Geography (Included in both versions) Program one introduces the techniques and tools human geographers have developed for understanding the ever-changing human landscape. Dr. Murphy utilizes leading experts in human geography to define the scope and importance of the subject.
Population Distribution and Migration (Included in both versions) Human population, its location and concentration, is the fundamental factor in all cultural and economic development, past, present, and future. In this program, Dr. Murphy focuses on how population distribution has changed over time, and why.
Understanding Human Culture (Included in both versions) Humans are among the most social animals on the planet. We need a shared system of language, beliefs, norms and values to survive and mature from birth to adulthood. In short, everybody needs a culture. In this program, Dr. Murphy shows us how geog- raphy helps us make sense of the diverse cultural and religious landscape.
Political Boundaries (Included in both versions) One of the most important subjects in human geography is the relationship between political power, people, and space or territory. Dr. Murphy guides us through the under- standing of how political power has evolved and moved across the landscape. This understanding is one of the keys to confronting social and economic challenges.
Agriculture and Rural Land Use (Included in both versions) As the human population has grown to over 7 billion people, nothing has had to change more than the geography of agriculture. Incredibly, over 40 percent of the Earth's land is now given over to agriculture. In this program, Dr. Murphy takes the viewer through the geography of the first, second, and green agricultural revolutions.
Industrialization and Economic Development (Included in both versions) Economic growth, wealth creation, outsourcing, economic inequality, resource distribu- tion, and the uneven penetration of the global economy are all phenomena that have a strong geographic base. Dr. Murphy reviews how human geography can help make sense of the economic world.
Cities and Urban Land Use (Included in both versions) In the 21st century, more than half of humanity lives in urban areas. We are becoming a world of cities—many of them global cities. Where are cities located, how are they organized, and what are they like is the topic of this program. Making sense of this great diversity in urban landscapes is one of human geography’s major jobs.
Confronting Future Challenges (Included in both versions) The planet’s surface is being reorganized and reshaped at a scale never before seen. The cause of this change is human activity itself. Not only is the physical landscape changing but so too is the human landscape. PEOPLE, RESOURCES, ENERGY, CAPITAL, and INFORMATION are moving from place to place at an ever-accelerating rate. Seeing the world spatially is a key to making sense of what lies ahead.