CCOG for GEO 106 Summer 2024

Course Number:
GEO 106
Course Title:
World Regional Geography
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Course Description

Examines the human and environmental factors shaping world regions. Includes information on spatial patterns of economic development, natural resources, international trade, population and migration, and cultural landscapes. Analyzes each region as part of the larger global community, with specific emphasis on current issues and trends. 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 should be able to:

  • Apply geographic concepts and theories to explain current world events.
  • Analyze human, cultural, and environmental processes and their prevailing geographic patterns.
  • Examine variations in human and physical features within and between world regions.
  • Analyze the relationship between human culture and physical environment at local, regional, and global scales.

Social Inquiry and Analysis

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.

General education philosophy statement

Human Geography examines the spatial and temporal relationships between people, places and the environment. By examining this relationship, students gain an understanding of the development of human societies, including their culture, economy and politics, and how that intersects with the physical environment. Core geographic concepts such as location, regions, place, scale, and patterns, are analyzed on multiple scales (global, regional, and local) and through a multicultural lens. Students gain a deeper understanding of cultures and places that are different from their own, providing a foundation for breaking down prejudices and making more informed decisions. This creates more socially aware and responsible global citizens.

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

  • Mapping activities

  • Class assignments and exercises

  • Conducting research

  • Field observation exercises and projects

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Defining regions

  • Maps, scales, and projections

  • Population characteristics

  • Cultural landscapes

  • Movement and settlement patterns

  • Development and Globalization

  • Human-environment interactions

  • Spatial distributions of environmental, cultural, and political processes.