WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY GEOG 3300
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GEOG 3300 14144 World Regional Geography 1100 1115 MWF Instructor Dr Michael Yoder Office Irby 301C Phone 5014503164 Internet myoderucaedu Web page httpwwwucaedudivisionsacademicgeographyYoderhtm Office Hours ll50l30 MWF 9151045 TR Catalog Description A required course for geography majors and minors A lecture and discussion oriented course that focuses on the physical and cultural geography of Earth39s major regions USA and Canada Latin America Europe Russia and the Near Abroad Middle East and North Africa Africa South of the Sahara Monsoon Asia and the Paci c World Prerequisite None Additional Description Geography is often regarded as the quotspatial sciencequot because of its focus on spatial patterns and processes that natural and human activities exhibit over the surface of the earth As such it becomes largely a study of how places are unique from one another including physical terrain climates and weather patterns on one hand in other words quotphysical geographyquot and human activities such as agriculture industry settlement patterns housing language religion and other facets of culture and society on the other hand Further it is about how the physical and cultural realities of the earth are interrelated thereby mutually reinforcing the differences from place to place Regions are areas that have unique characteristics that make them distinct from other places so a regional course is a natural area of inquiry for geography Agricultural terraces in the mountainous regions of Guatemala Peru Indonesia the Philippines and the Arabian Peninsula are not all the same because the cultures that produced them are not the same nor are the political and demographic conditions that yielded that type of human landscape Yet these terraces do share something in common they are an adaptation to rugged terrain not found in coastal plains containing favorable soils And they are different from the expanses of relatively at and highly productive agricultural lands of the world39s grain regions that produce massive quantities of crops through mechanization Manufacturing regions such as Southeastern China Northwestern Mexico the American quotMidwestquot and Western Europe are quite different from one other in terms of the goods they produce the technologies they employ the transportation infrastructure that links them to distant markets and the conditions of the work forces that keep them productive Houses of worship vary from lavish mosques that adorn urban skylines in Morocco and Egypt to cathedrals that de ne the character of medievalera cities of Europe and Latin America to large concerthall type contemporary church auditoriums in recentlyconstructed suburbs of the United States As the world becomes more tightly integrated through commerce politics and migration we should all strive to be better global citizens and develop a greater awareness and understanding of the cultural and environmental variations from region to region Reqired Textbook DeBlij and Muller The World Today Concepts and Regions in Geography Third Edition Wiley Press Recommended Book Rand McNally Atlas of World Geography or similar My Expectations of Students Come to class Tune in to the class Read the assigned readings Take good notes of the lectures and of the assigned readings Be prepared to discuss the material in class so that the lectures are more meaningful interesting and llfilling than they would otherwise be Be respectful of other students during discussions in class In a social science setting opinions will vary throughout the class and as adults we can handle the differences with respect and courtesy Be courteous to fellow students by refraining from annoying habits like talking during class or getting up excessively to leave and reenter the class Given the unfortunate epidemic of cellular phones and the lack of etiquette that goes along with them in today s society they and pagers must be tumed off and put away during class MP3 players and iPods serve to distance the student from the classroom experience and their use will not be allowed in class Laptop computers may be used for one thing only to take notes if you prefer that to the traditional use of paper and pen or pencil Please note however that traditional methodology of taking notes is better because as I make drawings on the board to explain processes you can make drawings in your notebooks along with me Note that I reserve the right to ban laptop computers from class if excessive misuse of them sur ng the web instant messaging e mailing friends etc becomes a problem Evaluation of Student Performance Your course grade is based on the traditional scale A90100 B80 89 C7079 D6069 There will be four exams each worth 20 percent of your grade Exams will be a combination of objective questions primarily multiple choice and short essays Exams will be announced one week in advance There will be five map quizzes each of which will be announced one week in advance I will count the best four of these five quiz grades and collectively the map quiz grade will comprise 20 percent of your course grade To recap your grade is calculated as follows ExamI 20 Exam II 20 Exam III 20 Exam IV final 20 Map quiz grade 20 Makeups of exams and quizzes I strongly dislike makeups and reserve the right to deduct one letter grade from any makeup exam if in my judgment the reason for missing it is not legitimate There will be no makeup quizzes given that I drop the lowest quiz grade However if you know that you will be missing a map quiz you may take a version of the quiz ahead of time without penalty provided you take the initiative to make the arrangements with me during my office hours Other Matters I cannot read minds If you are having difficulty with the course it is your responsibility to come to me for discussions of the course content study skills and the like The University Catalog and University Web Site outline important dates that students are responsible for knowing such as drop dates All of the university rules about plagiarism and academic dishonesty as covered in the UCA Student Handbook apply fully to this class and violations of university policy will not be tolerated Sexual harassment is not allowed in this class or at UCA This and other inappropriate forms of behavior are covered in the UCA Student Handbook and it is the student s responsibility to become familiar with all policies listed in the Student Handbook which can be accessed at httpwww nca J 39 39 39 The Drop Policy of the University as covered in the UCA Student Handbook applies to this course Students are responsible for knowing dates for dropping courses as outlined in the catalog This information can be accessed at httpwww nca J 39 J 39 139quot 39 39 39 39 39 nhn It is the policy of UCA and this instructor to accommodate students with disabilities pursuant to federal and state laws Any student with a disability who needs accommodation for example in seating placement or in arrangements for examinations should inform me at the beginning of the semester Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the office of the Director of Disability Support Services located in the Student Health Center Suite 212 All students needing special accommodations for examsquizzes must contact the office of the Director of Disability Support Services as explained in the Student Handbook httpwww 1102 J J39 39 39 39 handbook Tentative Course Outline Part I Introduction to Regional Geography The industrialized worlds of Europe and Russia Introduction pp 131 Ch 1 Europe pp 3278 Ch 2 Russia pp 79106 Exam I Part II The Americas Ch 3 The US and Canada North America pp 107139 Ch 4 Mexico Central America and the Caribbean quotMiddle Americaquot pp 140165 Ch 5 South America pp 166195 Exam II Part III Africa the Middle East and South Asia Ch 6 Subsaharan Africa pp 196229 Ch 7 The Middle East and North Africa pp 230268 Ch 8 South Asia pp 269298 Exam III Part IV East Asia Southeast Asia and the Paci c Ch 9 East Asia pp 299338 Ch 10 Southeast Asia pp 339366 Ch 11 Australia and New Zealand pp 367380 Ch 12 The Paci c 381391 Exam IV Final Please note that I reserve the right to make changes to the content of this syllabus at any time and will notify you if I do so
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