World Regional Geography
Dr. Gang Xu
or by appointment
B4-206 Mackinac Hall
TR 12:00-3:20 PM
Mackinac Hall B1-114
This course fulfills the GVSU General Education
and Behavioral Sciences) and
Course Content & Objectives
This course provides a survey of the world’s major regions focusing on the global interconnections as
well as diversity among peoples and places around the globe. We will examine the distinctive
geographic features of each world region, its changing roles in the global system, and the major
environmental and societal problems its people are facing. The format for class time will consist of
lectures, videos, discussions, and in-class exercises.
Overall this is a perspective-broadening course. The course is designed to help you to become a more
informed and competent member of the increasingly globalized community. Along the way, you will
acquire a basic understanding of the geographic way of analyzing and understanding the world. It is also
my hope to show you how peoples and places in different parts of the world are tied together in ways
that you might not have been aware of before.
Required Course Material:
World Regions in Global Context: Peoples, Places, and Environments 4
edition 2011, by Marston,
S. A., Knox, P. L., Liverman, D. M., Del Casino, V., & Robbins, P. New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
edition by V. J. Del Casino, Jr. ISBN: 978-0321-667755 and
Goode’s World Atlas
edition by Rand McNally. ISBN: 978-0-321-65200-3.
Course Requirements & Grading
Overall you are expected to read the assigned chapter(s) before class, attend every class, pay attention in
class, take notes, and actively participate in all class activities. If you are absent you may miss important
course material or announcements.
All students are responsible for all course information and
whether or not they were present. Please bring your atlas, mapping workbook, and
textbook to class. For portfolio assignments and in-class exercises, you will need at least five different
color pencils and a (simple) calculator.
During this course you will be assessed via a portfolio project, an essay assignment, and three exams
(see the table below).