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COURSE NUMBER: GEOG134
COURSE TITLE:World Regional Geography
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
IAI CODE(S): S4 900N
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:135
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:
DELIVERY MODE:Online

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A thematic or regional introduction to the basic concepts of how world regions are constructed or classified. Using spatial analysis of both traditional and digital maps factors will be explored to assess how regions evolve, change over time, and are classified. Concepts will explore both developed and undeveloped regions connecting both human and physical geographical factors shaping and defining the classification of regions and interrelationships between them.

PREREQUISITES:
Place into ENGL101.

NOTES:

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
World regional Geography is a thematic or regional introduction to the basic concepts of how world regions are constructed or classified.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Use spatial analysis of both traditional and digital maps factors to explore and assess how regions evolve, change over time, and are classified. The student will demonstrate knowledge of this through essay writing and map exercises.
  • Explore both developed and undeveloped regions connecting both human and physical geographical factors shaping and defining the classification of regions and interrelationships between them. The student will demonstrate knowledge of this in writing.
  • Explore and analyze the five major themes of the text, population and gender, environment, urbanization, globalization and development, and power and politics. The student will demonstrate knowledge of these concepts in writing.

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
The list below indicates the region of study, and the potential discussion topic. The entire region is covered in the chapter and map quizzes. The outline reflects a schedule of one module per week.
  • Module 1
    • Geography “An Exploration of Connections”
  • Module 2
    • “Global Scarcity and Control of Resources”
  • Module 3
    • North America “Globalization and Trade Issues”
  • Module 4
    • North America “Issues in Population and Gender”
  • Module 5
    • Middle and South America “Food and Urbanization”
  • Module 6
    • Middle and South America “Globalization”
  • Module 7
    • Europe “Water and Climate Change”
  • Module 8
    • Russia and the Post-Soviet States “Transitioning to Capitalism?”
  • Module 9
    • North Africa and Southwest Asia “The Impact of Urbanization and Globalization”
  • Module 10
    • Sub-Saharan Africa “Urbanization and the Population Pyramid”
  • Module 11
    • Sub-Saharan Africa “The Impact of Colonization”
  • Module 12
    • South Asia “Globalization: Gains and Losses”
  • Module 13
    • South Asia “The Future of the region and Issues of Water and Climate”
  • Module 14
    • East Asia “Power and Politics”
  • Module 15
    • East Asia “Economic Revolution?”
  • Module 16
    • Southeast Asia “Urbanization and Food Development”
  • Module 17
    • Oceania: Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific “Changes in Political Empowerment”

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:
World Regional Geography. Publisher, et. al. Freeman and Company. 6th Edition. 2014.
ISBN- 13: 978-1-4641-1070-2 ISBN-10: 1-4641-1070-0

You will receive a “Launch Pad” code if you purchase the book in our bookstore. If you buy the book used or elsewhere, you will still need to purchase a Launch Pad code.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
  • Bulletin Boards (280 points)
    • You will be asked to post responses to my questions on our class "Discussion Board." A "Discussion Board" is a public forum open only to members of our class. Your responses relate to readings in your text and your reader. For example, one question might read as follows: "Based upon your reading in chapter one, does globalization have a positive or negative impact on the people of the world?" You will put your response in our "Discussion Board" section of the course, and other students and/or the instructor will respond to the question and to your ideas. Your grade is based upon the presentation of and the support provided for your response. All posts should demonstrate your knowledge of the readings. The responses are generally around 500 words and worth 20 points. It is important that you use the chapter terms in each of your posts. You must use the terms from the assigned chapter in your posts. Terms should be in ALL CAPS and properly applied. Please use at least two per post.
  • Learning Curve
    • There is a multiple choice test for each chapter primarily concerned with terms. You will take the tests in the Launch Pad section of the course.
  • Tests (150 points)
    • Tests will be clearly assigned and require you to use turnitin.com. Tests will be in essay form.
  • Maps
    • Map exercises will be part of the course and are assigned for each region. You must pass the exams to pass the course. The maps are in the Launch Pad section of the course.
  • Research Paper
    • You are to write a four page research paper this semester (1000 words). You must use APA or MLA when making citations, and it is to be turned in to turnitin.com as a check on plagiarism. (You must use citations in the body of the paper.)
Assignment Description:
You have a very basic paper assignment. You need to pick one of our regions of study, and write a 1000 word paper on the impact of globalization on that region. You should use at least six terms from the book, but your examples should come from outside research. You should use at least six outside articles. The articles may be from electronic sources if you wish. When you write, by sure to use MLA citations in your work. By module 3, please send me your region of study.

Important Dates:
By the end of module three- Paper Topic Due
By the end of module six- First Paragraph due
Module 14- Paper Due. Copy and paste a copy in the course e-mail, and send a copy to turnitin.com. (50 points)

Course Writing:
By the end of the semester, you will generate 28 pages of "Bulletin Board" writing, 15 pages of test writing. You will also complete a short 4-6 page research paper on a topic of the instructor's choosing. This totals 47-49 pages.

Course Point Totals:
Exams 150 points
Postings 280 points
Launch Pad 240 points
Paper 50 points
Maps 80 points
Total 800 points

This point total is not exact. It exists to give you an idea of how you will earn your grade. The point total may be higher or lower by the end of the year. Missed assignments will be entered as "zeroes" in the gradebook.

GRADES:
A 90%
B 80%
C 70%
D 60%
F 59%

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Fall 2018

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