GEOG 303.72 Geography and World Affairs

Syllabus


Fall 2013                                                           Dr. Scott Brady
Office: 523 Butte Hall                                         Location: Cyberspace      

Office Hours: MWF 12-1:40

Phone: 898-5588                                      
 sbrady@csuchico.edu

 

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]


General Education:

THEME G: GLOBAL ISSUES 

 

Course Description:

This course is a geographical survey of several of the world's major regions with emphasis on those features important to an understanding of cultural differences and economic and human sustainability. 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. 


Course Objectives:


Course Format: This is an online readings course.  We never meet.  We read, do exercises, take 4 exams and write a paper.  Students may utilize the chat room feature on our Vista site.  I will not monitor chats and they will not be graded.  Students should utilize the chat room as a support tool.  You can exchange questions, information and helpful hints in the chat room. 


Email: Students should utilize the email feature on our Vista site for all communication with me. Sometimes students ask questions that are shared by other students.  In such cases, I'll post my answer as an announcement on the Vista site.


Office Hours:  I also will use office hours to answer students’ email inquiries. This will require patience. Students should not expect immediate responses to emails. I will respond only during office hours.


Website: will regularly update the course website.  Students must visit the site to be aware of changes and additions.  You will find links to websites embedded in each week of the course.  I will also post questions beneath these links that will guide your viewing of these sites.  The information that I guide you to will be covered on exams.


Readings: 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.


Question Sets:  To ensure that students keep up with the assigned readings, students must complete question sets that guide them through assigned textbook readings. You do not turn in question sets to be graded.  You simply complete them to prepare yourself for the exams.  I post question set keys every week or so, so that you may check your answers against mine.


Atlas Exercises: Students will complete several atlas exercises during the course.  These are self-directed exercises that you will not turn in to me.  Similar to questions sets, I post keys every week or so, so that you may check your answers against mine.  I use atlas exercise to create exam questions.


Exams: There are 4 exams.  They are open book exams that include information from the readings, question sets, atlas exercises other materials that I direct you to through the web-site.  Exams contain 20-25 multiple choice/short answer questions.  I will make exams available for a 2-day period. Students will have ~60 minutes to complete exams.


Make-up Exams: I do not allow students to make-up missed exams.


Optional Research Project: Students have the option of completing a research project in this course.  The research project is an annotated bibliography of at least 1500 words. It has two parts: a proposal and the final project. The instructions for the proposal are at this link. The instructions for the final project are at this link. Here's a past example of an annotated bibliography: link.       Students will turn in this project in the body of an email, not as an email attachment.  You will send your proposal and annotated bibliography to my email address: sbrady@csuchico.edu.


Plagiarism: Unfortunately, students have committed plagiarism on their annotated bibliographies during past semesters.  They copied work from an online source and presented it as their own.  I referred these students to judicial affairs and asked that they receive the most severe penalty.  I will continue to do so. 

The University catalogue http://www.csuchico.edu/catalog/cat05/ includes an overly general description of activities that constitute plagiarism.  I have included it below.  

"Plagiarism: Copying homework answers from your text to hand in for a grade; failing to give credit for ideas, statement of facts, or conclusions derived from another source; submitting a paper downloaded from the Internet or submitting a friend's paper as your own; claiming credit for artistic work (such as a music composition, photo, painting, drawing, sculpture, or design) done by someone else."

You must use in-text citations to give credit to your sources.  If you have any questions about plagiarism, please contact me.


Grades:

Academic Policies and Regulations

Final grades are based on % of 200 or 250 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

Exam 3

50 points

Exam 4

50 points

Research Project

  50 points

Total

250 points

 

If you choose not to complete the research project, your grade will be based on 4 exams. See below

 

Exam 1

50 points

 

Exam 2

50 points

 

Exam 3

50 points

 

Exam 4

50 points

 

Total

200 points


Required Materials:

CSU-Chico's bookstore will have these books.  You should also bargain shop online.  I like http://www.abebooks.com/

 


Online Resources:

Language, Vocabulary and Esoterica

Magazines and Newspapers

Maps

Population

Religion


Tentative Schedule:


Week 1: (8/26-8/30)

Course requirements; Introduction to Geography

 

Question Set 1: From Concepts and Regions in Geography.

