How we conceptualize land and how land is used involves aspects of economy, environment, and society in a historical context. Interaction between these various elements leads to patterns of land use and land use change that occur in a particular legal framework. This course will review the relationship of people to the land and how technological advances, expanding populations, and economic systems have put increasing pressure on lean resources and have created a variety of complex land use dilemmas, which affect people at all levels of society. Rural to urban migration, energy-consumptive settlement patterns, urban sprawl, private land ownership and control, and federal, state, and local land use regulations will be studied. The spatial approach of land and the interaction of the physical and cultural environment in the decision-making process will be emphasized. Most course material is available through SU’s D2L platform (access via but you can download a recent Geo 244 Syllabus.