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Unformatted text preview: GEOGRAPHY OF CHANGING WORLD GEA 1000 (Section 4851) Fall 2011 Course meets on Tuesday (1:552:45pm, 7th period) and Thursday (1:553:50pm 78th periods) Location: Williamson Hall 100 (WM 0100) COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES: The course seeks to give you a regional perspective on issues pertaining to relevant urban, economic, environmental, geomorphologic and climatic issues across the globe. We will discuss the causes and the consequences of several global problems as well as current strategies used to deal with these issues. The objectives of this course are To gain a basic understanding of some of the contemporary challenges of the different world regions. To learn a geographer's approach to understand our intertwined world and the consequences of global environmental issues. COURSE STRUCTURE: This course is structured to have a collaborative learning process throughout the semester. I believe that we get more understanding when we actively engage in the course material we want to learn. Lectures, exams, reviews, and short assignments will hopefully build your intellectual and academic skills beyond any specific material we learn. Be open to new teaching and learning styles and enjoy the process. Lectures: I will give lectures about specific issues such as globalization, desertification and energy issues. Assignments: you will complete a series of short assignments based in readings and short papers. For example, at the end of some lectures you will be asked to write down a "One minute paper". This is not a test, but rather a way to express your concerns and questions about the covered material. Your paper may cover one or main points that you heard in the lecture or mention one area of confusion, or pose a question about a covered topic. Reviews and exam questions: The class prior to each exam will be used to review the topics covered. Bring all your notes and material covered since we will form groups of discussion to clarify anything that is needed. Be prepared to participate in this activity, the more prepared you come, the more you will benefit yourself (and your group!). At the end of the period, each group will submit 1520 questions for the exam. These questions will be shared with the rest of the class in order to create a study guide. The more challenging and interesting questions will be included in the exam. Exams: There are three exams currently scheduled, yet a change could be made due to unexpected circumstances. Any change of exam time will be announced in class and posted on Sakai. The exams include material covered in lectures, videos, and other assigned readings so it is important to attend all class sessions. Exams 2 and 3 may include material previously evaluated although most of the questions will focus in Geography of a Changing World Fall 2011 1 INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION Claudia Monzon [email protected] TUR 2119C OFFICE HOURS: By appointment content that hasn't been evaluated. No makeup exams are given and there will be no incomplete grades. Term project: Small groups will be assigned to a World Region and along the semester your group will research the issues that we discussed in class for your specific region. For example, if you are assigned to Eastern Asia, which includes China, you will be expected to contribute with relevant information when we discus population issues, although you could also complement the discussion when we talk about energy and petrol issues, among others. Your team will submit a paper about your research and will present it in about 10 minutes at the end of the course. EVALUATION You are expected to attend all lectures; this will allow you to participate in class activities, learn and build your score along the semester. You must have a legitimate documented reason for missing an exam or a class activity; otherwise the score will be zero. LETTER GRADE SCALE Activity Percentage A: 95100% A: 9094% Exams (15% each) 45 B+: 8789% B :8386% B: 8082% Assignments 15 C+ :7779% C :7376% C:7072% Term project D+:6769% D :6366% D :6062% Paper 15 E <60% Presentation 15 Participation 10 Total 100 HOW TO SUCCEED IN THIS CLASS Although we have a large group, I believe in collaborative learning and hence, I value participation very much. Therefore, Make sure that you participate in class: making questions or contributing with your knowledge, experience and team research will make the class more interesting. Remember, there are no foolish questions, if you don't understand something; it is very likely that someone else in the room is in the same situation. Note that in order to participate in class, you need to attend every lecture. Attendance is mandatory and will be included in your evaluation. If you have to miss a class please contact me beforehand. You must have a legitimate documented reason for missing an exam or a class activity; otherwise the score will be zero. Another way to contribute to the collaborative learning is by submitting exam questions prior to the test. This will create a group study guide, which I hope will be helpful for each exam. Make sure you don't miss these exam reviews and actively participate in the process. Other logistic issues like being on time and submitting your assignments on time that are also important for acing in this class. Finally, make sure you cite and reference every source of information that you include in your assignments. Geography of a Changing World Fall 2011 2 TEXTBOOK: There is "No Required Book" for this class. However some reading materials will be provided on different topics for detailed study. COURSE OUTLINE 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Dates Aug 23, 25 Aug 30, Sep 1st Sep 6, 8 Sep 13, 15 Sep 20, 22 Sep 27, 29 Oct 4, 6 Oct 11, 13 Oct 18, 20 Oct 25, 27 Nov 1, 3 Nov 8, 10 Nov 15, 17 Nov 22, 24 Nov 29, 31 Dec 6, 8 Global issues: Globalization, Climate change, deforestation, desertification, energy and petrol issues Population Growth Introduction to geography Topic Tuesday Introduction Our environment and sustainable development Description of term project Group definition Population change Urbanization Large cities EXAM 1 Globalization Climate change Water issues EXAM 2 Deforestation Energy and petrol issues Term Project Presentations Term Project Presentations EXAM 3 Thursday What is geography and what geographers do? Introduction to Geographic information systems Introduction to Remote sensors Population change Urbanization Large cities / Review Globalization Climate change Water issues Water issues / Review Deforestation Energy and Petrol issues Term Project Presentations Thanks giving holiday Term project questions / Review wrap up Term paper due *I reserve the right to make changes to the syllabus as well as the policies during the course of the semester. Any changes will be posted on Sakai and mentioned during class. UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA POLICIES Academic Honesty All students are expected to be honest in all their academic work. Failure to uphold the standards of honesty will result in the appropriate disciplinary action by the University of Florida. As a result of completing the registration form at the University of Florida, every student has signed the following statement: "I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the university". Geography of a Changing World Fall 2011 3 UF Counseling Services Resources are available on campus for students having personal problems or lacking clear career and academic goals which interfere with their academic performance. These resources include: (1) University Counseling Center, 301 Peabody Hall, 3921575, personal and career counseling; (2) Student Mental Health, Student Health Care Center, 3921171, personal counseling; (3) Sexual Assault Recovery Services (SARS), Student Health Care Center, 3921161, sexual counseling; and (4) Career Resource Center, Reitz Union, 3921601, career development assistance and counseling. Software Use All faculty, staff and students of the university are required and expected to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are against university policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate. We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves and our peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Classroom Accommodation Students requesting classroom accommodation must first register with the Dean of Students Office. The Dean of Students Office will provide documentation to the student who must then provide this documentation to the Instructor when requesting accommodation. Geography of a Changing World Fall 2011 4 ...
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