Department of Geography

 

Vision

Preparation of  informed and responsible citizens through innovative, engaged and relevant teaching and lead the integration of natural, social, and information sciences to understand and solve problems of people and the environment.

Mission

1. To stimulate and promote excellence in geographic scholarship
2. Commitment to undergraduate students to provide a learning environment that fosters knowledge, skills and experiences that prepare them for life in an ever-changing world, and engages, inspires and challenges them to become informed l citizens;
3. To inspire, prepare, and empower students to render service to the community by disseminating geographic knowledge and by providing geographic insights on important societal issues.

Course Objective, Outcome and Teaching Methods

Geotectonic DSC 01

Course Objective

1. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of earth’s tectonic and structural evolution with reference to Geological time Scale.
2. To study and understand the Earth’s interior structure and theories associated with it.
3. Exhibit the knowledge about the Earth movements and its types.
4. To study the resultant landforms associated with earth movements.

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge of basic concepts in Geotectonic
2. Explain the changes in landforms through the understanding of the geomorphic processes operating on the earth.
3. Describe the dynamics of the earth movements.
4. The students will be able to identify the various landforms.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Class Group Discussions.
3. Usage of ICT for effective teaching.

 

Practical DSC01

Course Objective

1. To make student familiar with basic measurement techniques through scales.
2. To have overall idea of Map projections

Teaching Outcome

1. Students become clear with map scale and its actual ground representation.
2. Different types of maps based on its shape and size can be understood

Teaching Methods

Practical use of different measuring instruments like scale, compass and field instruments.

 

Geomorphology DSC02

Course Objective

1. Objective of this course is to make students familiar with the natural forces that acts on the surface features, processes that operates and the landforms that are created on the surface.
2. Landforms created by the action of wind, glacier, river and sea waves are thoroughly discussed.

Teaching Outcome

1. This course makes the student familiar to their discipline i.e., Geography.
2. Students are able to identify the processes that results in formation of different landforms and can relate the landscape of a region with regard to different forces that has acted upon it.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Class Group Discussions.
3. Usage of ICT for effective understanding of landscape and the operating processes.

 

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Course Objective

1. To make use of topographical Maps and its application.
2. To help students identify different types of rocks and minerals.

Teaching Outcome

  1. By the end of the course students can make use of topographical maps of any region of the world and can understand the surface feature of the given map.
    2. Student can identify the given rock samples based on its colour, texture and can even describe its compositional characteristics.

Teaching Methods

Practical through demonstration and fieldwork.

Human Geography DSC 03

Course Objective

1. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the relationship of man and environment.
2. To understand the major themes of Human geography
3. To study space and society of mankind.
4. To enable students to identify the cultural regions of the world and distribution of race, religion and language.
5. To understand the population composition and to study population growth and distribution of the world.

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the knowledge of man-environment Relationship in the light of the role of man as active and passive agent.
2. Understand population in terms of their quality and spatial distribution pattern and the prospect and problems of population growth and how human activity is changing the cultural and physical landscape through the understanding of settlement patterns.
3. Describe human capability to respond to his environment and how man adapts and modifies the environment under its varied condition.
4. Understand how spatial variation arises due to variation in space and how human population reacts differently to the environment.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Class Group Discussions.
3. Usage of ICT for effective teaching.

 

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Course Objective

1. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of usage of various diagrammatic data presentations.
2. To acquaint the students with the Thematic Mapping Techniques and to understand the properties, uses and limitations of Thematic Maps.

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate the technique representing data by adopting thematic mapping techniques.
2. The students will be able to represent the data using various diagrammatic data presentations, such as line, bar and circle.
3. Students will understand general demographic principles and their patterns at regional and global scales.

Teaching Methods

Practical Demonstration.

 

Settlement Geography

Course Objective

1. Build an idea about urban and rural settlements, and its relationship with environment and also different theories related to settlement geography.
2. Know about classification and morphology of settlements.
3. Understand the trends and patterns of world urbanization.

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the students will be able to:
1. Enhance the knowledge about the historical development, patterns, types and functional systems of settlements.
2. Understand the essential components and classification of settlements.
3. Analyze the morphology of urban and rural settlements.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Demonstration using various sets data and base map.

 

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Course Objective

1. To make students well acquainted with scientific instruments making use of Dumpy Level, Prismatic Compass, Transit Theodolite etc.
2. To have idea about the geological arrangement of different layers of surface features through geological maps.

Teaching Outcome

1. Students become very used to practical use of measuring the height of the objects through transit Theodolite, level the surface using Dumpy level and make use of Prismatic compass for closed traverse.
2. Understand the layers of lithological arrangements of earth’s surface features.

