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SYLLABUS WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY GEO 101, Section 005, Spring 2009 Tuesdays &Thursdays, 5:05pm-6:20pm, WLS 311, 3 Credit Hours INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Margaret. M. Gripshover OFFICE: BGB 307 PHONE: 865-974-6035 E-MAIL : [email protected] OFFICE HOURS: (Unless otherwise posted) Tuesdays, 11:30am-12:30pm; Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm, Thursdays,11:30am-12:30pm, or by appointment. Note: You are strongly encouraged to meet the instructor if you have any questions or problems throughout the semester and appointments are available at times other than listed here. Every attempt will be made to meet your needs. Weekend appointments can be made if necessary.) T.A.’s: REQUIRED TEXTS: 1. Pulsipher, Lydia Mihelic and Alex Pulsipher, World Regional Geography . Fourth Edition (W.H. Freeman: New York) 2008. 2. Rand McNally Premier World Atlas (included with your textbook when purchased new, or any other current college-level atlas if you purchased a used textbook) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: All students must have access to their own personal e-mail/computer account. We will be using e-mail and Internet resources throughout the semester. In particular, [email protected] ( http://online.utk.edu ) will be used extensively as a course resource. All supplemental course materials such as place location lists, assignments, and study guides will be accessed through the course website. I will also post important announcements, updates and other information on the course website. You should check your e-mail on a regular basis for messages pertaining to this course. If you need help understanding how to use the web, please see the instructor for guidance. COURSE OBJECTIVES: Geography 101 is one of two World Regional Geography courses offered at UT, the other being Geography 102. These courses do not have to be taken in sequence. Both courses use the same textbook and workbook. The chapters not covered in Geography 101 are covered in Geography 102. Throughout this semester, you will not only learn about specific world regions but also become more geographically literate and aware of the world around you. We will explore five different world regions, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. Within these regions we will discuss such topics as population, gender, economic development, urbanization, political geography, environmental issues and cultural diversity. Our goals are to gain a better understanding of the complexities of these regions, understand how these regions relate to each other and the world as a whole, and how we influence and are influenced by these seemingly distant places. You will be challenged to view the world in new and innovative ways and to think critically about current global issues.
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