Geog 050 Z1
Course number: 60689

Instructor: Cheryl Morse, Ph.D website:

Class Meetings: Tues, Wed, Thurs 9:00-12:45 102 Rowell May 21- June 15

Office and Office Hours: 203 Old Mill (main floor, north end) Tuesdays, 1:00-3:00 and by appointment

Welcome to World Regional Geography, and to the UVM Geography Department. This course introduces you to the discipline of Geography and to a regional geographic approach to understanding our world. The aims of this course are to 1) gain geographic concepts and tools, and 2) take a holistic approach to understanding earth’s peoples, places, and global problems, 3) research a number of themes including environmental change, impacts of globalization, migration, cultural shifts, economic and social development, and different notions of sustainability. We will bring together physical geography, climate, ecology, culture, mapping, politics, history, and economics to investigate contemporary geographic issues at multiple scales. Most importantly, I hope you generate an appreciation for the fascinating, complex, and diverse connections between the world’s people, environments, and places. Textbook Rowntree, Lewis, Price and Wyckoff, 2012, Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development, 5th edition, Prentice Hall. Available at the UVM Bookstore in loose-leaf version. The loose leaf version is much less expensive than the hardcopy; students will need to acquire a 3-ring binder to hold the text. The textbook comes with a free atlas which we will use in class to do various exercises. On-Line Tutorial and Text Textbook purchase includes access to Mastering Geography, an online program containing homework assignments, reading questions, quizzes, and Google spatial exercises. In addition, the program provides access to an on-line version of the text. Mastering Geography Website: Course Webpage:

Our website will always have the most detailed and current information for the course. You are required to check the website before each class, and I highly recommend that you print out the lecture guide(s) for the upcoming class to take your notes. The syllabus on the website will contain the specific lecture themes for each day as well as the specific pages I would like you to focus on in the readings. I will regularly post announcements, study guides, film guides, and assignments there. Please visit the site every night before class, and an additional several times over the course of the week. Assessments and Final Grade Calculations: Reading Homework, Spatial Exercises, Practice Quizzes on-line Regional Case Study (independent project) Class Participation and Pop Quizzes Mid-term Exam Final Exam 30% 15% 10% 20% - Thursday, May 31 25% - Thursday, June 14

Types of Assessments On-Line Reading Questions, Spatial Exercises, and Practice Quizzes We will use the MasteringGeography on-line program for our homework and reading assignments. Students will be required to answer short answer or multiple choice questions from the text book reading, take practice map quizzes, and learn spatial analysis skills using Google Maps exercises. Each week, you will have two due dates for the on-line work: one for the reading assignments which you will do before we discuss those regions in class, and one for the spatial analysis and quizzes. Regional Case Study To develop geography research skills, tailor topics to students’ interests, and bring diverse content to class, each student will research and present a case study to the class. The case study will illustrate a theme from the course and will focus on one world region. The presentations will be 15-20 minutes in duration and will include background information, an explanation of the theme/issue/problem, and a discussion or other engaging activity. Students are encouraged to use a powerpoint or other visual or audio presentation technology. We will cover research and presentation skills in the class. Class Participation and Pop Quizzes As explained below, students must not only attend all classes, but actively participate in discussions and activities. From time to time, we will have pop quizzes to assess student’s preparedness for class and their attention to class Exams We have two exams in this course. I will ask multiple choice, short answer, spatial skills, and essay questions. Each person has different kinds of assessment strengths and weaknesses. For that reason, I have differentiated assignments and differentiated testing questions. The first exam will cover just under half of the course content and will be worth 20% of your final grade. The final exam is not cumulative; it will cover only the second half of the course content. Each exam will be given during class time as noted in the course schedule below. Grade Matrix A+ 98-100 A 93-97 A- 90-92 B+ 88-89 B 83-87 B- 80-82 C+ 78-79 C 73-77 C- 70-72 D+ 68-69 D 63-67 D- 60-62 F – below 60

Expectations for Students: To learn the most, and perform the best in this intensive summer course, students need to be engaged, prepared, and active participants. Specifically, you are expected to:  Organize your time carefully. Expect to spend 11 hours per week in class, attending lecture, participating in discussions, watching films, and presenting material to the rest of the class. Expect to spend an additional 22-33 hours per week reading, doing homework assignments on-line, researching a case study, and preparing for pop quizzes and the two exams. At UVM, for each hour’s worth of credit, we expect up to 3 hours of homework outside class. This is more time than a full-time job! It is a good idea to consider how much time this course will take, especially if you are working at a job, caring for a family, or taking additional courses at the same time. Work on the course several times spread over the course of the week. It is your responsibility to check on the syllabus each evening before the next day’s class, make the deadlines for on-line homework assignments (there will be 2 per week: spatial exercises and practice quizzes will be due on Friday by 6 pm and reading questions will be due on Mondays by 6pm. The only exception will be the first week of class when reading questions for the first week will be due Wednesday night, June 16 at midnight.)

