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Instructor: Alan Forsberg

Office: 112 Johnston Hall, Office Hours: Tuesday 2:00-3:00pm, Friday 12:00-1:00pm

Lecture: Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-2:00pm (Rm. 202)

Discussion Sections: T 11:10am-noon (Rm B6), Th 11:10am-noon (Rm B6), Fr 11:10am-noon (Rm 101)


This course is intended as an introduction to human and cultural geography, exploring the changing relationships between people, culture and the environment. The broad perspective provided by geography will serve as our framework for analysis of some of the world's most pressing issues, including population growth versus resources, environmental degradation, forces of globalization and the rising geopolitical force of national identity. This course is intended to:

1. provide you with an understanding of the ways in which people organize and arrange their activities on the earth's surface, and

2. increase your awareness of the interconnectedness of culture, economy and the environment.

Lecture topics will be illustrated by case studies, and supplemented by videos and slide presentations. It is mandatory to attend lectures and discussion sections, since I will be presenting material that may not be available in the textbook or readings and for which you are responsible in exams. In addition to the prescribed textbook, you are also responsible for a set of readings from the course reader.

Class policies:

· Reading assignments should be completed prior to class.

· Make-up exams are allowed only under extenuating circumstances and must be arranged with me prior to the scheduled date of exam.

· No form of cheating or plagiarism will be tolerated. You are probably a conscientious student who would never think of cheating, but less prudent students found cheating will receive a grade F for the exam/assignment and in case of recurrence, an F for the course.


1. Two mid-term exams: Tuesday, October 3, 2000, Thursday November 9, 2000 (both in class): each worth 20% of grade.

2. Discussion sections: The purpose of the discussion sections is to extend ideas discussed in lectures, explore new ideas and promote group discussion on matters relating to lectures and reading materials. Your attendance and participation is essential. Section grades are based on take-home assignments. Assignments will not be accepted late.
four assignments (10% each): 40% of grade

3. Final exam: Thursday, December 14, 2000 (1:00pm - 4:00pm): 20% of grade

I do not use a curve for grading. If everyone does great work, everyone will get good grades.

Grading standards: 90-100%=A 80-89.9%=B 70-79.9%=C 60-69.9%=D <60%=F

I will assign + and - for the letter grades A through C (there is no A+ , since A indicates excellence)

There are no extra credit assignments for this class.

Required texts:

 1. Human Geography, Places and Regions in Global Context 2/ed, by Paul L. Knox and Sallie A. Marston, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, 2001.


2. Geography 4: Course Readers.

The Course Readers (including journal articles, chapters from books) are available at Copy Central, 2431 Durant Avenue, Berkeley. Ph:(510) 841-6200.

(Store hrs: M-F: 8:00am-6:00pm; Sat, Sun: 10:00am-5:00pm)

*The second course reader covering weeks 11-14 will be available in October.



This syllabus was adapted from a course originally developed by Purba Fernandez.

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