Teaching Methods

Practical use of surveying instruments and field demonstration.

Climatology DSC 05

Course Objective

1. The objective of the course is to make students aware of Climate system of the Earth ad its distribution across the globe.
2. Make students familiar with the global distribution of temperature and rainfall.
3. To understand the nature and distribution of vegetation in relation to the climatic condition across the world.

Teaching Outcome

1. Students are able to understand the general climatic system of the earth and distribution of different flora and fauna in relation to prevailing climatic conditions.
2. Students are able to understand the origin. Mechanism and distribution of Indian Monsoon.

Teaching Methods

Lecture method to make the topics clear.
Audio Visual Aid to make the topics more interesting.

 

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Course Objective

1. To help students make use of Metrological Instruments like Hygrometer, Max-Min Thermometer, Fortin’s Barometer etc. and record the daily weather phenomena.
2. Make use of Indian Daily Weather Maps and be familiar with its representation and interpretation.

Teaching Outcome

1. By the end of the course students are able to make use of instruments that can help them record weather conditions and have idea about weather forecasting in general.
2. Students can easily work with the weather report maps that are generated by Indian Meteorological Department (IMD).

Teaching Methods

Practical use of all the instruments and analysis of the reports.

 

Statistical Methods in Geography DSC 06

Course Objective

1. To make the students aware of Quantitative tools and techniques.
2. Make the students more familiar with quantitative data and make use of it in understanding the problems of the real world.
3. To help students make use of data for the research through quantitative techniques.

Teaching Outcome

1. Students are able to make use of random numbers, tabulate them and can work with it.
2. Arrangement of data and its analysis make students ability to interpret the quantitative phenomena.
3. Students can make use of quantitative figures and can help them analyze any given set of data.

Teaching Methods

1. Lecture to discuss on the data.
2. Tabulation and its representation through demonstration.

 

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Course Objective

1. To help understand Measure of central tendencies, measure of Dispersion.
2. To make use of Rank correlation, Regression and degree of association of different variables

Teaching Outcome

1. Students can easily have an idea about the mean, median and mode of given set of information. Can calculate the measure of standard deviation for the give set of data.
2. Students can identify the degree of association of two or more variables and can identify the nature and characteristics of the variables.

Teaching Methods

Demonstration, teaching.

 

Geography of India DSC 7

Course Objective

1. To understand and introduce the main physiographic divisions of India in terms of both their uniqueness and similarities.
2. To understand historical, economic, cultural, social and physical characteristics of India.
3. Students will learn about the various mechanisms of Indian climate and monsoon and their distributional pattern.
4. Students will be introduced to demographic, social and cultural attributes such as migration, social relations and cultural identity

Teaching Outcome

1. At the completion of the course the will be able to:
2. Identify natural regions of India based on physical environment and understand the regional variation due to differences in physical environment.
3. Explain the variation of climate and mechanism of Indian monsoon.
4. Understand population of India in terms of their quality and spatial distribution pattern and the prospect and problems of population growth.
5. Explain how economic activities in India are determined by both the physical as well as human environment.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Class Group Discussions.
3. Usage of ICT for effective teaching.

 

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Course Objective

1. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding for the student on statistical concepts to include measurements of Arithmetic growth rate.
2. To understand how to calculate and apply measures of inequality.
3. To enable students to demonstrate temperature and rainfall data through monthly graphs

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts of measures of inequality and statistics.
2. Show proficiency in basic statistical skills embedded in their courses.
3. Students shall know how to organize, manage, and present data.
4. Demonstrate ability to write reports of the results of statistical data

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Demonstration using various sets data.
3. Interpreting the result.

 

Rural Development SEC 1

Course Objective

1. To Understand rural space and major problems encountered by the rural population
2. To understand the major schemes that are government has undertaken to improve the rural problems.
3. The main objective of the course is to understand State society relationship in relation to development

Teaching Outcome

1. Students are able to understand the major governmental schemes available for the rural population.
2. Course makes student to have idea about Panchayati Raj System and rural governance in India.

Teaching Methods

1. Lecture method
2. Class Group Discussions.
3. Usage of ICT for effective teaching

Economic Geography DSC04

Course Objective

1. The Objective of this course is to provide an introduction to the ways in which economic activities are organized over the earth’s surface.
2. Gain knowledge about different types of primary activities, secondary activities and tertiary activities.
3. To study the economic processes operating at different geographical scales are depending on the complex economicpolitical-social interactions that are framed at the global level.

