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World Regional Geography - 1st year


Provides a survey of the world’s major cultural regions. These regions will be examined in relation to various geographic aspects of contemporary economic, social and political conditions.




Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical, social and environmental processes that have shaped the world’s major cultural regions;

2. Compare and contrast human societies that have evolved under differing historical, cultural and environmental forces;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of major world regions, states and cultural/physical features;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply elementary geographic theory and scientific methodology to the study of the world’s regions;

5. Analyze problems within the framework of the course using appropriate geographic methods and tools and communicate this knowledge in written form.

Topics:

Course topics will include the following:

1. Natural Environment

2. Human Society

3. Sub-Saharan Africa

4. North Africa/Southwest Asia

5. Europe

6. North Asia

7. South Asia

8. China

9. Southeast Asia

10. Oceania

11. Latin America

12. North America

13. Japan

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Class Discussion


Types of Assignments:

1. Course Readings

2. Discussion

3. Research paper


Sample Text:

1. Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development L. Rowntree, M. Lewis, W. Wyckoff, M. Price. Prentice Hall 2000.

2. Geography: Regions, Realms, and Concepts by H.J. Deblij and Peter O. Muller