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Course Content and Outcomes Guide for GEO 212 Effective Spring 2021

Course Number:
GEO 212
Course Title:
Geography of Global Issues
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Course Description

Examines human, cultural, and environmental geography placed in context with current issues of social, economic, and political globalization. Includes information on global spatial patterns of agriculture; industrial, post-industrial, and sustainable development; rural-to-urban migration; religious, political and resource conflicts; and cultural landscapes. Uses regional examples to illustrate geographic concepts. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students will be able to:

  • Engage in informed analysis of major issues facing the world today, including issues related to the environment, natural resources, population, human rights, geopolitics, development, and trade.

  • Use maps and other geographic tools and technologies to analyze important global issues in our modern world.

  • Critique local and global economic and political systems with regards to commerce, environmental impact, and social welfare of citizens.

Aspirational Goals

Use knowledge of global issues to be an informed citizen and consumer.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Students will be expected to demonstrate mastery of themes, concepts, issues, competencies and skills by any combination of the following:

  • In-class discussions
  • Exams and quizzes
  • Class labs and exercises
  • Literature reviews
  • Research projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • Development & Sustainability

  • Natural resource use

  • Trade & trade agreements

  • Geopolitics

  • Globalization

  • Human rights

  • Global movements

Competencies and Skills:

  • Analyze spatial patterns

  • Conduct research on current issues

  • Critically examine various sources of information

  • Understand your role in local and global society

  • Effectively communicate about global issues