GEOG110 World Geography

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Geography

I. Course Number and Title
GEOG110 World Geography
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

This course meets the General Education requirement for Social Science.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity.
This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.

VI. Catalog Course Description
A thematic survey aimed at understanding the contemporary world through an analysis of physical/environmental and cultural regions. Special attention is given to problems of social and technological change, political geographic disputes, and population growth.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an up-to-date knowledge of world regions, the variety and complexity of the world's cultural mosaic, and recognize geography as a synthesizing or bringing together discipline, bridging the social and physical sciences [Social Science];
    2. analyze situations from the perspective of people in other nations and cultures and recognize how value systems differ from place to place around the globe [Diversity];
    3. articulate personal, ethical, and environmental responsibilities toward the world and its people;
    4. understand and expressing the meaning and significance of different kinds of maps, air photos, and satellite images [Critical Thinking].
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    • Introductory Concepts and Background
    • Climatic and Other Physical Geographic Patterns
    • Middle Eastern Studies: from the Maghreb, to the Levant, to Afghanistan
    • Latin American Studies
    • The Pacific Realm: Oceania, Australia and New Zealand
    • The Pacific Rim's "Jakota Triangle"
    • China's Pacific Rim: The SAR's and SEZ's
    • Southeast Asia: Between the Giants
    • Resilient Europe: Both West and East
    • Turkey: Caught Between Two Worlds
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Course learning goals are assessed as follows:

    1. Students will prepare an end-journal describing and analyzing similarities and differences between cultures. In addition, students will indicate how the knowledge gained can be used in a socially responsible and ethical way.
    2. Students will submit a written project describing local environmental issues and problems and how planning/government agencies are addressing these issues.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 5/05; Core Goals/Objectives added 5/05; Revised 5/07; New Core 8/2015