This course is designed to provide an introduction to Human Geography. This is a course concerned with the way the world’s peoples and their culture interact with the physical regions in which they live to create the resultant cultural landscape. At the heart of the course is an understanding of culture and how such cultural attributes as religion, language, agriculture, folk and popular cultural practices, ethnicity, population, industry, urbanization and political systems manifest themselves on the landscape. Current issues in development and inter and intra regional interaction will be highlighted.
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
- Describe how the world’s physical landscapes may influence patterns of human activity.
- Examine the origin, nature and distribution of the world’s cultural regions and their interaction with their physical environment.
- Explain economic regions as a result of patterns of livelihoods including past and present industrial activity, agricultural systems and service economies.
- Examine a selection of the introductory concepts, models and analytical techniques human geographers apply in a world, regional and local context, to explain patterns of human activity.
- Describe, in depth, the geographical issues and problems in the world today
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.
Course Activities and Grading
Assignments and Exercises
Weekly Reflection Papers
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- Fellmann, Bjelland, Getis and Getis (2010). Human Geography; Landscapes of Human Activity (11th Edition). McGraw Hill.
- Students will be expected to listen to one genre of music and watch one movie each week and report weekly on its nature as it relates to the particular regional culture from which it is drawn.
- For many weeks you are expected to watch a film as part of that week's assignment. All assigned films should be readily available through commercial video rental stores (Blockbuster, Netflix, etc.). It is strongly recommended that you locate the films ahead of time, even if out of sequence, as the film you need may not be available at your preferred video rental store the week you need it.
|Week||SLOs||Readings and Exercises||Assignment(s)|
Topic: Themes and Fundamentals of Cultural/Human Geography
Topic: What is Culture and What is Cultural or Human Geography?
Topic: Population/Demographics in the World Today: Global/Regional/Local
Topic: World Religions
Topic: World Languages
Topic: Folk Culture
Topic: Popular Culture
Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
SLO’s 1, 2 and 4
2, 3, 4
Topic: Agricultural Systems
Topic: Urban Systems
Topic: Political Systems
2, 3, 4
Topic: Industrial Systems
Topic: Patterns of Development and Change
3, 6, 8
Topic: Human Impact on World Systems
Chapters 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13
SLO's 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
COSC Accessibility Statement
Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.
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