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honours world geography

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instructor:    professor jerry alan sayers

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textbook:    world geography by dr. richard g. boehm, et al.
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objective: the purpose of this course is to provide challenging instruction in world geography, introducing students to people, places, and environments at local, regional, national, and international levels from the spatial and ecological perspectives of geography.


1.    objective and essy tests
2.    projects
3.    presentations
4.    notebooks
5.    maps, quizzes, and other daily grades (each daily grade counts as 20% of a test grade.)

in recognition of the challenges posed by an honours course, three points will be added to each student’s final grade.

extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

work is late if it is not ready to be handed in at the beginning of class (unless otherwise instructed).  late work will receive a penalty of 5 points per day.  missed exams must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. exams may require an hour and a half, so always be present on exam day! 


1.    be punctual.
2.    respect the rights of others.
3.    be honest.
4.    be prepared:  bring materials to class each day.
5.    keep the room clean.
6.    stay awake and participate.  sleeping or other inattention may result in a daily grade of zero.
7.    quid pro quo  
2006 fall session

in case of inclement weather, all lecture dates may move back one day for each day missed.  presentation dates will not change; if a presentation date is missed due to weather or illness, students should be prepared to give the presentation on the first day back in school.

dates marked in bold may each have two presentations

aug 7     welcome
aug 8     introduction
aug 9     map skills
aug 10    making maps
aug 11   
geology and landforms (slides)

aug 14    water systems
aug 15   
wind, weather, and climate (slides)
aug 16    human geography
aug 17    review
aug 18    test 1:  geography skills

aug 21   
introduction to anglo-america
aug 22   
physical geography of the usa and canada
aug 23    american explorers and expansionism
aug 24   
early history of north america
aug 25   
modern history of north america

aug 28   
regional geography of north america "nine nations" response paper (map quiz)
aug 29   
the states and provinces of the usa and canada
aug 30    urban geography
aug 31   
politics and economics of north america and review
sep  1    test 2:  usa and canada

sep  4    labor day
sep  5    introduction to latin america

sep  6    physical geography of latin america

sep  7    history of latin america

sep  8   
the rain forest and other ecology

sep 11   
nations of south america (map quiz)
sep 12   
politics and economics of latin america
sep 13    people and cultures of latin america
sep 14    review   
sep 15    test 3:  latin america

sep 18    introduction to europe

sep 19    physical geography of europe

sep 20    early history of europe
sep 21    world war i

sep 22    all quiet on the western front

sep 25    the beginning of modern history

sep 26    modern european history

sep 27    the cold war (map quiz)
sep 28    stalin
sep 29    stalin

oct  2    the european union

oct  3    people and cultures of europe

oct  4    economics and urban geography of europe
oct  5    review
oct  6    test 4:  europe

fall break

oct 16    introduction to the middle east
oct 17    physical geography of the middle east
oct 18    history of the middle east
oct 19    middle eastern nations
oct 20    not without my daughter

oct 23    people and cultures of the middle east (map quiz)
oct 24    nations of the middle east
oct 25    the war on terror
oct 26    review
oct 27    test 5:  middle east

oct 30    introduction to sub-saharan africa

oct 31    physical geography of africa

nov  1    history of africa

nov  2    nations of post-colonial africa

nov  3    people and cultures of africa

nov  6    economics and politics of africa
(map quiz)
nov  7    no school
nov  8    the land and wildlife of africa
nov  9    review
nov 10    test 6:  africa

nov 13    introduction to asia

nov 14    physical geography of asia

nov 15    history of south asia
nov 16    history of east asia

nov 17    world war ii

nov 20    history of southeast asia

nov 21    the war in vietnam

nov 22    thanksgiving
nov 23    thanksgiving
nov 24    thanksgiving

nov 27    economics and politics of asia
(map quiz)
nov 28    two chinas, two koreas, japan and the usa

nov 29    wildlife and ecology of asia
nov 30    review
dec  1    test 7:  asia

dec  4    introduction to australia, oceania, & antarctica
dec  5    austral physical geography & ecology
dec  6    history and culture of australia and oceania
dec  7    review (map quiz) *
dec  8    test 8:  australia, oceania, & antarctica

dec 11    traveling the world (class presentations)
dec 12   
traveling the world (class presentations)
dec 13   
traveling the world (class presentations)
dec 14    review
dec 15    review

dec 18    exams
dec 19    exams

this page last updated 3 december, 2006.
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