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:

Course Web Page:

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 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.)

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.

Introduction and Geography Skills
7-18 August

Directions for research presentations
Globes, Maps, and Map Skills
Making Maps
Geology and Landforms
Water Systems
Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)
Human Geography
August 18:  Test 1:  Geography skills

United States and Canada
21 August-1 September
Introduction to Anglo-America
Physical Geography of the USA and Canada

Politics and Economics of North America
Regional Geography of North America
The States and Provinces of the USA and Canada
Urban Geography
28 August:  Map quiz
1  September:  Test 2:  USA and Canada

4  September

Latin America
5-15 September
Introduction to Latin America
Physical Geography of Latin America

History of Latin America
Nations of South America

Politics and Economics of Latin America
People and Cultures of Latin America

11 September:  Map quiz
15 September:  Test 3:  Latin America

18 September-6 October
Introduction to Europ
Physical Geography of Europe

Early European History
World War I

Modern European History

The Cold War

The European Union

Economics and Urban Geography of Europe

September 27:  Map quiz
6  October:  Test 4:  Europe

9-13 October

Middle East
16-27 October
Introduction to the Middle East
Physical Geography of the Middle East

History of the Middle East

Nations of the Middle East

The War on Terror

23 October:  Map Quiz
27 October:  Test 5:  Middle East

30 October-10 November
Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
Physical Geography of Africa
History of Africa
Nations of Post-Colonial Africa
Economics and Politics of Africa

6  November:  Map quiz
10 November:  Test 6:  Africa

13 November-1 December
22-24 November:  THANKSGIVING
Introduction to Asia*
Physical Geography of Asia
27 November:  Map quiz
1  December:  Test 7:  Asia

Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
4-8 December
Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica*
Austral Physical Geography & Ecology
History and Culture of Australia and Oceania
7  December:  Map quiz
8  December:  Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica

Traveling the World Projects and Exam Review
11-15 December
Project Guidelines

Final Exams
18-19 December

20 December 2006-2 January 2007

This page last updated 3 December, 2006.