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept, principles and theories in the field of economic geography.
2. Explain the relationship between the environment and human activities in primary sector of the economy.
3. Acquaint themselves with the factors that led to the establishment and development of Secondary Activities.
4. Evaluate the level of interactions between man and his environment in Tertiary sector.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Class group discussions.
3. Use of maps as visual aids.
4. Usage of ICT for effective teaching.

 

Economic Geography Practical DSC04

Course Objective

1. The Objective of this course is to make the students acquainted to transport network analysis.
2. To learn about the network analysis of connectivity and Accessibility through various network Indices.
3. Gain knowledge about representation of state wise variation in occupational structure and work participation rate using proportional circles and proportional divided circles and also composite index.

Teaching Outcome

At the completion of the course the students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the concept, principles of transport network analysis.
2. Identify, calculate, evaluate and interpret the network connectivity using network indices such as-alpha, beta, gamma, eta and theta index.
3. Calculate and analyze the network accessibility using detour index and interpret the results.
4. Represent the data of occupational structure and work participation rate using proportional circles and proportional divided circles.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Demonstration using various sets data and maps.
3. Usage of Rotameter for measuring network distance on maps etc.

 

Regional Planning and Development DSC09

Course Objective

1. The objective of this course is to make the students of Geography familiar with the types of region and to understand the role of planning in making use of resources for development.
2. To make the subject relevant to the course and the role of geographers in classifying the regions.

Teaching Outcome

1. Student become clear with the types of region in India and understand the role of regionalization in making best use of resources through planning.
2. Students understand the differential development owing to is resource distribution and level of inequality among different regional groups.

Teaching Methods

The teaching methods involved:
1. Lecture method
2. Class group discussions.
3. Use of maps as visual aids. Usage of ICT for effective teaching.

 

Fieldwork and Research Methodology DSC10

Course Objective

1. The objective of the course is to make students have basic knowledge of research and have idea of data collection.
2. Make student aware of research and its importance. Besides this the objective of the course is also to make student have idea of writing a research paper through fieldwork and data collection.

Teaching Outcome

1. Students are able to have the idea of research and its importance.
2. The Students are able to collect primary data, tabulate and analyze it.

Teaching Methods

1. Classroom Teaching
2. Fieldwork and data collection

 

Tourism Management

Course Objective

1. To enhance the skill of managing the tourism so as to get absorbed in tourism industry.
2. To have general idea about the tourism industry and its potential in Himalayan region.

Teaching Outcome

1. Students are able to understand the role of tourism in geography and its forms based on location and purpose.
2. Potential of Indian tourism in generating revenue through tourism industry.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Discussion.

DSC11 Environmental Geography

Course Objective

1. To make student aware the linkages between Geography and the physical environment.
2. To Understand changing Human Nature relationship over time and space
3. To understand major Environmental programmes and policies that has been framed to protect the environment for Sustainable outcomes.

Teaching Outcome

1. Students are able to understand the subject and its close association with the environment.
2. Human nature relationship that forms the base of geographical study is clearly understood through the course.

Teaching Methods

1. Classroom teaching with field visit.
2. Use of ICT for knowing the global Environmental concerns.

 

Practical DSC11

Course Objective

1. To understand the ground reality of major environmental problems.
2. The main objective of the practical is not just limiting the course to classroom teaching but also to have exposure to the field.

Teaching Outcome

Students are able to understand the major environmental issue more clearly

Teaching Methods

Field Visits and report preparation

 

DSC12 Remote Sensing and GIS

Course Objective

1. Making the students technically sound with the modern techniques of Cartography.
2. To make the students easily absorbed in the competitive digital world.
3. Making the students familiar with the modern tools and techniques of representing the facts and figures in computerized systems.

Teaching Outcome

By the end of the course students become well acquainted with the theories that would help them to develop their art of cartography with modern technologies.

Teaching Methods

1. Lecture for the theory portions.
2. Lecture on different software for preparing maps.

 

Practical

Course Objective

1. To help student make use of Open source software for Map making.
2. To develop the interest among the students in the field of Cartography

Teaching Outcome

1. By the end of the course students become well acquainted with the software (QGIS)
2. Students can easily draw the map of their own of any location of the earth’s surface more accurately

Teaching Methods

Use of software (QGIS) for preparing maps.

 

Population Geography DSE5-01

Course Objective

1. To understand the growth and distribution of world population.
2. To have idea about different theories of population growth.
3. To make students aware of different elements of population change.
4. To understand the geography and its role in studying population phenomena.

