Field Methods

Green River, Kentucky

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.

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

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"

Field Trips Offered in 2022-2023

  • Geog 3000Y Field Methods and Practices, section 001 - Montreal
  • Geog 3000Y Field Methods and Practices, section 002 - Southern Ontario

Mandatory Meetings Fall 2022

  • Geog 3000Y, section 001 - Montreal 
    • Wednesday September 14th, 12:30-1:30, SSC 1302
    • Friday October 21st, 11:30-1:30, SSC 1302
    • Friday November 11th, 11:30-1:30, SSC 1302
  • Geog 3000Y, section 002 - Southern Ontario
    • Monday September 12th, 3:30-4:30, SSC 2322E
    • Tuesday October 4th, 8:30-10:20, SSC 2322E
    • Tuesday October 18th, 8:30-10:20, SSC 2322E
    • Tuesday November 29th, 8:30-10:20, SSC 2322E

Tentative Departure/Return Dates for 2022-2023

  • Geog 3000Y, section 001, Montreal: Monday, September 26th - Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Geog 3000Y, section 002, Southern Ontario: Sunday, September 25th - Friday, September 30, 2022

Field Camp Sections for 2022

Course Destination Instructor Assistant Academic Focus
Geog 3000Y, 001 Montreal Dr. J. Hopkins TBA Urban Geography
Geog 3000Y, 002 Southern Ontario Dr. D. Goldblum TBA Forest Geography

Please direct inquiries to Angelica Lucaci, the Undergraduate Program Advisor