Course Summary
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49 hours (self-paced)
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Introduction to Geography


The course objective is to study the physical features of the Earth and its atmosphere, including landscape development, weather and climate, and geologic concepts, as well as the influence of human activity, including cultural, economic, and political activity on those physical features. This course will cover the basic elements noted above but within a regional context. Ultimately, World Regional Geography is concerned with the physical and human characteristics that make the regions of our world distinctive.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify and evaluate environmental issues, such as air and water pollution, prevalent in different regions of the world
  • Describe the economic geography of selected world regions, including primary sources of income, availability of natural resources, and the effects of globalization
  • Discuss the fundamental elements of the Geographic Grid, time-zones, and how the world is mapped
  • Discuss the major 'tools' of the geographer, including GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems), GIS (Geographic Information Systems), remote sensing, and cartography, and describe how these tools are being used to study world regions
  • Identify geographic realms (or regions) and the reasons for their boundaries (for example, language, religion, ethnicities, population, politics, and the physical landscape)
  • Discuss the various historical, social, and environmental processes that have shaped the world's major cultural regions and influenced the human landscape
  • Compare and contrast the climate, physical landscape, and natural environment of world regions
  • Discuss how populations are distributed and why populations migrate
  • Compare and contrast major political systems and their worldwide distribution
  • Use a variety of thematic maps to analyze worldwide distribution patterns of population, religion, language, politics, vegetation, climate, and other elements of geography

General Topics:

  • Introduction to geography and in-depth coverage of geographic regions (Europe, Russia, North America, Middle America, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa and Southwest Asia, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, and the Pacific and Antarctica)
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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Supplemental Materials