Key

 

Question Set 2: From Power of Place.

Key

 

Remember that you do not turn this question set or any others to me for grading.


Week 2: (9/2-9/6)

Monday = Labor Day. No class.

Europe

Question Set 3: From Concepts and Regions in Geography.

Key
 

Question Set 4: From Power of Place.

Key


Europe Atlas Exercise

Key

 

Web Resources:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/europe/europe_ref01.jpg


Week 3: (9/9-9/13) Europe

Annotated Bibliography information: I have received questions about topics for this assignment.  I allow a wide range of topics because I want students to research a topic that interests them.   My only restrictions are that the topic must be focused in a region that we study this semester and the topic must be mappable.  We will study Europe, Middle America, South America and North Africa/Southwest Asia this semester.

I encourage you to send me any ideas that you have for the assignment.  I'll let you know if you are on the right track.

Also, I will not accept proposals about human trafficking this semester.

 

Required Online Reading:
The two links below contain information about immigration to Europe.  Read them and consider the parallels between migration of laborers to the US and EU.

 

Europe's Back Doors. 

http://www.trinity.edu/jdunn/billysjourney.htm

 

Required Reading

 

Question Set 5: From Power of Place.

Key

 

 

Web Resources
European Union Map



Week 4: (9/16-9/20) Europe

 

Hey Folks.  Exam 1 will be available at our Blackboard site from 8 am, Monday, September 23 until 5 pm, Tuesday, September 24.  

 

I will post an announcement on our Blackboard site with more details next week. 

 

At this link you will find some sample questions from past exams: link

 

 

Atlas Exercise #2.

Key

 


Required Online Readings:
The seven links below provide information about the growing Europe’s growing Muslim population.  I will not post a question set for these articles. However, I will test you on the material.  So read them closely.

1. http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/An-Uncertain-Road-Muslims-and-the-Future-of-Europe.aspx

 

The story at this link will inform you about the growing population of Muslims in the EU.  You are not required to read the complete report pdf at this link

 

2. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7251378.stm

The story at this link describes a past controversy between European newspapers and leaders and the Islamic world. This story was among the first that indicated the tension that had developed among Muslims in Europe, Europeans and Arab countries.

3. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/7232661.stm

The story at this link demonstrates Islam's growing influence in Great Britain.

 

4. and 5. The two articles below report on recent comments made by leaders of Germany, France and Great Britain about the failures of Europe’s policy of multiculturalism.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12381027

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-12376304

 

6. http://www.pewforum.org/Muslim/Muslim-Networks-and-Movements-in-Western-Europe.aspx

This link provides the most recent demographic data about Europe’s Muslims.  It also discusses the real and false links between European Muslims and Muslim networks and terrorism.

 

7. http://www.aeonmagazine.com/world-views/ronan-mccrea-secular-europe/

The story at this link demonstrates how Europe is becoming more secular in the face of the increase of its Muslim population.

 

 

Annotated Bibliography Proposal Due on Friday, September 27.

 

 


Week 5: (9/23-9/27)

Hey Folks.  Exam 1 will be available at our Blackboard site from 8 am, Monday, September 23 until 5 pm, Tuesday, September 24.  

Exam 1 will not cover material below this line.

 

Middle America

Question Set #6: From Chapter 4 in Concepts and Regions in Geography.

Key

 

Atlas exercise
Key

 

Required Online Reading  
History Moving North
http://www.igc.org/dbacon/Portrait/01MaLife.htm


 

Sample exam questions

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 6: (9/30-10/4) Middle America continued

Required Readings

Potter R. & Lloyd-Evans S. 1997. “Sun, Fun and a Rum Deal: Perspectives on Development in the Caribbean”, FOCUS on Geography Vol. 44:  pp. 19-26.

