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honours world geography
spring 2006

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instructor:    professor jerry alan sayers

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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.


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

extra credit will not be assigned to improve a grade. 

make-up work must be completed within three days, unless other arrangements are made with the instructor.  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.    each time you are off task you will receive a “0” for a daily grade.  one of the zeroes may be worked off.
7.    quid pro quo  
2006 spring 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

jan  4    welcome
jan  5    introduction and map skills
jan  6    map skills

jan  9    making maps
jan 10    no school due to water main breakage
jan 11   
geology and landforms (slides)
jan 12   
making maps
jan 13   
water systems

jan 16    no school
jan 17   
wind, weather, and climate (slides)
jan 18    human geography
jan 19    review
jan 20    test 1

jan 23    introduction to anglo-america

jan 24    physical geography of the usa and canada

jan 25    early history of north america

jan 26    modern history of north america

jan 27    history of north america

jan 30    regional geography of north america
"nine nations" response paper due
jan 31    the states and provinces of the usa and canada (map quiz)
feb  1    urban geography

feb  2   
politics and economics of north america and review
feb  3    test 2:  usa and canada

feb  6    introduction to latin america

feb  7    physical geography of latin america

feb  8    history of latin america
feb  9    nations of south america

feb 10    politics and economics of latin america

feb 13
   people and cultures of latin america (map quiz)
feb 14   
regional geography of latin america
feb 15    the rain forest and other ecology
feb 16    review
feb 17    test 3:  latin america

feb 20    introduction to europe

feb 21    physical geography of europe

feb 22    world war i
feb 23   
all quiet on the western front
feb 24    no school

feb 27   
early european history
feb 28    modern european history
mar  1    the cold war (map quiz)
mar  2    stalin
mar  3    stalin

mar  6    the european union

mar  7    people and cultures of europe

mar  8    economics and urban geography of europe
mar  9    review
mar 10    test 4:  europe

spring break

mar 20    introduction to the middle east

mar 21    physical geography of the middle east
mar 22    history of the middle east
mar 23    middle eastern nations

mar 24    not without my daughter

mar 27    people and cultures of the middle east
(map quiz)
mar 28    economics and politics of the middle east
mar 29    the war on terror
mar 30    review
mar 31    test 5:  middle east

apr  3    introduction to sub-saharan africa

apr  4    physical geography of africa

apr  5    history of africa
apr  6    nations of post-colonial africa

apr  7    people and cultures of africa

apr 10    economics and politics of africa 

apr 11    warfare in africa
(map quiz)
apr 12    the land and wildlife of africa
apr 13    review
apr 14    good friday

apr 17    test 6:  sub-saharan africa

apr 18   
introduction to asia
apr 19    physical geography of asia
apr 20   
history of south asia
apr 21    asian wildlife

apr 24   
history of east asia
apr 25    world war ii
apr 26   
history of southeast asia (map quiz)
apr 27    the war in vietnam
apr 28   
dear america

may  1   
economics and politics of asia
may  2   
two chinas, two koreas, japan and the usa
may  3    review
may  4    test 7:  asia
may  5    introduction to australia, oceania, & antarctica

may  8    austral physical geography & ecology
may  9    history of australia and oceania
may 10    people and cultures of australia and oceania (map quiz) *
may 11    review
may 12    test 8:  australia, oceania, & antarctica

may 15    systems of the world
may 16    traveling the world (microsoft word document format)

may 17    our place in the world
may 18    review
may 19    review

may 22    review
may 23    review
may 24    exams
may 25    exams

this page last updated 4 may, 2006.
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