Geography 3000y --Field Methods & Practices
   (aka "Field Camp")

This full year, half-course involves a one-week, field work intensive excursion to an unfamiliar location away from the Western University campus. Field work—real world, on-site observations, data collection, problem solving, team work, technical skills development and application—is at the core of geographical research: it is an essential educational experience.
All field camps stress the importance of preparation prior to departure, the practice of geography in the field, and the completion of one or more assignments in the field and after returning to Western.

Student testimonials

"Best course in university"
"I learned so much more than I would have in a classroom"
"Our field work expeditions were the highlight of my academic experience"

Tentative Departure/Return Dates for Fall 2015

  • Geog 3000Y, Montreal: Sunday, September 27th - Friday, October 2nd
  • Geog 3000Y, Ontario: Sunday, September 27th - Friday, October 2nd
  • Geog 3000Y, Kentucky: Saturday, September 26th - Friday, October 2nd

Information Meeting: Wednesday April 1st at 4:30 in UCC 61

Course educational, social and skills objectives

  • facilitate experiential learning
  • experience 'real', hands-on field research skills
  • encourage responsibility for independent learning
  • develop analytical, interpretative, observation and critical skills
  • practice technical skills in mapping, sampling and GIS
  • way finding in unknown environments
  • experience the initial process of creating new knowledge
  • identify real world problems and practical problem solving
  • practice organizational and time-management skills
  • practice reading, writing, presenting and creative thinking
  • develop a deeper respect for the complexities of the human/physical environment
  • develop personal and group skills
  • accomplish a unique set of challenges in an exceptional setting

Field Camp Sections for 2015

Sect. Destination Instructor Assistant Academic Focus
001 Montreal Dr. J. Hopkins TBA Urban Geography
002 Ontario Dr. M. Pazner TBA Geographic Techniques
003 Kentucky Dr. C. Smart TBA Physical Geography

Please direct enquiries to Angelica Lucaci, the Undergraduate Program Advisor


Phone: 519-661-2111 Ext. 86052.