Features and Benefits

With an innovative integration of visuals, text, active learning activities, and media, Contemporary Human Geography is a modular and highly graphical springboard into human geography—ideal for contemporary students. A modern integration of precise maps, informational illustrations, and vivid photographs propels students off the page and into a real-world visual and intellectual understanding of patterns and processes in human geography today.


Enhanced Organization The book has a clear, easy-to-use organization and outline. 

  • Each Chapter opens with an outline of the four Key Issues, and the key terms and places found in the chapter. Key Issues outline the main topics and big questions in human geography covered in the chapter.

  • Each two-page module begins with a Learning Objective that frames the main concept. Each of the pages within the module is also self-contained. Maps and photos appear next to where they are discussed. No more going through a chapter to find a figure that has been referenced on one page but actually appears on another. This approach is especially critical for reading the eText on a tablet or computer.

  • The final spread of each chapter reviews the main points, organized around the four Key Issues. The end-of-chapter material includes Key Terms, as well as numerous activities, including Thinking Geographically, GeoVideos, Geospatial Analysis, and Explore activities.


Analyze and Apply

  • The superlative cartographic program provides unparalleled clarity while adding novelty and excitement to tried-and-true, first-rate geographic analysis.

  • Research & Analyze activities have students explore data from authoritative and up-to-date online sources, responding to critical thinking questions based on the data.

  • What’s Your Geography? activities ask students to apply the skills and techniques of geographers to their personal experiences and local environments, helping to connect the relevance of human geography with everyday life.

  • Debate It! features present two sides of a complex human geography topic, encouraging students to engage in active debate and decision-making. Readers may find that they agree with one side of the debate, or they may find merits in both perspectives.


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