Basics of General Geography
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Maateaduse alused
Course title in English
Basics of General Geography
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
Teaching semester
Assessment form
lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Kaija Käärt (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
General subject. To provide the students with an understanding of the origin and development of the planet. Our location in space and the main characteristics of Earth.
Brief description of the course
The location of Earth in space and the solar system, the development and main parameters of planet Earth. Regularities in the geospherical concept. The detailed study of Earth geospheres: atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, pedosphere, biosphere - their definitions, characteristics and peculiarities. Interactions between the geospheres and their unity.
Independent work
Individual work with recommended literature.
Learning outcomes in the course
Knowledges about Earth systemical structure; the hierarchy of the system.
Ability to analyze individual parts of geosphere and their structure. Knowledge about the legitimacy of geosphere. Capability to understand the concept and wholeness of landscape sphere.

Assessment methods
Written tests.
Kaija Käärt, MSc
Replacement literature
Coenraads, R. R., Koivula, J. I. 2007. Imeline Maa. Entsüklopeedia; Arold, I., Raukas, A., Viiding, H. 1987. Geoloogia alused. Tallinn; Calder, N. 1983 Ilmaköök. Tallinn, Valgus; Masing, V. (koost.) 1992 Ökoloogialeksikon. Tallinn "Eesti entsüklopeediakirjastus". 320; Masing, V. (koost.) 1979 Botaanika III osa. Taimeökoloogia, taimegeograafia, geobotaanika. Tln; Lossev, K. 1989 Kliima eile, täna, homme. Tallinn, Valgus; Astover, A., Kõlli, R., Roostalu, H., Reintam, E., Leedu, E. 2012. Mullateadus; Clapham, W.B. Jr. 1983 Natural ecosystems. Second edition. New-York; Eesti Loodus (koost A. Raukas). 1995. Tallinn: Eesti Entsüklopeediakirjastus. 606 lk. (valitud peatükid).