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.
*Recently updated or uploaded items are marked with a red asterisk.*

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  
2007 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.

Directions for research presentations

Introduction and Geography Skills
3-19 January
NO SCHOOL 15 January

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

January 19:  Test 1:  Geography skills

United States and Canada
22 January-2 February
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

29 January:  Map quiz
2  February:  Test 2:  USA and Canada

Latin America
5-16 February
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

12 February:  Map quiz
16 February:  Test 3:  Latin America

19 February-9 March
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

February 28:  Map quiz
9 March:  Test 4:  Europe

12-16 March

Middle East
19-30 March
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

26 March:  Map Quiz
30 March:  Test 5:  Middle East

2-13 April
Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
Physical Geography of Africa

History of Africa

Nations of Post-Colonial Africa

Economics and Politics of Africa

9 April:  Map quiz
13 April:  Test 6:  Africa

16 April-3 May
Introduction to Asia
Physical Geography of Asia

26 April:  Map quiz
3  May:  Test 7:  Asia

Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
4-11 May
Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica *
Austral Physical Geography & Ecology
History and Culture of Australia and Oceania
9  May:  Map quiz *
11  May:  Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica

Traveling the World Projects and Exam Review
14-22 May

Project Guidelines

Final Exam
23 May

This page last updated 6 MAy, 2007.