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World Geography

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Instructor: Alan Forsberg
Classroom: A&S 135 - MTR 8:00-10:10am
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 Readings Schedule


This course is intended as an introduction to world 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.

Grade breakdown 

One Midterm and one non-cumulative Final Exam

4 quizzes/class work (drop your lowest score)

 Class participation

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

 Required text:

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