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Effective: Spring 2011
GEOG 10WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY4 Unit(s)

Advisory: Advisory: Demonstrated proficiency in English by placement as determined by score on the English placement test OR through an equivalent placement process OR completion of ESLL 25 & ESLL 249.
Grade Type: Letter Grade, the student may select Pass/No Pass
Not Repeatable.
FHGE: Social & Behavioral Sciences Transferable: CSU/UC
4 hours lecture. (48 hours total per quarter)

Student Learning Outcomes -
  • Use maps, graphs and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret data and draw valid conclusions
  • Apply major geographic themes and concepts to explain the origins and development of major nations and regions.
  • Compare and contrast major regions of the world with regard to their natural environments, peoples, natural resources, economies and contemporary problems.
Description -
Survey of the world's major culture regions and major nations. Physical, cultural, economic features. Emphasis on historical influences on population growth, transportation networks, natural environment, potential and problems. Location, importance and impact of the foremost features of countries, states, major cities, rivers and landform regions.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Use maps, graphs, and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret data and draw valid conclusions.
  2. Apply major geographic themes and concepts to explain the origins and development of major nations and regions.
  3. Compare and contrast major regions of the world with regard to their natural environments, peoples, natural resource, economies and contemporary problems.
Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
When taught as an online distance learning section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous Internet and Email access.

Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Use maps, graphs, and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret data, and draw valid conclusions.
    1. Utilize and explain the methodology through which Geographers examine the world.
    2. Discuss the importance of place
    3. Explain the interdependence of Geographic Scales
  2. Apply major geographic themes and concepts to explain the origins and development of major nations and regions.
    1. Define culture
    2. Identify cultural groups
    3. Evaluate case studies in terms of major geographic concepts such as regional complementarity, spatial diffusion and sequent occupance
    4. Discuss globalization and cultural change
    5. Describe landforms
    6. Explain climate regions and major climate processes
    7. Discuss the demographic transition model
  3. Compare and contrast major regions of the world with regard to their natural environments, peoples, natural resource, economies and contemporary problems.
    1. Characterize Europe
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. The British Isles
        2. Western Europe
        3. Nordic Europe
        4. Mediterranean Europe
        5. Eastern Europe
    2. Characterize Russia and Central Asia
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. The Russian Core
        2. The West
        3. The Transcaucasus
        4. The Muslim South
        5. The Eastern Frontier
        6. The Far East
        7. Siberia
    3. Characterize North America
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. Canada
        2. New England
        3. The Rust Belt
        4. The Great Plains
        5. The Pacific Northwest
        6. Southern California and the Southwest
    4. Characterize Central and South America
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. The Caribbean
        2. Mexico
        3. The Central American Republics
        4. South America
          1. The Caribbean North
          2. The Indian West
          3. The Mid-Latitude South
          4. Brazil
    5. Characterize North Africa/Southwest Asia
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. The Western Maghreb
        2. The Arabian Peninsula
        3. The Eastern Mediterranean
        4. The Northeast: Turkey, Iran & Iraq
        5. The African Transition Zone
    6. Characterize Sub-Saharan Africa
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. Western Africa
        2. Eastern Africa
        3. Equatorial Africa
        4. Southern Africa
    7. Characterize South Asia
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. India
        2. Bangladesh
        3. Pakistan & Afghanistan
        4. Sri Lanka
        5. The Mountainous North
    8. Characterize East Asia
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. Northern and Western China
        2. Central China
        3. Northeastern China
        4. Southern China
        5. Taiwan
        6. North and South Korea
        7. Japan
    9. Characterize Southeast Asia
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. Thailand and Burma
        2. Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos
        3. Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei
        4. Indonesia and the Philippines
    10. Characterize Oceania
      1. Geographic setting
      2. History and current geographic issues
      3. Subregions
        1. Australia and New Zealand
        2. Island nations of Oceania
Methods of Evaluation -
  1. Quizzes
  2. Papers and projects involving critical thinking and analytical oral and/or written skills including consideration of events and ideas from multiple perspectives
  3. Midterm(s) and final exam
Representative Text(s) -
Pulsipher and Pulsipher, World Regional Geography (with subregions) 4th ed. New York, W.H. Freeman and Company, 2008
Goode, John Paul, et al., eds. Goodes World Atlas. 22h ed., Rand McNally, 2009.

Disciplines -
Geography
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat.
 
Lab Content -
ot applicable.
 
Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
  1. Read assigned chapters in the text and answer end of chapter questions
  2. Papers and projects involving critical thinking and analytical oral and/or written skills including consideration of events and ideas from multiple perspectives utilizing tools relevant to the discipline such as maps and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)