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GEOG 1101

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Credit Hours 3
Course Title Introduction To Human Geography
Prerequisite(s) Exit or exemption from Learning Support reading or all ESL requirements except ENSL 0091.
Corequisite(s) None Specified
Catalog Description
This course is a survey of global patterns of resources, population, culture, and economic systems.  Emphasis is placed upon the factors contributing to these patterns and the distinctions between the technologically advanced and less advanced regions of the world.

Expected Educational Results
As a result of completing this course the student will be able to:

1. Define geography and understand its relationship to other disciplines.
2. Understand the difference between human geography as a social science and physical geography as a science.
3. Understand the fundamental themes of geography (location, place, human/environment interactions, movement, and regions) and use them to ask questions about specific places and social processes.
4. Understand the reasons for the location and spatial distribution of human phenomena, such as population, cultures, and economic and political systems.
5. Understand the origin, distribution, and cultures of the major peoples of the world.
6. Understand how the natural environment, including natural resources and climate, has exerted an impact on development in different parts of the world.
7. Understand how people have adapted to and transformed natural environments in different parts of the world.
8. Understand the usefulness of geography as a holistic discipline and its ability to demonstrate how integrating knowledge contributes to a liberal education.
9. Identify the “developed” regions of the world, and understand their differences and similarities.
10. Identify the “developing” regions of the world, and understand their differences and similarities.
11. Understand how to use maps, atlases, and other geographical tools, and how to incorporate knowledge from these tools with written information from other sources.
12. Understand how technological advances have affected the collection and analysis of geographical data, and how these advances improve our ability to analyze spatial phenomena.
13. Understand the increasingly interdependent nature of world systems and the ways that these systems lead to global integration as well as regional fragmentation.
14. Understand how technological advances are making the diverse cultures of the world increasingly interdependent.
15. Become successful citizens in the global community by understanding the nature of past, current, and emerging global trends and examining the world through multiple perspectives.
16. Understand human diversity through knowledge about and sensitivity to different cultures, races, religions, ethnicities, genders, and social classes.
17. Focus on the common elements of various cultures and recognize the importance of tolerance and inclusiveness in interactions with other people.

General Education Outcomes
I. Communicate effectively through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
II. Identify, analyze, and evaluate the geographical nature of economic, political, social and cultural forces operating at various scales, from the global to the local.  
III. Apply geographical knowledge to living and working in diverse cultural and physical environments.
IV. Develop skills in analyzing and interpreting maps and statistical da

Course Content
Instructors have the option of teaching GEOG 1101 from either a regional perspective or topical perspective.  The following outlines provide suggested course content for both the regional and topical perspectives.  Instructors can present material in an order different from the outlines below, depending on the textbook or instructor’s preferences.  

Regional Perspective

1. Geographic Perspectives
· Geography and its main themes
· Regional concepts and classifications
· Geographic scale
· Maps and projections
· World population patterns
· Geography of economic development
· Political and cultural geography
2. Europe
· Landscapes and opportunities
· Europe’s premodern heritage
· The revolutions of modernizing Europe
· Contemporary Europe
· Regions of Europe
· Multinational organizations (example: European Union)
· Breaking up of states (Devolution)

3. Russia
· The break-up of the Soviet Union
· Evolution of the Russian State
· The Soviet legacy
· Russia’s changing political and social geography
· Russia’s prospects
4. North America
· The post-industrial transformation
· The cultural and economic geography of the U.S. and Canada
· Urbanization and urban geography in the developed regions
· Regions of North America
5. Middle America
· The cultural legacy of Mesoamerica
· The collision of old and new world cultures
· Agriculture and land tenure traditions
· Regions of Middle America
6. South America
· The human sequence
· Cultural fragmentation and transformation
· Urbanization in developing regions
· Emerging countries
· Other regions of South America
7. North Africa/Southwest Asia
· Culture hearths and cultural diffusion
· The rise and influence of Islam
· The power and peril of oil
· Regions of North Africa/Southwest Asia
8. Sub-Saharan Africa
· Africa’s physiography and climate
· Cultural patterns of language and religion
· Natural environments and agriculture
· Ancient states of Africa
· The colonial transformation
· Independent Africa
· Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa
9. South Asia
· The human sequence
· Population growth and challenges to development
· Major religions
· Regions of South Asia
10. East Asia
· The Pacific Rim – an emerging region?
· Historical and cultural geography of China
· Communism and economic reforms
· Japan’s isolated past
· The rise of modern Japan
· The rapid industrialization of Korea and Taiwan
11. Southeast Asia
· People and land of southeast Asia
· The ethnic mosaic
· The political geography of southeast Asia
12. Australia and Oceania
· Historical and economic geography of Australia and New Zealand
· The uncertain future of the Pacific Islands

Topical Perspective

1. Geography, culture and environment
· Geographical themes and perspectives
· Cultures, environment and regions
· The earth as home of humanity
· Defining culture and ethnicity
2. Population patterns and processes
· Fundamentals of population geography
· Population change and population growth
· Migration and its causes
· Routes of human mobility
3. Linguistic geography
· Geography of language
· Diffusion and transformation of language
· Modern language mosaics
· Value and productivity of human languages
· Linguistic divergence and convergence
· Ethnolinguistics
4. The geography of religion
· Origin and distribution of religions
· Diffusion of religions and cultural landscapes
· Religion, culture, and conflict
· Meaning and value of religion for humans
5. Agriculture and land use in the rural world
· Livelihoods of rural people
· Rural settlement forms
· Commercial agriculture
6. The urbanizing world
· Civilization and urbanization
· Rise to state-level civilizations
· Urbanization and location
· Urban patterns and structure
· Changing cities in a changing world
7. The geography of development
· Concepts of development
· Industrial location
· World industrial regions
· The post-industrial transformation
8. Political geography
· Political culture and the evolving state
· State organization and national power
· Strategies in multinationalism and assimilation
· Supranationalism (multinational political/economic organizations)
9. Social geographies of the modern world
· The geography of nutrition, health and disease
· Patterns of ethnic and racial inequality
· Gender and the geography of inequality
10. Coping with a rapidly changing world
· Human transformations of the physical world
· Resource problems and environmental change
· The challenges of population growth
· A new world political order

Assessment of Outcome Objectives
A. Tests and a final exam prepared by each instructor will be used to determine part of the course grade. Tests will focus on the expected educational outcomes through objective questions, essays, and map identifications.
B. Writing assignments will emphasize higher order learning skills by demonstrating understanding of concepts, ability to evaluate and synthesize information, and ability to present results in a logical and analytical fashion.

This course will be assessed at least once every three years.  Every student in each section will be required to complete an assessment that will cover the core material of the course as defined in the expected educational results.  The Honors sections will use the same assessment instruments and questions as non-Honors sections.

A college-wide curriculum committee made up of all persons teaching Geography 1101 will summarize the results of the assessment questions.   The committee will be headed by a chair selected by the members of the curriculum committee to analyze the results and determine implications for curriculum change. A summary of the group analysis as well as specific detail and a timeline for implementation of changes will be included. The curriculum committee will follow up and document the implementation of the agreed upon changes.

Revised 5/31/05
Reviewed June 8, 2005

Last Revised: Aug. 08, 2011
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