GEOG 130: World Geography
Instructors: Jay D. Gatrell, Ph.D Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Homepage: http://mama.indstate.edu/users/gejdg/ Phone: x2256 or x2713
Office Hours: M-Th 7:30-9AM 262HH & 159L Science (by appt)
National Geographic Society (NGS). 5 Themes of Geography. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/resources/ngo/education/themes.html
Geog 130. World Geography Lecture Notes/PowerPoint Slides. http://mama.indstate.edu/users/gejdg/wr.htm
Bradshaw et al. 2004. Contemporary World Regional Geography. McGraw-Hill. (read chapters that correspond to lecture regions).
The purpose of this course is to examine basic geographic concepts in a regional context. Furthermore, this course will apply a geographic perspective to the study of development issues at global scale.
GEOG130 is a general education course and meets the requirements for Multicultural Studies-International Cultures (MCS:IC) requirements for GE2000. The course also meets similar E3 requirements for GE89.
1. Students are responsible for all lecture and assigned text materials.
2. There will be 5 equally weighted exams. The final exam is not cumulative. Make-ups will occur only in EXTREME and DOCUMENTED circumstances.
3. Attendance “Counts”.
4. The grading scale is as follows:
5. Students are responsible for maintaining academic integrity.
5 Exams will be given. Each exam will be multiple choice and T/F. The exams will be based on both lecture and text based materials. The instructor will drop the lowest exam grade. PLEASE NOTE--ONLY ONE (1) EXAM GRADE CAN BE DROPPED. STUDENTS MUST TAKE ALL EXAMS. These exams will be comprised of multiple choice, T/F, and fill in the blank questions.
Attendance/Group Participation Policy (5x2=10) [EXTRA CREDIT]
A participation grade will be awarded based on random attendance. Attendance will be taken randomly 6 times throughout the semester. The purpose of this policy is to encourage attendance. STUDENTS MAY MISS ONE (1) RANDOM ATTENDANCE WITHOUT PENALTY. EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE ONLY IN EXTREME & DOCUMENTED CASES.
ISU is committed to the ideals and principles of social justice. I agree with that commitment and expect to maintain a positive learning environment based upon open communication, mutual respect, and non-discrimination. ISU does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, color, or national origin. Any suggestions as to how to further a positive learning environment within the ISU community in this class will be greatly appreciated and given the utmost consideration.
Additionally, if you have any special needs please do not hesitate to bring those needs to my attention.
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SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Week1 Introduction CH 1-2
The Nature of Geography
-What is geography? What do Geographers Do?
-ISU Geography Program
-Pattison’s 4 Traditions & 5 Themes (see NGS website)
-Major World Regions
-Landscapes (rural, urban)
Week 2 Geography Basics CH 1-2
-Location, Direction, Scale, and Distance
-Maps, GIS, & Remote Sensing
-The 3-Ds: Distribution, Density, and Diffusion
-Malthus & Demographic Transition
-Differentiating Climate and Weather
-Physiography, Topography, and Plate Tectonics
-Natural Hazards and Resources & Vulnerability Issues
Week 3 EXAM 1 (45 Minutes) Sept 10
New Global Order CH 12
-Traditional Divisions: E/W, N/S, Occident/Orient
-Cold War Divisions: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Worlds
-Post-Cold War: Magnified Core Periphery Relationships
Week 4 Africa South of the Sahara CH 9
-Tribal and Religious Cultures
Week 5/6 EXAM 2 (45 Minutes) Sept 22
North Africa and Southwest Asia Part 1 CH 8
-In the middle
-Religion and Language
-The Nile Valley
Week 6/7 North Africa & Southwest Asia Part 2
-Arab SW Asia
-Israel, Gaza, and WB
Week 7/8 Southern Asia CH7
-Periphery with some promise
Week 9/10 EXAM 3 (45 Minutes) OCT 18
Eastern Asia CH5
-From periphery to core
-Internal and External Cultural Influences
-Countries of China’s Buffer Zone
NO CLASS OCT 20 & OCT22
Week 11 Eastern Europe CH 3, 4
-Countries in transition
Week 12 EXAM 4 (45 Minutes) November 8
Latin America Part 1 CH 10
-From periphery to semi-periphery
-ROSA (Rest of South America) Overview
Week 12/13 Core Regions
-W. Europe CH 3
Week 13/14 Core Region
-Anglo-America CH 11
Week 15 Core Region
Final Exam Week EXAM 5