Come prepared for class. Check the on-line syllabus the night before class and print out any lecture or film guides you will need to take notes in class. From time to time, I will also ask you to bring your Atlas. Bring your access codes for Mastering Geography in case we work on that in class. Complete all readings and assignments on time. The Mastering Geography system will not allow you to submit work late. Because the time for this course is compressed and accelerated, it is extremely important to complete all of your work on time. Participate in all classes. You are expected to attend all classes and participate in class activities. Participation and pop quizzes are 10% of your final grade. Furthermore, and more importantly, in an accelerated course like this, missing one day of class is akin to missing an entire week of class in a regular semester. You will fall behind rapidly if you miss class. Communicate with Dr Morse immediately if you encounter an emergency that prevents you from attending class. Get a head start on your Case Study assignment. I will present strategies for researching case studies in the first two days of class. Begin researching and putting together your presentation immediately so that you will have time to change your topic if you cannot find enough information, or make revisions in advance of your presentation date. Ask many questions. We will cover a great deal of academic “territory” in this class, some of which might be new to you, ask questions! Your question will assist others in our class and will help me consider how to present material in the most comprehensible and engaging manner possible.

Academic Integrity: You are a member of a scholarly community. Dishonesty not only interrupts your educational process but also damages the integrity of the learning community. Academic dishonesty includes: plagarism (submitting someone else’s work as your own), cheating, copying another’s work, and fabricating information or citations. I will give you an “F” for this course if you engage in academic dishonesty and suspected dishonesty will be handled by the Continuing Education and Dean of Students’ Offices. If you have questions about what constitutes academic dishonesty, please talk to, or email me directly. Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Students should submit in writing (email) to me by the end of the first week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. I will permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work/assessment. Medical or Family Emergencies: If you have a medical or family emergency that will impact your ability to complete course assignments on time, or attend class, please contact the Continuing Education Office right away. Secondly, contact me by email as soon as possible. Email and Office Hours: I look forward to getting to know you and helping you do your best in this course. We have several ways to communicate: by asking me questions in class, by sending me an email message, or by visiting me in-person during my office hours. You are welcome to talk about the course, discuss academic questions, or discuss any school matters. If you cannot make my office hours, please email me to set up an appointment. Access: If you have a disability or a learning difference which in any way interferes with your performance in class, or your ability to use any of the technologies required for this on-line course, please email me as soon as possible so we can make the proper accommodations.

General Outline for Course (the detailed syllabus can be found on our webpage) Date Week 1 5/21-5/27 Class Topic ___________Text Chapters____ Introduction to the Course: Geography Concepts, Mapping, Research Skills; 1 Physical Geography; 2 Europe 8
Wednesday, May 23 at midnight - Mastering Geography reading questions for above chapters Friday, May 25 at midnight -- Mastering Geography homework for Week One (spatial analysis, etc.)


Week 2 5/28-6/3

The Russian Domain and Central Asia; Southwest Asia and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

9 and 10 7 6

Monday, May 28 at midnight – Mastering Geography reading questions for Week 2 chapters above Thurs, May 31 -- Mid-Term Exam (Geog Concepts thru SW Asia & N. Africa, not SS Africa) Friday, June 1 at midnight - Mastering Geography homework for Week Two

Week 3 6/4-6-10

North America; Latin America; The Caribbean; Australia and Oceania

3 4 5 14


Monday, June 4 at midnight -- Mastering Geography reading questions for Week 3 chapters above Friday, June 8 at midnight - Mastering Geography homework for Week Three

Week 4 6/11-15

East Asia; South Asia; Southeast Asia

11 12 13

Monday, June 11 at midnight -- Mastering Geography reading questions for Week 4 chapters above Thursday, June 14 -- Final Exam (Sub-Saharan Africa thru Southeast Asia) Friday, June 15 at midnight - Mastering Geography homework for Week Four

Individual Due Date: In addition, each student will have a unique due date for their Case Study presentation in class. We will select these dates on the second day of class, Wednesday, May 23.