WORLD GEOGRAPHY
SYLLABUS
SPRING 2008

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:    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:

    1.    Maps and other worksheets count as one grade each.
    2.    Quizzes count as two map grades each.
    3.    Notebooks checks count as three map grades each.
    4.    Projects and presentations count as five map grades each.
    5.    Tests (objective and essay) count as five map grades each.

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, and must be submitted within five days of the due date.  Missed tests must be made up within three days of a student’s return to school. Tests may require an hour and a half, so always be present on test days! 


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  
 
2008 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
2-17 January

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

January 17:  Test 1:  Geography skills

United States and Canada
18 January-1 February
NO SCHOOL 21 January

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

Latin America
4-14 February

Introduction to Latin America
Physical Geography of Latin America

Nations of South America

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


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

Europe
15 February-7 March

Introduction to Europe
Physical Geography of Europe

World War I

The European Union
*
Economics and Urban Geography of Europe


February 27:  Map quiz
7 March:  Test 4:  Europe

SPRING BREAK
10-14 March

Middle East
17-28 March

Introduction to the Middle East
Physical Geography of the Middle East

Nations of the Middle East

The War on Terror


24 March:  Map Quiz
28 March:  Test 5:  Middle East

Africa
31 March-14 April

Introduction to Sub-Saharan Africa
Physical Geography of Africa

Nations of Post-Colonial Africa

Economics and Politics of Africa


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

Asia
15 April-2 May

Introduction to Asia
Physical Geography of Asia


23 April:  Map quiz
2  May:  Test 7:  Asia

Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
5-9 May

Introduction to Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica
Austral Physical Geography & Ecology

History and Culture of Australia and Oceania


8  May:  Map quiz
9  May:  Test 8:  Australia, Oceania, & Antarctica

Traveling the World Projects and Exam Review
12-21 May

Final Exams
22 May

SUMMER BREAK




This page last updated 5 March, 2008.