GEO 220 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 220, World Regional Geography


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



I.              Catalog Description:   Studies physical and cultural characteristics of selected geographical regions of the world.  Focuses upon significant problems within each of the regions, and examines the geographical background of those problems.  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.   Overview of map skills, latitude and longitude, econometrics, demography, culture

B.   Europe and Russia

C.   North America (U.S. and Canada)

D.   Latin America and Caribbean

E.   Tropical Africa, North Africa, and Southwest Asia

F.    South Asia and East Asia

G.   Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica


V.  Learner Outcomes


The student will:


VI.  Evaluation

A.   Develop awareness of likenesses and differences from place to place in the world, especially contrasts in economic, social and political conditions

B.   Identify relationships between current economic, social, and political conditions and environment and history

C.   Understand the complex patterns of spatial connectivity among places in the world

D.   D. Identify locations of countries and utilizing maps and statistical data in deriving information about countries.

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