HONOURS WORLD GEOGRAPHY
SYLLABUS
FALL
2007

Some notes are the same as those used in earlier semesters, while some are updated more frequently.  Be sure to check the date on each page.
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Instructor:    Professor Jerry Alan Sayers

E-mail:        School:  sayersd@jcschools.org
               Home:    dusty@sayersnet.com

Course Web Page:    http://www.sayersnet.com/history

Textbook:    World Geography by Dr. Richard G. Boehm, et al.

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.

Evaluation:
                   Term 1              Term 2

Homework & Class work

15%

12%

Maps

15%

12%

Quizzes

10%

10%

Projects

10%

16%

Notebooks

10%

5%

Tests

40%

30%

Final Exam

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15%


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! 

Rules:

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  
 
2007 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.

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AUG 6     Welcome
AUG 7     Introduction
AUG 8    
Map Skills
AUG 9     Making Maps
AUG 10    Geology and Landforms (slides)

AUG 13   
Water Systems
AUG 14    Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)
AUG 15    Human Geography
AUG 16    Review
AUG 17    Test 1:  Geography skills

AUG 20   
Introduction to Anglo-America
AUG 21    Physical Geography of the USA and Canada
AUG 22    Early History of North America
AUG 23    History of North America
AUG 24    Modern History of North America

AUG 27   
Regional Geography of North America "Nine Nations" response paper (Map Quiz)
AUG 28   
The States and Provinces of the USA and Canada
AUG 29    Urban Geography
AUG 30    Politics and Economics of North America and Review
AUG 31    Test 2:  USA and Canada

SEP  3    LABOR DAY
SEP  4   
Introduction to Latin America
SEP  5    Physical Geography of Latin America
SEP  6    History of Latin America
SEP  7    Nations of Latin America

SEP 10   
Politics and Economics of Latin America (Map Quiz)
SEP 11   
People and Cultures of Latin America
SEP 12    The Rain Forests
SEP 13    Review   
SEP 14    Test 3:  Latin America

SEP 17   
Introduction to Europe
SEP 18    Physical Geography of Europe
SEP 19    Early History of Europe
SEP 20    The Beginning of Modern History *
SEP 21    Modern European History *

SEP 24   
World War I *
SEP 25    All Quiet on the Western Front *
SEP 26    The Cold War (Map Quiz)
SEP 27    Stalin
SEP 28    Stalin

OCT  1    The European Union

OCT  2    People and Cultures of Europe
OCT  3    Economics and Urban Geography of Europe
OCT  4    Review
OCT  5    Test 4:  Europe

FALL BREAK

OCT 15   
Introduction to the Middle East
OCT 16    Physical Geography of the Middle East
OCT 17    History of the Middle East
OCT 18    Middle Eastern Nations
OCT 19    Not Without My Daughter

OCT 22    People and Cultures of the Middle East
(Map Quiz)
OCT 23   
Economics and Politics of the Middle East
OCT 24    The War on Terror
OCT 25    Review
OCT 26    NO SCHOOL


OCT 29   
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  5    People and Cultures of Africa

NOV  6    Economics and Politics of Africa (Map Quiz)
NOV  7    The Land and Wildlife of Africa
NOV  8    Review
NOV  9    Test 6:  Africa

NOV 12   
Introduction to Asia
NOV 13    Physical Geography of Asia
NOV 14    History of South Asia
NOV 15    History of East Asia
NOV 16    World War II

NOV 19    History of Southeast Asia

NOV 20    The War in Vietnam
NOV 21    THANKSGIVING
NOV 22    THANKSGIVING
NOV 23    THANKSGIVING

NOV 26    Economics and Politics of Asia  (Map Quiz)
NOV 27    Two Chinas, Two Koreas, Japan and the USA

NOV 28    Wildlife and Ecology of Asia
NOV 29    Review
NOV 30    Test 7:  Asia

DEC  3   
Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica *
DEC  4    Austral Physical Geography & Ecology *
DEC  5    History and Culture of Australia and Oceania *
DEC  6    Review (Map Quiz) *
DEC  7    Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica

DEC 10   
Traveling the World (Class presentations)
DEC 11   
Traveling the World   (Class presentations)
DEC 12   
Traveling the World (Class presentations)
DEC 13    Review
DEC 14    Review

DEC 17    EXAMS
DEC 18    EXAMS

CHRISTMAS




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