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Geography helps you understand how remote sensing and mapping is done

Geography as a discipline is an interesting and useful course dwelling on natural attributes, human dimensions and interrelations between both that is nature and man. The subject along with theoretical aspects also deals with applications and practical work. It instills in you the holistic vision if you want to deal with any environmental, social, political or an economic issue.

delhi Updated: May 20, 2010 01:32 IST

A courseprofile of BA (H) Geography.

Geography as a discipline is an interesting and useful course dwelling on natural attributes, human dimensions and interrelations between both that is nature and man. The subject along with theoretical aspects also deals with applications and practical work. It instills in you the holistic vision if you want to deal with any environmental, social, political or an economic issue.

In the present times the importance of the course is so high that all spatial concerns and the related solutions are addressed within different branches of study. Importance of mapping, data, varied scales, projections and resolutions are well addressed in the course.

The field work driven geography also has a blend of modern day tools and technologies in the geospatial arena that is, photogrammatery, remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS). Thematic atlas preparation further adds value in conceptualising and analysing the space. Theoretical foundation and understanding of space at different levels is best laid in this course.

The curriculum is well structured in three years. There is a blend of theoretical and practical work and also in all three years, the physical aspects are well balanced through the inclusion of papers from human geography.

In the first year there are foundation papers that include geomorphology, climatology, population and cartography. All these papers strengthen the basic concepts of nature and sensitises the students towards the diverse topography and landscape. Importance of accuracy and aesthetics in cartography is stressed in the practical work.

The second year takes you to different realms of natural resources and their relationship with population and settlements. It enhances the quantitative aptitude through a paper on statistics. Field work, report writing and preparation of thematic atlas are all part of the second year practical.

The third year allows you to select two optional papers along with three compulsory theory papers including environment, geographical thought and South Asia. The practical paper introduces you to contemporary geospatial tools and technologies. Use of satellite imageries, aerial photographs and GIS software definitely widens your skill in capturing, analysing, visualising and displaying spatial and attribute data.

All students with an aptitude for graphics, drawing, etc., too do well in the subject.