Question Set #7:  

Key

 

Abridged chapter from Jared Diamond’s “Collapse”. http://www.theglobalist.com/StoryId.aspx?StoryId=4776

  

Question Set #8:

Key

 

 

Babb, F. 2011.Che, Chevys, and Hemingway's Daiquiris: Cuban Tourism in a Time of Globalisation.” Bulletin of Latin American Research,Volume 30, Issue 1, p. 50–63.

  

Question set #9:

Key

 


Week 7: (10/7-10/11) Middle America  

Required Readings and Viewing.

Documentary: “Life and Debt”. Available on our Blackboard site in the “Media Gallery”.

Life and Debt Question set #10

Key

Tormented Isthmus, from The Economist. April 14th, 2011.

         Question set

         Key

         Map that accompanied the article

 


Week 8: (10/14-10/18) South America

 

Question set #11: From Chapter 5 in Concepts and Regions in Geography.

Key

 

Question Set #12: From Power of Place.

Key

 

 

Atlas exercise

Key

 

 

 

Hello Onliners. Read the articles at the 3 links below to learn about the role of coca in Andean South America.

 

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=94518300

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6934807.stm

http://www.democracyctr.org/blog/2010/03/usbolivia-drug-show.html

 


Week 9: (10/21-10/25) South America 

Hey Folks.  Exam 2 will be available at our Blackboard site from 8 am on Tuesday October 29 until 5 pm on Wednesday, October 30.  

 

 

Exam Two Study Guide

 

Plan Colombia is a US-Colombia plan that came about during the Clinton administration and extended until 2005. The US government provided more than $4 billion to Colombia’s government to combat cocaine production and trafficking.  More 75% of US aid was targeted toward military support in Colombia.  Read this report from the US government’s Government Accountability Office (GAO). It is a report on the successes and failures of Plan Colombia

GAO Report on Plan Colombia 

 

And finally, view this 25-minute video. Shoveling Water, from Witness for Peace, which details the consequences of one aspect of Plan Colombia

http://witnessforpeace.org/article.php?id=705


I want to conclude our look at South America by considering the region's most provocative figure, the late Hugo Chavez.  Read the two articles at the links below to learn how Chavez used his country's petroleum reserves to influence global geo-politics.

http://www.coha.org/press-release-a-suggestion-to-president-hugo-chavez-reevaluate-your-alliances/
 

http://www.coha.org/china-in-search-of-energy-security-chavez-lays-out-the-welcome-mat/


 

 Week 10: (10/28-11/1)

Hey Folks.  Exam 2 will be available at our Blackboard site from 8 am on Tuesday October 29 until 5 pm on Wednesday, October 30.  

Exam 2 will not cover material below this line.

 

Required Non-online reading:

1. Question Set  from Power of Place.

Key

 

2. 1st Question set from Hot, Flat and Crowded

Key

 

3. 2nd Question set from Hot, Flat and Crowded

Key


Week 11: (11/4-11/8)

Exam Three will be available at our Blackboard site from 8am on Tuesday, November 19 until 5pm on Wednesday, November 20. 

4. 3rd Question set from Hot, Flat and Crowded

Key

 

5. 4th Question set from Hot, Flat and Crowded

Key

 

6. 5th Question set from Hot, Flat and Crowded

Key

 


Week 12: (11/11-11/15)

Exam Three will be available at our Blackboard site from 8am on Tuesday, November 19 until 5pm on Wednesday, November 20. 

Exam 3 Study Guide

 

Monday=Veterans’ Day. No class

Required Non-online reading:

 

7. Question Set for Part One of Chapter 6 in Power of Place.

Key

 

8. Question Set for Part Two of Chapter 6 in Power of Place.

Key

 


Week 13: (11/18-11/22)

Exam Three will be available at our Blackboard site from 8am on Tuesday, November 19 until 5pm on Wednesday, November 20. 

