SJSU_g10_syllabus_2010_spring_v5 - San Jos State University...

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San José State University Geography Department Instructor: Edward Collins Office location: Washington Square Hall Room 111 C Telephone: 408-924-5476 Email: Office hours: Tuesday 3:00 – 4:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, 10:30 - 11:30 am Class days/time: Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, 12 noon to 1:15 pm Section 2: Tuesday, Thursday, 9:00 to 10:15 am Classroom: Clark Hall, Room 224 Prerequisites: None GE/SJSU Studies Category D1 Final Exams MW 12:00 class: Tuesday, May 25 th , 9:45-12:00 TR 9:00 class Thursday, May 20 th , 9:45-12:00 Course Description and Goals Welcome to Geography 010, Cultural Geography! The word “geography” comes from the Greek expression for “writing the earth.” Academically, geography is concerned with (1) describing the surface of the earth; (2) explaining the natural and cultural processes that impact the earth; and (3) exploring the ways in which humans experience, imagine, transform, and are transformed by the world around them. Geographers study the relationships between people and the environment. In a world that is becoming increasingly complex and interconnected, geography is an excellent framework for understanding how people, places, and problems are related. Cultural geographers are concerned with important themes: population and migration, language, ethnicity, religion, politics, development, agriculture, urban patterns, globalization, pollution and resource issues. Required Text An Introduction to Human Geography, the Cultural Landscape 9 th edition , by James Rubenstein, Pearson/Prentice Hall publishers, ISBN: 9780132436734. (The bookstore carries the required text packaged with three optional texts.) An unbound edition is also available, ISBN: 9780321616906 Other Reading Material Like the optional texts, my web site contains more information useful in your studies. Useful reading materials include a copy of the syllabus, chapter outlines, class handouts, grading rubrics, electronic reserve articles, and assignment instructions posted at my web site: I have also placed 4 copies of the textbook on reserve in the library, but I recommend that you buy a textbook, outline it for your benefit, and study from that outlined textbook to increase your understanding.
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GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes This class is approved for core General Education social science elective credit in area D1. This class does not assume any prior geographic training. Upon successful completion of this course students should understand the following key concepts: 1. Students will be able to identify and analyze the social dimension of a society as a context for human life, the processes of social change and social continuity, the role of human agency in those social processes, and the forces that engender social cohesion and fragmentation. 2.
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