GEOG 597i
Critical Geospatial Thinking and Applications


This lecture serves as a supplement to the materials provided in the assigned test. In order to fully benefit from this lesson, please read the textbook materials carefully. 

In order to effectively analyze and predict spatial patterns and human interactions in space and time, geographers develop analytical models. Some of these models are simple and some are very complex (requiring advanced mathematical skills). The purpose of such models is to make sense out of the extremely complex world in which we live. Successful participants in this lesson will be able to demonstrate a general working knowledge of the fundamental models used as tools of spatial analysis and predictors of human spatial behavior.

Lesson Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, the successful participant will be able to:

  • accurately explain the utility of modeling relative to spatial analysis;
  • demonstrate comprehension of the meaning of the concept of personality of place;
  • demonstrate comprehension of the meaning of the concept of sense of place;
  • describe the importance of regions as tools of spatial analysis;
  • demonstrate comprehension of the utility of quantitative models for purposes of spatial analysis;
  • describe the nature and results of the quantitative revolution in the discipline of geography; and
  • demonstrate comprehension of the nature of "agent-based" modeling.

What is due for Lesson 3?

This lesson will take one week to complete. Please refer to the Course Syllabus for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.

Lesson 3: Assignments
Requirements Lesson 3 Assignment Details
To Do Review all the Lesson 3 Material.
To Read Abler, Adams and Gould, Chapters 4-7; pp. 111-234.
Assignment Complete Assignments.


If you have any questions, please post them to our Questions? discussion forum (not e-mail), located in the Orientation and General Information Module in Canvas. I will check that discussion forum daily to respond. While you are there, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.