Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use


Unit 7: Cities and Urban Land Use


Course Goal:

Recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships among patterns and processes and characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places.



Development and nature of cities

When and why did people start living in cities? What role do cities play in globalization?




Models of urban cities

Where are cities located and why?

Central place theory, Gravity model, Rank-Size rule

Models of internal city structure and organization

How are cities organized and how do they function?

Concentric zone model (Burgess), Sector model (Hoyt), Multiple-nuclei model (Harris and Ullman)

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Changing economic, demographic, and social characteristics of cities Urban development

Human-created environment and social space

How do people shape cities?

Text Readings:

Human Geography: People, Place and Culture; Chapter 9 (288-329) AP Human Geography: A Study Guide; Unit 7 (193-225)


Performance Event Students will complete a field study of Columbia, Missouri. They will then compare land use in Columbia with the urban models covered in class.

AP prep

Students will answer free responses questions and take a multiple choice test that covers AP Human Geography content.