Selected Regions

Humanities & Social Sciences
Geography and the Environment
Course Code
GEOG 1190
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
This course is an introduction to the geography of a selected region of the world, using the concepts and methods of regional geography. It will provide students with the opportunity to apply the tools of geographical analysis to the study of part of the world as a distinctive world region. The physical characteristics of the region will be described and the history of its occupation of the region will be documented. The region will also be placed within the framework of the varied regions that constitute the modern world.
Course Content
  1. Introduction
    a)       Approaches to the study of regional geography
    b)       Definition of the region under study
  2. The Physical Setting
    a)       Location
    b)       Geology and landforms
    c)       Climate
    d)       Hydrology
    e)       Soils and vegetation
    f)        Natural hazards
    g)       Natural resources
  3. Culture History
    a)       Occupation by human beings
    b)       Environmental impacts
    c)       Culture traits
  4. Population
    a)       Structure
    b)       Change
    c)       Rural settlement
    d)       Urbanization and cities
  5. Economy
    a)       Economic history
    b)       Models of economic development
    c)       Modern economies
    d)       External economic relations and globalization
  6. Environment
    a)       Human Impact on the environment
  7. Conclusion
    a)    Characterizing the region
    b)    The Future
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:

  • lectures
  • small group discussions
  • visual presentations – PowerPoint and videos
  • individual and team projects
  • field assignments
  • practical in-class exercises
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.


A sample evaluation scheme would be:

Assignments  20%
Tests  45%
Term project         25%
Participation  10%
Total 100%
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Collect geographical data and display it in maps.
  2. Analyze the spatial distributions of geographic phenomena.
  3. Explain the geographical concepts involved in regional analysis.
  4. Describe the physical characteristics of the region.
  5. Explain the complex interactions of culture and environment involved in the occupation of the region by human beings.
  6. Describe the exploitation of the region by its occupants.
  7. Place the region within the wider context of the world system of regions.
  8. Analyze contemporary issues associated with the region using appropriate written, oral and graphical communication skills.
  9. Demonstrate basic analytical reasoning, quantitative interpretation and map comprehension skills.
  10.  Assess the impact of globalization on the region.
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

A textbook appropriate to the region will be selected by the instructor, subject to the approval of the Geography Department.



No prerequisite courses.


No corequisite courses.


No equivalent courses.

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU GEOG 205 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2014/08/31
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU GEOG 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG GEOG 1XXX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU GEOG 263 (3), B-Soc 2004/09/01 to 2012/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOG 120 (3) 2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU GEOG 1200 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GEOG 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to 2012/04/30
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU GEOG 1XX (3), Non Nats 2012/05/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO GEOG 1st (3) 2011/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV GEOG 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC GEOG 1XX (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV GEOG 233 (3) 2004/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GEOG 3XX (1.5) 2011/01/01 to 2019/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GEOG 1XX (1.5) 2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GEOG 2XX (1.5), R 2019/09/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC GEOG 3XX (1.5) 2011/01/01 to -
Vancouver Island University (VIU) VIU GEOG 1st (3) 2004/09/01 to -

Course Offerings

Fall 2020

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.