Lecture: 4 hrs/week, or Hybrid Format: 2 hrs/week in class with 2 hrs/week online
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following: lecture, labs, field work, DVDs/videos and animations, individual and/or team projects, small group discussions and map and air photo analysis.
- Definition of area
- Regional concepts as applied to British Columbia
- Core-Periphery Model
- Tectonic processes
- Geomorphology and physiographic regions
- Indigenous experiences
- European exploration
- Settler colonialism and dispossession
- Asian immigration and institutional racism
- BC’s changing economy in the context of globalization
- Resource development, management, and conservation
- Tertiary and quaternary industries
- Indigenous rights and title and treaty negotiations
- Tourism and recreation
- Urban development
- Rural settlement
- Demographic studies
- Cultural and ethnic diversity
- Environmental challenges
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Synthesize the concepts and techniques of regional geography.
- Communicate effectively orally, graphically, in writing, and using quantitative methods.
- Create, interpret, analyze and utilize maps.
- Evaluate and make informed decisions about contemporary British Columbia issues using the methodologies, concepts and techniques of regional geography.
Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with the Douglas College Evaluation Policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
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An instructor’s Course Reader may be required. Textbooks will be updated periodically. Typical examples are:
Geography Open Textbook Collective. (2014). British Columbia in a Global Context. Victoria, BC: BCcampus. Retrieved from http://opentextbc.ca/geography/.
Hayes, D. (2012). British Columbia: a New Historical Atlas. Vancouver, BC: Douglas & McIntyre.
McGillivray, B. (2010). Geography of British Columbia: People and Landscapes in Transition. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press.