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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: GEOG 101
Course Title: *Introduction to Geography
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

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 ANTH 101. G.E. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

An Introduction to Geography
By Getis, A., Getis, J., & Fellman, J.D. (McGraw-Hill)
An Introduction to Geography: People, Places, and Environment
By Bergman, E.F., & Renwick, W.H. (Prentice Hall)
Diversity Amid Globalization
By Rowntree, Les, Martin Lewis, et al.
Goode’s World
By Atlas Hudson, J.C., & Eppenshade, E.B., Jr. (Rand McNally)
Microsoft ENCARTA: Interactive World Atlas, CD-ROM
Course Objectives

• 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.

Measurable Learning

• 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.

Topical Outline:

• 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

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Yngve Digernes Date: August 22, 2011
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.

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