GEOG 102. 01: Introduction to Human Geography
Men are so inclined to content themselves with what is commonest; the spirit and the senses so easily grow dead to the
impressions of the beautiful and perfect, that every one should study, by all methods, to nourish in his mind the faculty of feeling these things. ...For this reason, one ought every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
Goethe, Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. Bk. v, ch. 1 (Carlyle, tr.) [source: Stevenson]
Spring 2013 Dr. Scott Brady
MWF: 10-10:50 Office: 523 Butte Hall
Location: Butte 101 Phone: 898-5588
Office Hours: Office Hours: MWF 11-12:40
Geography Computer Lab: Butte 501
Writing Center http://online.csuchico.edu/public/Writing_Center/
In this course students will learn how the study of human geography, leads to an understanding of the interdependence of places and regions in a globalizing world. Among the topics we will consider during the course are regions, culture, resources, spatial behavior.
How the course fits the Diversity Pathway: This course presents fundamental geographic concepts in the context of the world's places and regions. Special emphasis is placed on factors that link and isolate peoples of the world. The course supports the pathway’s emphasis on understanding the world’s places and regions in a comparative framework, and its focus on interdependencies that emerge from a globalized economy, society, and culture. The course has the Global Cultures designation.
How the course fits the International Studies Pathway: This course presents fundamental geographic concepts in the context of the world's places and regions. Special emphasis is placed on factors that link and isolate peoples of the world. The course supports the pathway’s emphasis on understanding the world’s places and regions in a comparative framework, and its focus on interdependencies that emerge from a globalized economy, society, and culture. The course has the Global Cultures designation.
How the course fits the Sustainability Pathway: This course presents fundamental geographic concepts in the context of the world's places and regions. Special emphasis is placed on factors that link and isolate peoples of the world. The course supports the pathway’s emphasis on sustainability by engaging students in study of the relationship between human populations and the physical world on which they depend. The course has the Global Cultures designation.
Course Student Learning Objectives Associated GE Student Learning Objectives
How Course will Meet GE SLOs: This course will meet three GE SLOs, as noted in the table above. Global engagement will be met by the entire course, which is already a global cultures course. The course will study sustainability as a concept and challenge for humanity across the globe as it interacts with its diverse physical environments. The course focuses on the ability of students to see how the lives they live in one place are affected by and affect the lives of others elsewhere. Students will practice active inquiry in weekly question sets that focus critically on the readings of each week.
Geography and Planning Department Course Student Learner Objectives
1.1 Students can formulate geographic research questions.
2.1. Students can recognize the presence and application of regional, local and global dimensions of the social and physical worlds in the landscape.
2.2. Students can recognize the presence and application of regional, local and global dimensions of the social and physical worlds in data.
3.1. Students can explain interactions between the size and distribution of human and non-human populations, resources and the natural environment in historic and contemporary perspectives.
3.2. Students are cognizant of varying interpretations of causality, interaction, policy and values in human-environmental relationships.
3.3 Student will understand ways in which they use the environment can affect future generations and other human and natural systems.
4.1. Students can analyze information from different physical or social sciences from a geographic perspective.
Guns, Germs, and Steel. Jared Diamond. New York: W.W. Norton, 1999.
The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy. Pietra Rivoli. John Wiley and Sons. 2005
You must buy the 2005 or 2006 edition, which has this ISBN number: ISBN 0-470-03920-5/
Don’t buy the new edition, it costs more and my question sets are written to accompany the 2005 or 2006 edition with the ISBN number above.
You will need the book before April 8.
Goode's World Atlas, 22nd edition.
Online and Reserve readings.
Final grades are based on % of 375-400 total points, earned from the categories below.
A=92-100%; B= 80-91%; C=68-79%; D=50-67%; and F= less than 50%.
Exam 1 50 points
Exam 2 50 points
Final Exam 100 points
Quizzes ~10 X 5 ~50 points
Atlas Exercises ~5 X5 ~25 points
Question sets ~15-20 X 5 ~75-100 points
Writing Assignment 25 points
Total ~375-400 points
Web-site: I will regularly update the course web-site. Students must visit the site to be aware of changes and additions. Students are responsible for information included in the Web Resources portion of the site. This material will covered in examinations.
Attendance: It has been my experience as a student and instructor that there is a strong correlation between attendance and performance. Students who rarely miss a class and actively participate in classroom discussions tend to perform well on tests, quizzes, and in class discussions; students who lack the discipline required for regular attendance tend to perform poorly. I strongly encourage you to attend every class meeting. However, attendance will not affect your final grade.
Make-up Exams: No make-up exams will be given. If a student misses exam 1 or 2 with an appropriate excuse, then the make-up will be the comprehensive final exam, which will then be counted as 150 points. Only one exam can be made up in this fashion. If a student misses a second exam that exam will be recorded as a 0.
Quizzes: Approximately 10 quizzes will be given throughout the semester. They will always occur on Fridays and will be announced on the preceding Monday. There will be no make-up quizzes. Quizzes will cover material from lecture material.
