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GPH 210  
World Regional Geography
Saint Martin's University
Course Syllabus

Dr. Richard L. Langill  Spring 2012
mail:  rlangill@stmartin.edu   Office: Old Main #333
phone:  (360) 438-4588 (Office) 360) 943-3258 (Home)
Office Hours MWF  8-10 am / 10-11 TR 9:30-10:30 am

Purpose of the Course

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to world regional geography.  The course will seek to highlight the distinctive feature of the various regions of the world,  their historical and cultural background, physical location and physical features, resources, and economic components.

The instructor believes that students should have an understanding and appreciation for the world in which they live.   The instructor hopes that this course will serve as a window on the world and provide a foundation for understanding other countries, peoples, and ways of life.

Course Requirements

This course will be primarily a lecture course with discussion strongly encouraged.  The instructor expects students to keep up with the reading so they will be able to participate more actively in these discussions.  The instructor will use a variety of AV tapes created by the textbook author to highlight various aspects of this course.  Multimedia resources and slides from the instructor’s travels will also be used to give students a perspective on countries covered in this course.

Grading Policy

Grades will be based on Four Examinations and a Think Peace on a foreign film.  Each examination will count 20% of you total grade.  The map homework will also constitute the final 20% of the grade. The grades for this course will be calculated as follows:

=100 points (20%) First Exam A=    500 - 450
=100 points (20%) Second Exam B=    450 - 400
=100 points (20%) Third Exam C=    400 - 350
=100 points (20%) Final Exam D=    350 - 300
=100 points (20%) Think Piece F=     300 - 250
=500 points

Examinations

The examinations will consist of objective questions drawn from the textbook and essay questions drawn  from the textbook and lectures in class.  Students need to focus on the main concepts, ideas and issues discussed in the textbook and class.  Basic geographical knowledge of the regions will be essential.

Think Piece

Students will be required to write a short "Think Piece" on a foreign film.  The requirements for this assignment and the list of films are explained at the following link which can also be found on the first page of this syllabus.   Due March 13th.
Foreign Film List

PowerPoint Presentations

All class presentations for this course are available on reserve in the SMU Library. I will use the PC in class.  Students find it useful to run these off before class and add whatever notes are appropriate on the file.  This should make your task easier.  These materials are meant to be an outline not a complete set of notes for this class  These materials are testable as well as the readings from the textbook.

Attendance

I consider attendance to be an important part of this course.  Excessive absences will be penalized.  Students who miss more than 2 classes for any reason will be penalized one half of a letter grade (25 points); students who miss more than 4 classes will be penalized one letter grade (50 points). This policy will be strictly enforced.

Required Textbook

H. J. de Blij and Peter O. Muller. 
Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts
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15th Ed. 2012

Course Outline

Jan 17

Introduction to the Course

 

 

Jan 19

Introduction to World Regional Geography (1)            

 

DeBlij pgs. 3-45

 

 

Jan 24 – 31

Europe (3)            

 

 DeBlij  Chpt 1, pgs.49-105

 

 

 

 

Feb 2-7

Russia  and Central Asia (2)            

 

DeBlij Chpt 2, pgs 106-149

 

 

Feb 9th

First Examination

 

 

Feb 14 – 23

Central  America and South America (4)               

 

DeBlij  Chpt 4, pgs. 204-287

 

 

Feb 28-Mar 1

Sub-Saharan Africa (2)                     

 

 DeBlij Chpt 6, pgs. 288-341

 

 

Mar 6th

Second Examination

 

 

Mar  8-29

North Africa and Southwest Asia(4)

 

 DeBlij Chpt 7, pgs 342-399

THINK PIECES DUE MARCH 13th

Apr  3-5

South Asia (2)

 

 DeBlij Chpt 8, pgs. 400-449

 

 

April 10

Third Examination

 

 

Apr  17 – 24

East Asia  (3)       

 

 DeBlij Chpt 9, pgs 450-521.

 

 

Apr 26 – May 1

Southeast Asia (2)

 

 DeBlij Chpt 10, pgs 522-569.

 

 

Apr 3

Australia / New Zealand / Pacific Is. (2)               

DeBlij Chpts 11-12, pgs 570-604

 

 

 

Final Examination--- As Scheduled by Registrar