GEO 171 - Sp 2013 Syllabus(3) (1)

By the end of this course you should 1 understand the

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: By the end of this course, you should: (1) understand the historical-geographic reasons for how and why places and regions have developed differentially around the world (2) understand the changing relationship between humans and their geographical landscapes and how the understanding of this relationship has changed over time (3) understand the way local and global connections structure human life in particular places (4) have learned how geographers approach issues and problems from multiple perspectives in order to develop a fuller understanding (5) have learned to analyze the geographical relations between people, politics, technology, economics, etc. at different scales (6) have learned key analytical concepts and themes of human geography Course Structure You will attend two lectures and one discussion section each week. Attendance and participation will count towards your grade. o Note: An outline will be provided for every lecture, and will be posted on Blackboard. However , full powerpoints will not be posted on Blackboard. There will be three tests over the course of the semester. These exams will be a combination of multiple choice and short answers o Tests will cover lecture material, assigned reading, discussion section material, and they will require you to think critically and analytically, not to just regurgitate information You will need to write three essays (+/- 500 words) over the course of the semester o Essays will be based on assigned readings and require you to draw in information from lectures and discussions. Details for each essay will be given out on the dates indicated on the schedule You will need to write one final paper (1000-1500 words) due one week after the last lecture o The final paper will require you to undertake research in the New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , The Financial Times , The Economist , The Guardian , Le Monde Diplomatique , or similar national/international serious newspaper and then to analyze articles in it using key concepts/ideas developed in lecture, discussion, and assigned readings. Details about this paper will be given out on the date indicated on the schedule Test Dates and Due Dates are Marked in the Course Schedule and Noted Below. No Late Papers Will Be Accepted
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Key Dates Essay 1 Due Th-F, 1/31-2/1 in your discussion section. No exceptions. Test 1 Given W 2/13 at regular lecture time, in regular lecture room. Essay 2 Due Th-F 3/7-8 in your discussion section. No exceptions. Test 2 Given W 3/27 at regular lecture time, in regular lecture room. Essay 3 Due Th-F 4/18-19 in your discussion section. No exceptions.
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