GEO 210 Syllabus


Division:        Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:   February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught: Liberal Arts, Science and business transfer programs


Course Number and Title:           GEO 210, People and the Land: Intro to Cultural Geography


Credit Hours:   3                  Hours/Wk Lecture:   3        Hours/Wk Lab:                    Lec/Lab Comb:   



I.              Catalog Description:   Focuses on the relationship between culture and geography. Presents a survey of modern demographics, landscape modification, material and non-material culture, language, race and ethnicity, religion, politics, and economic activities. Introduces the student to types and uses of maps.


II.            Relationship of the course to curricula objectives in which it is taught: 

This is a transfer level course which counts as a liberal arts and social science elective.


III.           Required background: 

Non developmental in English and MTE 2 competence.


IV.          Course Content:

A.               Global and Regional Population Demographics

B.               Historical Migration Patterns

C.               Geographical Space and its effects on Culture and Political Behavior

D.               The Historical Development of Cities

E.               Economic Behavior and Geographical Space

F.                Geographical Influences on Agricultural and Industrial Development

G.               The geography of urban and rural environments

H.               Maps and the representation of geographic features in different map types.

I.                  G.I.S. mapping techniques


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Describe global and regional population characteristics and distribution

B.   Explain theoretical and historical patterns in human migration

C.   Explain the impact of geographical characteristics in cultures and their economics

D.   Identify and describe relationships between urban and rural environments and regional geographic features.

Students will be evaluated on the basis on some combination of tests, quizzes and written assignments as defined by the instructor.  All students must complete at least one sustained writing assignment based on research.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Cultural and Social Understanding

Information Literacy

Scientific Reasoning