Syllabus for Geography 6: World Regional Geography
Jared Diamond, Professor of Geography and of Environmental Health Sciences
Lilia Illes and Nicholas Bauch
Subject of the course
One of the most important single factors influencing a person’s life is the
place where he or she was born and spends his or her life. For instance, Americans, Haitians,
Swiss, Rwandans, Iraqis, and South Koreans differ greatly, on the average, in their annual
incomes, life expectancies, daily calorie intakes, and access to medical care and education. The
reasons for these differing outcomes are fascinating, complex, debated, and vitally important to
us as individuals and to world politics. World regional geography examines the differing
environments and histories of different regions of the world, in order to understand why
geography has such a big impact on our lives.
Note: There is an enrollment restriction
for this course (see below).
is Professor of Geography, Public Health, and Physiology at UCLA. His four
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Why Is Sex Fun?
The Third Chimpanzee
have won a Pulitzer Prize, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and (twice) Britain’s
Science Book Prize. His many other awards include the National Medal of Science, the Tyler
Prize for Environmental Achievement, and three UCLA teaching awards. For the last 40 years,
he worked especially on biological membranes and on New Guinea birds, and has now shifted