Introduction to the distribution of people, activities, and environments around the world; geographic patterns and the interaction of humans with their surroundings are emphasized. Cross-listed as GEOG 101. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
An Introduction to Geography
By Getis, A., Getis, J., & Fellman, J.D. (McGraw-Hill) Recommended
An Introduction to Geography: People, Places, and Environment
By Bergman, E.F., & Renwick, W.H. (Prentice Hall) Recommended
Diversity Amid Globalization
By Rowntree, Les, Martin Lewis, et al. Recommended
By Atlas Hudson, J.C., & Eppenshade, E.B., Jr. (Rand McNally) Recommended
Microsoft ENCARTA: Interactive World Atlas, CD-ROM
• To understand the diversity that exists in world geography. • To explain the interconnectedness of people and places. • To illustrate how the themes of environment, politics, economics, culture, religion and geological aspects contribute to the larger understanding of geography.
• Identify locations of the major physical, political and urban features on earth. • Identify key characteristics which explain the economic, political and cultural processes affecting individual location choices and spatial patterns. • Define and describe how the concepts of population settlement, geopolitical frameworks and cultural diversity contribute to geographic development. • Explain the major aspects of the human/environment interaction (e.g. resource use and natural hazards). • Explain the major geologic and meteorological processes and the resulting patterns in the environment. • Define and explain the methods used for geographic investigation.
• Maps, mapping, and imagery • The physical environment—landforms, climate, etc. • Natural hazards • Natural resources—use and misuse • Demography—locations, changes • Cultural geography—patterns and conflicts • Political geography—local, national, international • Economic geography—patterns and change • Urban geography—settlement patterns and structure • Regions
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.