In this introductory course, the student will first review the basic theories of the discipline of geography, the relationship of world population and resources and the factors affecting development. Next, the student will survey the major regions of the world to identify each region's distinguishing geographic characteristics, summarize its past development and explain the key issues affecting the region's future development. 3 hrs. lecture/wk. Note: An honors contract is available. Contact the Honors Program Office, COM 201, for more information.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Identify the nations of the world’s regions and the major physiographic features of each region.
- Read maps and graphs of various types.
- Recognize the discipline of geography as a methodology to describe the world, analyze interrelationships between physical and cultural phenomena and explain why resources are distributed over the Earth.
- Analyze world population, its historic growth and future projections of growth.
- Identify the physical and cultural components of the human environment.
- Contrast the characteristics of more developed and less developed nations.
- Analyze and evaluate the development of the eight geographic regions of the world in terms of the major aspects of their physical, political, economical, historical and cultural geography.
Content Outline and Competencies:
I. Basic Concepts and Ideas of World Regional Geography A. The discipline of geography 1. Describe the evolution of geography as a formal discipline. 2. Identify the subfields of geography. 3. Relate geography to other disciplines. 4. Explain the relationship between geographic factors and economic development. B. Relationship between population and resources 1. Trace the growth of the world’s population over the last 6,000 years. 2. Describe the distribution and density of the world’s population. 3. Explain the differences between the Malthusian, Neo-Malthusian and Technocratic Theories of the relationship between population growth and resources. 4. Define the resource concept. 5. Differentiate between fund and flow resources. 6. Explain how resources can be expanded and lost. C. Interrelationship between physical and cultural components of the human environment 1. List the three chief factors affecting the level of economic development in an area. 2. Describe the physical elements of an area: landforms, climates and natural resources. 3. Define culture. 4. Identify the primary and secondary culture hearths of the world. 5. Describe the impact of language, religion and political ideology on culture. 6. Describe the evolution of social and political organization. 7. Describe the levels of economic activity. 8. Discuss the economic organization of the society continuum from traditional to industrialized. 9. Describe the economic characteristics indicating a country’s level of modernization. 10. Explain the role of trade relationships in economic development. D. Economic development 1. Describe the three criteria used to classify the level of economic development in a country: per capita GNP, per capita consumption, of inanimate energy and percent of the labor force in primary activities. 2. Describe the two measures of development that consider both economic and cultural attributes: the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Gurder-Related Development Index (GDI). 3. Describe the economic and cultural characteristics of “more developed” and “less developed” regions. 4. Discuss the conflicting theories that attempt to explain differences in development of regions: cultural determinism, environmental determinism, mercantilism, dependency theory, neocolonialism, circular causation, Rostow’s Stages and the Lacostian View. 5. Identify the more developed and less developed regions of the world and explain their categorization. 6. Describe recent trends in Per Capita GNP, agricultural production and industrial productivity in more developed and less developed countries. II. Regional Geography of the More Developed Regions A. Anglo America: United States and Canada 1. Describe the bases for development of the region. 2. Trace the economic development of the region. 3. Identify the fundamental social, economic and political problems of the region. B. Western Europe. 1. Identify the locational and physical bases for development of the region. 2. Describe the culture of the region. 3. Trace the trends towards unity since World War II. 4. Describe the historic changes in population, industrialization, agriculture and urbanization. 5. Identify the nations comprising the European Union (EU) and summarize the key geographic characteristics of each. 6. Infer the future problems for the European Union. C. Eastern Europe, Russia and the Eurasian States of the former Soviet Union 1. Survey the primary political, physical, cultural and economic characteristics of the region. 2. Identify the natural vegetation, landforms and population distributions of the region. 3. Describe the economic geography of the region. D. Australia/New Zealand and Japan 1. Describe the geographical bases of development in Australia/New Zealand. 2. Explain the rise of Japan as an economic giant. 3. Identify the Rostow Stages in Japan’s development. 4. Examine methods for Japan to maintain its competitiveness into the future. III. Regional Geography of the Less Developed Regions A. Monsoon Asia: East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia 1. Describe the distinctive climate of this region, its causes and its effects. 2. Describe the region’s cultural geography including the major languages and religions. 3. Describe the impact of colonialism on the region. 4. Review the development indicators for Monsoon Asia. 5. Survey the cultural, political and economic development of Monsoon Asia. 6. Describe the population distribution of Monsoon Asia. 7. Examine the challenges to the region’s future. B. Middle East and North Africa 1. Survey the physical and cultural environments. 2. Contrast the economics of Egypt, Algeria and Turkey with Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. 3. Explain the diverse impacts of petroleum exploration and production on the Persian Gulf States. 4. Assess the region’s future. C. Africa South of the Sahara 1. Describe the physical geography of the four major subdivisions of the region: West, Central, East and South. 2. Survey the cultural heritage of the region including linguistic and religious diversity. 3. Identify the impacts of colonialism. 4. Describe the population distribution, diversity and growth rate in the region. 5. Identify the future outlook for the region. D. Latin America: Middle America, the Caribbean and South America 1. Explain the historical perspective for the cultural bases of the region and how these impact economic development. 2. Describe the current changes in the modernization of Latin America. 3. Identify the problems for development in Middle America and the Caribbean. 4. Survey the physical geography of South America. 5. Describe the population distribution and density of South America. 6. Describe the current stage of development and the potential for the future of each country in South America.
Method of Evaluation and Competencies:
Evaluation of student mastery of course competencies will be accomplished using the following methods:
Activities: Examinations: Students will take a minimum of four unit exams and one comprehensive final exam. Homework Assignments: Students will complete 13 assignments from Building Geographic Literacy. Summary/Response Papers: Students will complete two writing assignments covering all issues of current concern in a region under study. Class Participation: Students may earn five points per class through attendance and contribution to in-class discussions. Grading: All work is graded on a point system and computed into percentages. The final grade is based on the percentage of total points earned from all assignments. Grades on written assignments are based on complete, correct, concrete and clear writing as well as incorporation of the elements and characteristics of the formal Summary/Response. Grading Criteria Minimum Points Required A 900 ( 90%) B 800 ( 80%) C 700 ( 70%) D 600 ( 60%) F <600 (<60%) Point Summary: Activity % of Total Points Unit exams 40.0% of grade Final exam 10.0% of grade Homework 32.5% of grade Summary/response papers 10.0% of grade Class Participation 7.5% of grade Total 100%
- Computer Literacy Expectations: Students will need basic word processing and Internet searching skills for the completion of some papers, exercises and projects.
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