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Selected Regions

Course Code: GEOG 1190
Faculty: Humanities & Social Sciences
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 15
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

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.

curriculum 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.

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course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.