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GEG 10 Introduction to Human Geography

De Anza College
Winter 2000

(Last updated January 18, 2000)

This course uses computer technology extensively. You are encouraged to learn how to access the internet, and to have an e-mail account to correspond with me. This course uses the World Wide Web and other computerized graphics & text tools. The class webpage can be accessed by typing the following address into an internet browser:

Instructor: Alan Forsberg.

Office hours: in room F21d every Wed. 5:00-6:00 p.m. or by appointment.
Tel:408-864-5700 ext.8430

Course description and objectives

Geography is both a natural and a social science which examines issues of location and process on the earth's surface. This introductory course will emphasize the social dimension of geography including human influences on the environment. The main goals this quarter are to help you to understand your world and how you fit in personally, locally, regionally, nationally, and globally. You will learn more about the relationships which exist between people everywhere, how resources are exploited and distributed across the globe, how the diffusion of phenomena cause distant places and cultures to influence one another, and how societies shape and are shaped by the natural environment.

Geography 10 requires substantial reading, writing and data interpretation. The development of critical thinking skills is also emphasized. This all means that I don't expect you to agree with, or to memorize and recite the readings, but rather to read carefully and form your own opinions and perspectives about the material. The successful student will become more aware of the dynamics of our 'global' society and learn to see problems and their solutions more holistically.

What to expect: To complete this course with a satisfactory grade you must carefully follow directions, complete and turn in all assignments on time, be well prepared for weekly quizzes (keep up on reading and study maps over time), demonstrate a mastery of geographic concepts and readings, apply geographic concepts, attend and participate in class. 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 discussion and in their approach to the computer work & presentations.

For all work handed in save a copy. If you hand it in on paper-please write GEG 10, section number, FORSBERG, your name, and the date; For material handed in on disc - hand in a copy and please write on the disc your name, what assignment it is, and what the name of the file iswhich platform - 'Mac' or 'PC'. To e-mail me please give a detailed subject and always save a copy. Any late assignments should be handed in to me personally, or sent to my campus mailbox. Weekly quizzes cannot be made up without prior approval or a written medical or family emergency excuse, but the lowest weekly quiz grade will be dropped. Make-up assignments and exams should be arranged in advance when possible, and will probably be all essay. It is very important that you do your best on all class work and turn it in, because, even the lowest grade is much better than a zero. For example, if you earned a B+ (3.4) on the midterm and quizzes but did no presentation or computer work, you would earn a low C (2.4). Skip the final as well and you may not pass. Any student who has questions, or who requires extra help for whatever reason should never hesitate to stop by to see me during my office hours, or schedule an appointment to see me.

If you need reasonable accommodations based on a documented disability, have emergency information to share or require special arrangements in case of emergency evacuation, please make a confidential appointment with me within the first two weeks of class.

Any student who misses more than six classes may be dropped from the course.


Texts (both textbooks are required reading)

Grade breakdown

Two essay exams: (15% each) Midterm and Final Exam (non-cumulative).

6 weekly quizzes (drop your lowest score)

5 assignments - (worth 60 points each, complete 5 out of 10)

 Class participation (Daily Attendance Summary Questions)

 TOTAL (based on a total of 1000 points)


 A = 900-1000 pts.  B = 800-899 pts.   C = 700-799 pts.  D = at least 600 pts.

Schedule of Assigned Readings
Class calendar