GEOG110 World Geography

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Geography

I. Course Number and Title
GEOG110 World Geography
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
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. 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;
    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;
    3. articulate personal, ethical, and environmental responsibilities toward the world and its people;
    4. interpret different kinds of maps, air photos, and satellite images.

    Core Learning Goals and Objectives
    Category I: Social Perspectives
    Learning Goals


    Students will:
    1. be aware of and sensitive to the social, economic, political, and ideological diversity of society.

    Category I: Social Perspectives
    Learning Objectives


    Students will be able to:
    1. recognize and explain components of civic and/or personal responsibility.

    Category III: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
    Learning Goals

    The students learn and practice the skills of interpretation, application, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, reasoning, and/or problem solving.

    Category III: Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
    Learning Objectives


    Students will be able to:
    1. understand and express the meaning and significance of a variety of communications (Interpretation).
    1. demonstrate an understanding of solving problems by:
      1. recognizing the problem
      2. reviewing information about the problem
      3. developing plausible solutions
      4. evaluating the results

    Category III: International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
    Learning Goals

    The students explore world cultures and/or the complexities of gender and/or minority groups. They reflect upon the interrelation of diverse cultures and/or groups and the ways in which those perspectives broaden the scope of the students' understanding of identity.

    Category III: International, Gender, and/or Minority Perspectives
    Learning Objectives


    Students will be able to:
    1. articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.

    Category III: Responsible Citizenship
    Learning Goals

    The students develop an understanding of the need for each individual to promote the public good, an awareness of environmental issues, or a recognition that their actions carry responsibilities and consequences.

    Category III: Responsible Citizenship
    Learning Objectives


    Students will be able to:
    1. demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
    2. demonstrate familiarity with contemporary environmental issues.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

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

    Students enrolled in GEOG110 will be assessed for Social Perspectives, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, International, Gender and/or Minority Perspectives, and Responsible Citizenship by the following:

    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 Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Lectures, class discussions, audio-visual presentations, and field trips (optional).

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