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Regions of the world and the way humans live within those regions. Includes physical and cultural characteristics of world regions, how they are similar and how they are different, economic patterns, agriculture, industrial development and population dynamics. Emphasis on today's world and major issues that impact on everyday life. The video series, The Power of Place: World Regional/ Geography, provides insights into a range of geographic issues around the globe. Webbased applications.


Mondays, 6:007:50 pm, meeting in Room 528

Aug. 30, Sept. 20, Oct. 11, Nov. 11, Nov. 22, & Dec 6

Please submit your questions by the Friday before we meet. I will tailor my lecture to your queries and interests.

INSTRUCTOR: Alan Forsberg

It is my educational philosophy that, since GEO-GRAPHY by definition is a description of the world, each student is expected to share their own perspectives, ideas, and experiences through participation in class discussions and activities.

INSTRUCTOR ACCESS: Methods of communication

To disseminate information to you between meetings, I will use both the class webpages and my voice mail message.

Website address:

Please check this number or the website at least once a week! You can also leave me messages here.

Office Hours by appointment.

voicemail: 510-723-6600 ext. 2469)



BOOKS: The following three books will be available at the Chabot Bookstore.

GEOGRAPHY: REALMS, REGIONS, AND CONCEPTS 2000, by H.J. de Blij and Peter 0. Muller, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., ninth edition, *revised 2000.

STUDY GUIDE FOR GEOGRAPHY: REALMS, REGIONS, AND CONCEPTS, by H.J. de BliJ and Peter 0. Muller, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., ninth edition, 2000.

STUDY GUIDE FOR THE POWER OF PLACE: WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY, by Gil Latz, The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Annenberg/CPB Project, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996

TAPES: THE POWER OF PLACE: WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY, The Annenberg/CPB Project These tapes can be viewed on Public Broadcasting, in the library, or rented from the bookstore.

Pencils, colored pencils, and a big eraser (no assignments will be accepted in ink!!)


If you stop attending this class and do not submit a drop card to Admissions and Records by April 2, you will receive an "F". I will not drop or automatically withdraw you, even if you are absent from class meetings. I only drop students who have never attended or participated in this course. You must apply for credit/no credit by September 17.


Assignments and map quizzes from the video tape series, 'The Power of Place: World Regional Geography and the textbook, GEOGRAPHY: REALMS, REGIONS, AND CONCEPTS and their respective study guides will constitute most of the course learning opportunities. Inclass activities will be assigned.

Your grade will be based on assignments, quizzes, and inclass activities.


Each assignment will be a combination of: map exercises and a set of questions on the videos (true/false and multiplechoice, and short answer)

Point(s) will be assigned for each correct answer. Neatness and accuracy on maps are very important.

Each quiz will be based on a blank map from the green textbook study guide, and the locations mentioned in the specific assignment.


Quizzes will mostly be based on locations learned from doing map constructions and from the videos. See assignments for details. Quizzes for each unit will be available in the testing center after the last program of the unit has been broadcast. If you do not take the quizzes in the test center, you will be given the opportunity to make them up at the next class meeting. (Either during break or after class, depending on timing). YOU CANNOT make up past quizzes after they have been given in class.


All parts of an assignment must be submitted at the same time. Assignments must be placed in a large envelope, pocket folder, or a binder. Each late assignment will be penalized 20%. An assignment will be considered late if it is not received by the DATE DUE specified on the attached Course Schedule. Assignments will not be accepted after the date specified on the attached Course Schedule.

Carefully follow the directions on each assignment. Maps should always be done in sharp colored pencil. You must make multiple copies of maps out of the study guides to complete most assignments. Be sure to use the map out of the same book as the assignment!

*Note that due to revisions in the textbook, videos #12 and #13 have been assigned later in the semester to fit in with other videos of the same region, however they will be broadcast as scheduled.

ASSIGNMENT DELIVERY - Assignments can be: handed to me personally at the beginning of class,

- or mailed to me:

Chabot College

Distance Education Center Building 100

25555 Hesperian Boulevard

Hayward, CA 94545 attention: Alan Forsberg

- or delivered to the Chabot Mail Chute in Building 200 (make sure its addressed to the Distance Education Office, attention: Alan Forsberg)

- or delivered personally to the Distance Education Center in Building 100 (be sure they date/time stamp it when you turn it in).

If you have any questions about assignments, delivery, or any aspect of this class, do not hesitate to contact me by e-mail or voice-mail. DO NOT attempt to e-mail me any assignments or send them anywhere but the distance education center.

 Assignments:  70%
 Quizzes:  20%
 Attend/Particip.  10%
 TOTAL  100%

Grades are based on the ratio of cumulative points earned to total points possible (not on the average of individual letter grades): A = 90 to 100% B = 80 to 89.9% C = 70 to 79.9% D = 60 to 69.9% F = Below 60%

Attendance and class participation may be considered for 'borderline' cases. ''Borderline" is defined as a point total producing a ratio within +.5% of the criteria set forth in the grade classification table above.


Put your name on every map and/or paper you submit, not just on the folder or envelope, or the first map in your packet. I dismantle assignments when I grade them. If your name is not on every map and/or paper, I will not be able to assign credit to you because I won't know it is yours.

Use a new map for each question. For example, if your assignment is to complete maps la and lb, two maps are required. This is necessary to make sure your answers are readable. Please put maps in the same order they were assigned.

When you photocopy the maps, do not enlarge or shrink the size of the map. Also, make sure the map copy is clear.

When completing a map exercise in the STUDY GUIDE FOR THE POWER OF PLACE: WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY (yellow book), **use the map provided in that study guide for the map exercise.

When completing a map construction assignment in the STUDY GUIDE FOR GEOGRAPHY: REALMS, REGIONS, AND CONCEPTS (green book), **use the map provided in that study guide for the map construction. Some map constructions will not be turned in, but used to study for quizzes. See assignments for details.

**You must use the blank map in the same book as each assignment. Use the correct map or it will be returned to do it over again. Make extra copies of maps for practice or mistakes.

When you are locating data, close enough is not close enough!! You will be evaluated on accuracy, proper symbolization, neatness, and clarity.

All maps MUST be done very neatly with a very sharp set of colored pencils. Using a fat marker 50 miles wide does not improve your accuracy. You can pack a lot more information onto a map when you use many colors. Accuracy counts!!

You are responsible for all aspects of this course, including inclass activities, handouts, and announcements.

No scheduled makeups for inclass activities. If you miss a class, contact me and pick up class handouts at the distance learning office or online. If you know you are going to have to miss a session, please try to let me know beforehand. Get notes from colleagues who attended.

I need feedback from students on what they need help on, and what is of most interest. Please submit your questions prior to our meetings so I can design my lecture to meet your needs and interests!

*Note that due to revisions in the textbook, videos #12 and #13 have been assigned later in the semester to fit in with other videos of the same region, however they will be broadcast as scheduled.

This syllabus was adapted from the original by Desre Anderes

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