British Columbia in a Global Context

Geography Open Textbook Collective

This first year Geography textbook takes a holistic approach to Geography by incorporating elements of physical, human and regional geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from spatial information science.. This textbook applies a fundamental geographical approach to understanding our globally changing world by looking at local processes which are linked to larger global processes and events. The textbook includes numerous case studies specific to British Columbia as well as a number of suggested service learning activities.


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Book Description

Over the course of four days in June, 2014, 5 faculty members from across British Columbia supported by a facilitator, librarian, researcher, illustrator, programmer and instructional designer, created this book. This involved drawing on our own research, teaching and experience and working with the team to put it all together into an online format; one which would be accessible to students and educators alike.

Beyond the unique way in which this book was created in a Book Sprint process, there are other elements of this book that make it unique. First, it takes a holistic approach to first year Geography, incorporating elements of Physical, Human, and Regional Geography, as well as bringing in methods and perspectives from Spatial Information Science.

Pedagogically, this book incorporates elements of service learning and suggested service learning activities recognizing that the study of Geography is deeply connected to the communities we live in. Many of the suggestions for service learning are illustrated through the use of case studies from across BC.

The book is aimed at a a first year or introductory Geography student, and would be suitable for a first year Geography course on BC.


Unless otherwise noted, this book is released under a  Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license  also known as a CC BY license. This means you are free to copy, redistribute, modify or adapt this book. Under this license, anyone who redistributes or modifies this textbook, in whole or in part, can do so for free providing they properly attribute the book as follows:

British Columbia in a Global Context by the Geography Open Textbook Collective is used under a CC BY 4.0 International license.

Additionally, if you redistribute this textbook, in whole or in part, in either a print or digital format, then you must retain on every physical and/or electronic page the following attribution:

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If you use this textbook as a bibliographic reference, then you can cite the book as follows:

Geography Open Textbook Collective. (2014). British Columbia in a Global Context. Vancouver, British Columbia: BCcampus. Retrieved from

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Cover image montage: Pitt River Bridge View by James Wheeler used under Creative Commons license, Natives making a canoe from a tree trunk at Mission, British Columbia, circa 1900 by BiblioArchives used under Creative Commons license, Heisholt Lake by David Stanley used under CC-BY 2.0 license,  and Skybridge, British Columbia by Troy Wason and used under CC-BY 2.0 license

About the Authors

This book was written by the British Columbia Geography Open Textbook Collective