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Effective: Spring 2011
GEOG 5INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC 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
  • Examine how society organizes its economic activities over space at both a local, regional and global scale.
  • Compare and contrast economic development and prosperity as they relate to human geography and the distribution of natural resources.
Description -
Introduction to the geography of economic activity; the world wide distribution and characteristics of agriculture, forestry, fishing, mining, manufacturing, transportation, high technology and international trade.

Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Use maps, graphs and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to analyze and interpret data and derive valid conclusions.
  2. Examine how society organizes its economic activities over space at both a local, regional and global scale.
  3. Compare and contrast economic development and prosperity as they relate to human geography and the distribution of natural resources.
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 derive valid conclusions.
    1. Utilize and explain the methodology through which Geographers examine the world.
    2. Define the location, distribution and inter-relationship among economic resources on a global scale.
    3. Analyze the relationship between natural and economic resources
    4. Evaluate land use for transportation and population settlements
  2. Examine how society organizes its economic activities over space at both a local, regional and global scale.
    1. Identify the principles of production, exchange and consumption
    2. Evaluate land use for transportation and population settlements
    3. Interpret the impact of land and resource ownership on world economies
    4. Discuss local and regional land use planning
    5. Characterize the role of citizen participation
    6. Discuss historic development of global economic systems
  3. Compare and contrast economic development and prosperity as they relate to human geography and the distribution of natural resources
    1. Describe the relationship between natural and economic resources
    2. Discuss the distribution and characteristics of
      1. agriculture
      2. forestry
      3. fishing
      4. mining
      5. manufacturing and services
      6. transportation and communication
    3. Discuss economic development and globalization and their impact on natural resources and the human population.
      1. population dynamics
      2. urbanization
      3. consumption patterns
      4. energy production and use
      5. renewable and non-renewable resource use
      6. environmental degradation
      7. environmental equity and sustainable development
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) -
Griffiths, Robert J. Annual Editions: Developing World 10/11, McGraw Hill, 2009.

Disciplines -
Geography
 
Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Oral presentations, Electronic discussions/chat.
 
Lab Content -
Not 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)