GETh 307: Bangladesh: Human Geography and Environment

Course IDCourse NameInstructorRoom NumberTime
GETh 307Bangladesh: Human Geography and EnvironmentDr. A. Q. M. Mahbub23012:00-12:50 P.M. (Monday), 8:00-8:50 A.M. (Wednesday), 11:00-11:50 A.M. (Thursday)

1. Introduction:
      Scope and aspects of human geography
      Geopolitical emergence of Bangladesh (legacy of British and Pakistani rules, economic disparity, liberation war, geographical and Cultural differences.), Importance of this course

2. Geographic Study of Population and Settlement:
      Population distribution and dynamics (fertility, mortality, migration)
      Population density and growth
      Urban and rural settlements of Bangladesh (settlement types, forms, hierarchies, and rural market centers)

3. Geographic Study of Major Economic Activities:
      Primary activities (agriculture, fisheries, forestry, livestock and mining)
      Secondary activities (large, medium, small and cottage industries)
      Tertiary activities (trade, business and services like transport & communication, health, education etc.)

4. Major Challenges and Issues of Sustainable Development:
      (1) Acute population pressure and its impacts
      (2) Skewed distribution of resources and income
      (3) Gender disparity and inequality
      (4) Poverty alleviation and addressing malnutrition
      (5) Linking development with urbanization and rural-urban linkage
      (6) Regional inequality and development
      (7) Increasing land carrying capacity through proper utilization of land and water resources
      (8) Addressing donors’ driven development
      (9) Human resource development inline with changing needs at home and in abroad
      (10) Developing disaster and environment friendly physical infrastructure
      (11) Protecting life, property and biodiversity from natural and man-made hazards
      (12) Strengthening regional and global collaborations, interactions and networking through dynamic leadership.

5. Opportunities and Challenges of Globalization:
      Geographic and demographic options and challenges
      Strengthening human resource development and exporting man-power
      Expanding commodity (both goods and services) exports.

Suggested Readings:

  • ADB (1990) Bangladesh Environmental & National Resources Management:A Sectoral Review, Manila.
  • Ahmad, Q.K., Ahmad, N, and Rasheed, K.B.S. (eds) (1994) Resources, Environment and Development in Bangladesh. Dhaka: Academic Publishers.
  • Asiatic Society of Bangladesh, Banglapedia, Dhaka
  • Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Bangladesh Population Census Reports.
  • Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Bangladesh Census of Agriculture and Livestock.
  • Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Statistical Yearbook of Bangladesh, Published annually by (BBS).
  • Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (1994), Wetlands of Bangladesh, Dhaka.
  • Brammer, Hugh 2012), The Physical Geography of Bangladesh, UPL, Dhaka
  • Brammer, Hugh, Land use and Land Use Planning in Bangladesh, UPL, Dhaka
  • Brammer, Hugh, Agricultural Development Possibilities in Bangladesh, UPL, Dhaka
  • GOB, Five Year Plans, by Planning Commission.
  • Haroun-er-Rashid: 1995: Geography of Bangladesh, UOL, Dhaka.
  • Islam M.A. 1995: Environment; Land use and Natural Hazards in Bangladesh, University of Dhaka.
  • Islam, Nazrul Dhaka from City to Mega City: Perspectives on People, Places, Planning and Development Issues, USP, Department of Geography, DU.
  • Islam, Nazrul and Ahsan, Rosie Majid eds. Urban Bangladesh: Geographical Studies, USP, Department of Geography, Dhaka University.
  • Nishat, A. Water Resources, Flood Control, National Conservation Strategy Report, IUCN/GOB, Dhaka.
  • Rahman A. Atiq et al. Environment and Development in Bangladesh Vol.1-2, UPL Dhaka.
  • Rasheed, KB Sajjadur (2008), Bangladesh: Resource and Environmental Profile, AH Development Publishing House, Dhaka.
  • Rasheed, KB Sajjadur (2008), Water Resources Management with Examples from Bangladesh, AH Development Publishing House, Dhaka.
  • University Press Limited, Report of the Task Forces on Bangladesh Development Strategies for the 1990’s Vol. 1-4, UPL, Dhaka.
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