Teaching Outcome

1. By the end of the course students become familiar with population and its components.
2. Students can have an overall idea of population and resources relationship.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Demonstration.

 

Practical

Course Objective

1. To make students understand the practical application of population change through statistical techniques.
2. Have an idea of mapping the population based on the nature of distribution and density

Teaching Outcome

1. Students can easily calculate the figures and mapping can be done.
2. Can easily work with population projection and relate with its impact.

Teaching Methods

Practical classes and Demonstrations.

 

Urban Geography DSE5-02

Course Objective

1. To make students have overall idea of phenomena of Urbanization that has been taking place at rapid pace.
2. To Understand the pattern of urbanization across the world.
3. To understand cities, their origin and development including its function.
4. To make the student aware of major Urban problems and the role of Geographers in minimizing the impact.

Teaching Outcome

1. Student can understand the trend and pattern of urbanization and the problems associated with it.
2. Can link with the role of planning processes and its importance for making the world a better place to live.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Discussion.

 

Practical

Course Objective

1. To calculate and understand Temporal Analysis and Growth of Urban population.
2. To be familiar with the Census data and its tabulation and analysis.
3. To understand the variation in population through numerical figures.

Teaching Outcome

By the end of the course students can easily work out with Data available on census reports, and can work on different issues of census reports.

Teaching Methods

Practical through classroom teaching and Demonstration.

Evolution of Geographical Thoughts DSC13

Course Objective

1. To make students aware of the development of Geographical ideas in the past.
2. To understand the contribution made by different geographers and their inclination in understand the problem.
3. To understand the role of time and space in shaping the geography and its content.
4. To be familiar with Major geographical theories and debates

Teaching Outcome

By the end of the course, students are able to have the overall past history of geography and draw conclusion how and why the subject appears to be of present shape.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Discussion.

 

Practical

Course Objective

To develop the quantitative techniques of ranking, providing score and other tools for representing the data.

Teaching Outcome

Student become familiar with ranking coefficient, Chi square, standard score etc.

Teaching Methods

Practical classes and Demonstration.

 

DSC14 Disaster Management

Course Objective

1. Keeping in mind the location of North Bengal at the foothills and its vulnerability and exposure to different forms of Disaster, the paper makes greater emphasis on disaster and its forms in the region.
2. To have idea about Different factors and management of disasters like earthquake, landslide, floods, riverbank erosion etc are studied in detailed.
3. To make students aware of human induced disaster and the ways it can be minimized.

Teaching Outcome

1. By the end of the course students can have overall idea about the disaster and its impact on society.
2. Have an idea about disaster preparedness and mitigation strategies.

Teaching Methods

1. Lecture and discussion
2. Field Visit

 

Practical

Course Objective

To make student aware of preparing the report on any form of disaster from Geographical perspective

Teaching Outcome

Students can map the disaster, and understand the level of vulnerability.

Teaching Methods

Filed Visit and report preparation.

 

DSE-6-03 Political Geography

Course Objective

1. To make students familiar with different political theories.
2. Have an idea about the Concept of Nation and State.
3. To understand the Conflicts on resources due to variation in its distribution
4. To have an idea how the differences in geographical distribution of different resources create larger problems.

Teaching Outcome

By the end of the courses, students become very clear with major political theories and how the conflict over resources develop.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Discussion

 

Practical

Course Objective

1. To develop the techniques of Mapping the spatial distribution of resources.
2. Help Preparing of maps based on differences in gender, age, caste and religion.
3. Understand the social dimension through Maps.

Teaching Outcome

Students can have overall idea on preparing maps for micro elements and analyze the problems.

Teaching Methods

Practical and Demonstrations.

 

Social Geography DSE-6-04

Course Objective

1.To develop the idea about the society and the way geographers’ cam deal with the social issues.
2. To make student of geography familiar with the major problems of Indian society.
3. To understand the problems of Social Exclusion and issue of geographies of welfare and wellbeing.

Teaching Outcome

Students of Geography can view their discipline from social perspective and the ways in which it can be resolved through planning.

Teaching Methods

Lecture and Demonstration

 

Practical

Course Objective

To Develop the idea of representing the problem through graphical techniques and data collection.

Teaching Outcome

By the end of the course students are able to understand the make application of data and are able to graphically represent it

Teaching Methods

Practical Classes and Demonstration.

Faculty

Sonada Campus


Siliguri campus


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Srijana Sinha
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Bipul Chhetri
HOD

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Tannistha Saha
Guest Faculty

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Shantanu Paul
Assistant Professor

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Manasi Debnath
Assistant Professor

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Bhawana Khati
Assistant Professor