The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- small group discussions
- visual presentations – PowerPoint and videos
- individual and team projects
- field assignments
- practical in-class exercises
a) Approaches to the study of regional geography
b) Definition of the region under study
- The Physical Setting
b) Geology and landforms
e) Soils and vegetation
f) Natural hazards
g) Natural resources
- Culture History
a) Occupation by human beings
b) Environmental impacts
c) Culture traits
c) Rural settlement
d) Urbanization and cities
a) Economic history
b) Models of economic development
c) Modern economies
d) External economic relations and globalization
a) Human Impact on the environment
a) Characterizing the region
b) The Future
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- Collect geographical data and display it in maps.
- Analyze the spatial distributions of geographic phenomena.
- Explain the geographical concepts involved in regional analysis.
- Describe the physical characteristics of the region.
- Explain the complex interactions of culture and environment involved in the occupation of the region by human beings.
- Describe the exploitation of the region by its occupants.
- Place the region within the wider context of the world system of regions.
- Analyze contemporary issues associated with the region using appropriate written, oral and graphical communication skills.
- Demonstrate basic analytical reasoning, quantitative interpretation and map comprehension skills.
- Assess the impact of globalization on the region.
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:
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.