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%



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.

Directions for research presentations

Introduction and Geography Skills
6-17 August

Globes, Maps, and Map Skills
Making Maps
Geology and Landforms
(slides)
Water Systems
Wind, Weather, and Climate (slides)
Human Geography

August 17:  Test 1:  Geography skills

United States and Canada
20-31 August

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

27 August:  Map quiz
31 August:  Test 2:  USA and Canada

LABOR DAY
3 September

Latin America
4-14 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


10 September:  Map quiz
14 September:  Test 3:  Latin America

Europe
17 September-5 October

Introduction to Europe
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 26:  Map quiz
5 October:  Test 4:  Europe

FALL BREAK
9-13 October

Middle East
15-29 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


22 October:  Map Quiz
29 October:  Test 5:  Middle East


Africa
30 October-9 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
9 November:  Test 6:  Africa

Asia
12-30 November
22-24 November:  THANKSGIVING

Introduction to Asia
Physical Geography of Asia


26 November:  Map quiz
30 November:  Test 7:  Asia

Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
3-7 December

Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica *
Austral Physical Geography & Ecology
*
History and Culture of Australia and Oceania
*

6  December:  Map quiz
*
7  December:  Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica

Traveling the World Projects and Exam Review
10-14 December
Project Guidelines

Final Exams
17-18 December

CHRISTMAS
19 December 2006-2 January 2007





This page last updated 2 December, 2007.