Assignments: Students will complete 1 assignment during the semester, which is worth 25 points. Late assignments will not be accepted. If students will not be in class on an assignment due date, they must turn their assignments in prior to their absence. I will ask students to revise poorly written assignments and grade them only after adequate revision.
Question Sets: To ensure that students keep up with the assigned readings, students must complete question sets that guide them through assigned textbook readings. Students must submit handwritten answers to these questions. Question sets and due dates are posted on the course website. I will not accept question sets after the due date. Students will complete approximately 25 question sets. I will pick up 15-20 of the question sets for grading.
Readings and Participation: A fundamental element of a liberal education is the development of the ability to read critically. Hence, your success in this course largely depends on the amount of time and effort you devote to the assigned readings. To encourage your progress in this matter, during each of our meetings I will ask particular students to lead discussions on the required readings. Every student will get a chance. In addition, test questions will not only be drawn from lecture materials. Rather, a certain number of test questions will pertain to information found in the assigned readings.
Week 1: (1/28-2/1)
1/30 Orientation paper due:
Instructions: Students will turn in a typed, double-spaced, 250-word essay in which they answer the following questions:
1) Why did you enroll in this course?
2) What international experience do you have?
3) What national experience do you have?
4) What do you hope to learn in this course?
5) Which regions of the world most interest you?
6) Who are you?
Question Set: Due 1/30
You must have Guns, Germs and Steel before Wednesday, 1/30.
The question sets that you turn in must be handwritten.
Ultimate answer explains the proximate causes.
Week 2: (2/4-2/8)
Reminder: I do not accept late work. You may, however, turn work in early. Just slide it under my office door, 523 Butte Hall.
GGS Question Set #2: Due 2/4
GGS QS #3: Due 2/6
Friday’s quiz will cover QS 1, 2 and 3 from Guns, Germs and Steel.
GGS Question Set #4: Due 2/8
Week 3: (2/11-2/15)
GGS Question Set #5: Due 2/11
GGS Question Set #6: Due 2/13
GGS Question Set #7: Due 2/15
Week 4: (2/18-2/22)
GGS Question Set #8: Due 2/18
GGS Question Set #9: Due 2/20
GGS Question Set #10: Due 2/22
Review for Exam 1
Exam One on Monday, 2/25
Week 5: (2/25-3/1)
Exam One on Monday
Thematic Maps and Demographics
http://geography.about.com/: This is a good site for maps for your migration history assignment.
Wednesday, 2/27. Bring your atlases to class.
Thematic Map exercise: I will bring this to class on Wednesday. Due 3/1
Web Map Resources:
Week 6: (3/4-3/8) Demographics
Population Atlas Exercise: Due 3/4.
Falling Fertility Question Set: Due 3/6.
Required Online Readings:
The first two links below contain information about immigration to Europe. Read them and consider the parallels between the migration of laborers to the US and EU. Read the article at the third link to understand important recent changes in fertility.
Demographics Web Resources:
Europe's Back Doors Web Resources:
Week 7: (3/11-3/15) US Demographics and Global Languages
Atlas exercise # 3: Due 3/11.
Language Atlas Exercise: Due Wednesday, 3/13
Required reading: What Global Language? This reading is available at this link: http://www.theatlantic.com/past/docs/issues/2000/11/wallraff.htm
Some students have reported problems with the link above. Try this one instead: link.
Question set: Due Friday, 3/15
Language in the news
English and American Accents
It is time for you to purchase The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy. Pietra Rivoli. John Wiley and Sons. 2005.
You must buy the 2005 edition, which has this ISBN number: ISBN 0-470-03920-5/
Don’t buy the new edition, it costs more and my question sets are written to accompany the 2005 edition with the ISBN number above.
You will need the book before April 8.
(3/18-3/22) Spring Break
Week 9: (3/25-3/29)
Geographical Distribution of World Religions
You must know pie chart at the link above.
You must know the geographical distribution of Islam, Hinduism, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism.
Religion in US
Week 10: (4/1-4/5)
No class on Monday in honor of Cesar Chavez Day
Wednesday: Religion and Review for exam.
Friday: We will not meet. Use the time to prepare for the exam.
Exam 2 Monday 4/8
Week 11: (4/8-4/12)
Exam 2 Monday 4/8
Economics Atlas exercise: Due Wednesday, 4/10
Blank World Map: Please print out several copies of this map so that you can take notes on it.
Mountain Pass, Calif
Week 12: (4/15-4/19)
Week 13: (4/22-4/26)
Nan Yang Textiles
How cotton yarn is made
Week 14: (4/29-5/3)
"we are hiring for Recycling. I am currently looking for 4-8 students to work for me. It’s not a glamorous job. But they’re more than welcome to apply at aschico.com. Click on “Student Jobs” on the right. I’m looking for 2 students immediately and 3-5 for the Fall semester.
AS Recycling Operations Coordinator
Week 15 (5/6-5/10)
Conscientious or Ethical Consumerism
Week 16: (5/13-5/17)
Review for exam
Week 17: (5/20-5/24)
Final Exam Week
Final Exam Week Office Hours:
Final Exam: Wednesday, May 22, 10-11:50 Butte 101