Description: This is a college level course covering a systematic study of the earth. The course covers seven different units including such topics as: how to think geographically and use maps, population issues, cultural patterns, political organization of space, agricultural and rural land use, industrialization and economic development, and cities and urban land use. Much is expected of you in this course. There is large quantity of reading from both the textbook and other materials.
Course Content: The course will include text and supplementary reading, use and constructions of maps, population pyramids, and geographic surveys. Active reading with note taking and focused writing are components of the course. In addition to learning about specific geographers, geographic theories, and a working geographic vocabulary students will be introduced to the following seven topics as outlined by the College Board:
1. Geography, its Nature and Perspectives: students learn about the different approaches to geography, acquire a working vocabulary that will be applied though the content unit.
2. Population and Migration: location, distribution, density, patterns, structure, cycles of change, birth/death rates, migration, refugees, and government policies.
3. Language: sources of language, its diffusion, roots, Language Families & dialects and place-names.
4. Religion/Ethnicity: origins & distributions of world religions, diffusion patterns & influences, cultural landscapes, culture and conflict.
5. Political Organization: evolving nations and states, state organization, national power, boundary types, functions, & disputes, federal & unitary governments, EU, UN, and Maritime boundaries.
6. Agriculture: transformation from ancient to modern agric. and early dwellings, plant & animal domestication, farming types, 2nd and 3 rd Agricultural Revolutions, development of villages, cash & luxury crops, commercial agriculture, organic sustainable farming.
7. Urbanization: ancient to modern civilization, locations, patterns & structure of cities, megalopolises, megacities, CBD and suburbs. Industrialization: industrial activity & geographic location, resources, regions, globalization, distribution, NAFTA, Maquiladoras, and models of development. Deindustrialization and Globalization: adjusting to our modern world.
In addition to mastering the course content, each student should be prepared to pass the Advanced Placement Examination in May (optional to take it). Students scoring well enough on the exam may receive college credit at the university level.