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World Cultural Geography

GEO 113W

World Cultural Geography

GEO 113W

Course Description

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: READING LEVEL 2 and WRITING LEVEL 2 and MATH LEVEL 2.

Examines essential geographic characteristics and concepts of selected cultural regions of the world. Compares and contrasts these regions in terms of their present and potential development using examples from both the western and non-western world. (60-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Be acquainted with knowledge of the basic principles of the regional geographic approach to the study of the diverse human world.

Objectives:

  • Define the terms REALM and REGION, and distinguish the difference between them.
  • Define and apply the concepts of SPATIAL INTERACTION and AREAL DIFFERENTIATION.
  • Synthesize, evaluate, analyze, compare, categorize and generalize from information from multiple sources, presented in various formats, (text, maps, tables, graphs, diagrams, visuals) to answer geographic questions.
  • Interpret and utilize statistical measures such as GDP, infant mortality and population doubling time.
  • Postulate the impact of real or hypothetical phenomenon on world cultural features between and within geographically identifiable places.
  • Identify, examine, evaluate and project causal relationships between and within geographically identifiable places.

Develop a basic appreciation for, and comprehension of, current world spatial patterns over the earth's surface and the development of these patterns through interaction of human and physical factors over earth space through time.

Objectives:

  • Name and locate on a world map the world's twelve realms.
  • List at least two major significant identifying characteristics for each of the world's twelve realms.
  • Diagram and label the DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSFORMATION model.
  • Identify key conditions, causal factors and effects contained in the DEMOGRAPHIC TRANSFORMATION model.
  • Diagram, label and describe the CORE - PERIPHERY world system model.
  • Identify key conditions, causal factors and effects contained in the CORE -PERIPHERY model, and project future changes necessary to maintain model validity.
  • List key characteristics of the groups and sub groups of countries included in the CORE - PERIPHERY model; generalize about the development and potential changes in these characteristics; and locate example countries of each group on a world map.
  • Correctly name and write the symbols for Level One and Level Two of the KOPPEN WORLD CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM.
  • Describe the essential characteristics and causal factors of each KOPPEN CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION.

Improve awareness of the geographical approach to understanding our world and improve global awareness through study of selected realms and topics relevant to the selected realms.

Objectives:

  • List and show the map location of the significant political units that make up each selected realm.
  • Indicate selected major physical features of each selected realm on a map.
  • List at least four significant cultural characteristics of each selected realm.
  • List at least four significant economic characteristics of each selected realm.
  • List at least four significant demographic characteristics of each selected realm.
  • List at least four significant environmental conditions of each selected realm.
  • List at least two current or future problems that may internally and/or externally affect each selected realm.
  • List at least two current or potential advantages each selected realm enjoy.
  • Analyze past, current and possible interrelationships of items 1-8 above from a within-the-realm perspective, applying regionally appropriate concepts such as centripetal and centrifugal forces.
  • Analyze past, current and possible interrelationships of items 1-9 above from a global-between-realms perspective using appropriate concepts such as functional specialization, intervening opportunity, supranationalism or culture hearths.

Improve student skills in communicating findings, evaluations and conclusions.

Objectives:

  • Develop written, verbal and visual responses to geographically appropriate questions and problems throughout the extent of the course.

Perform writing tasks to promote learning.

Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.

Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.