Exam Three will not include material found below this line.

 

Please view the animation at the link below to see an introduction to this realm:

http://www.mapsofwar.com/images/EMPIRE17.swf

 

1. Question set #16 From Chapter 7 in Concepts and Regions in Geography.

Key

 

Atlas exercise

Key

 

 


Web Resources:
 
PASSIA: Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs - Jerusalem
http://www.mideastweb.org/maps.htm

http://www.mideastweb.org/mrefugees.htm
http://www.islamicity.com/mosque/pillars.shtml

http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html


Week 14: 11/25-11/29

Thanksgiving Week


Week 15: (12/2-12/6) North Africa/Southwest Asia

North Africa/Southwest Asia

 

Required Readings:
I want you to read the article at the link below. The first link is the actual article from the Armed Forces Journal and suggests what the map of the Middle East might look like since the US has departed from Iraq. The second is a link to the map that he discusses in the article.  Also be sure to keep in mind how Peters’ solution is similar to what DeBlij discussed in Power of Place.  Here’s an excerpt from the pertinent QS key:

5. Explain what DeBlij means when he suggests that social-spatial engineeringmight prevent political conflict.

Some areas of persistent conflict are complicated by state boundaries that European powers drew and which grouped a diverse, sometimes antagonistic, collection of ethnic groups within one state. Violent political strife can persist in states where these different groups have resisted integration. DeBlij cites a study that suggests that the best solution might be to redraw international boundaries according to geocultural regions.  The creation of South Sudan is a case of social-spatial engineering. Its too soon to determine whether it has worked.

Imagine the issues that would arise should the UN decide to redraw the boundaries of Iraq so that Kurds, Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims each have their own states.  Also, consider how current violence between these groups makes one consider such a difficult solution.”



2. 303petersmiddleeast.htm


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Ralph_Peters_solution_to_Mideast.jpg

 

 

Chapter 3 of Power of Place focuses on religion. To understand North Africa and The Middle East, I want you to revisit this chapter. This material will be covered on Exam 4.

 

3. Question Set: from Part One of Chapter 3 of Power of Place.

Key

 

 

4. Question Set  from Part Two of Chapter 3 Power of Place.

Key

 

 

5. Friedman’s Take on Bin Laden’s Death

No QS

 


Week 16: (12/9-12/13)

 

 

Required Readings:

 

6. The Arab Spring at One. By: Ajami, Fouad, Foreign Affairs, 00157120, Mar/Apr2012, Vol. 91, Issue 2

 

Question Set

Key

 

Chapter 3 of Power of Place focuses on religion. To wrap up our look at global issues I want you to revisit Chapter 1 of Power of Place. This material will be covered on Exam 4.

 

7. Question Set: from Part One of Chapter 1 of Power of Place.

Key

 

8. Question Set: from Part Two of Chapter 1 of Power of Place.

Key

 

 

Exam Four Study Guide

 

 

Example of annotated bibliography

This link
http://www.aallnet.org/products/2004-47.pdf no longer works.  It used to lead to an example of an annotated bibliography that a student copied during a previous semester.  The primary lesson is do not copy or plagiarize.
 
This week you should make final edits and complete your annotated bibliographies.  They are due on Friday, .  Be certain to review the assignment instructions above and the description about plagiarism.  If you have any questions, contact me. You must turn your paper into turnitin.com before turning it in to me. 
The instructions for Turnitin.com are at this link. This is a required part of your annotated bibliography assignment.  You should submit your paper to turnitin.com 3 or 4 days before so that you will have time to correct any errors.

The due date for your annotated bibliography is Monday, December 9th.




 Week 17: (12/16-12/20)

Final Exam Week


Exam Four will be available from Monday at 8am until Friday at 5pm,
not Friday at midnight.