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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
World Geography II: Western Hemisphere
Course: GCU122

First Term: 1995 Fall
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: Description and analysis of variations in social, economic, and political phenomena in major world regions. Emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Anglo America

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify the countries of the region and describe their importance. (I)
2. Locate and describe the size and shape of the countries of the region. (I)
3. Identify and describe the major water bodies and land forms of the region. (I)
4. Describe plate tectonics and apply the theory to the geology. (I)
5. Identify the geologic hazards found in the region. (I)
6. Identify, locate, and describe the climatic regions and climatic controls of the region. (I)
7. Describe the vegetation, soils, and agricultural zones of the region. (I)
8. Describe the illegal trafficking in wildlife that takes place in the region. (I)
9. Identify the locations and describe the abundance of mineral deposits. (I)
10. Describe population density and growth rates and name the large cities of the region. (II)
11. List the major racial groups of the region and identify and locate the major language and religious groups. (II)
12. Describe the occupational structure, the educational standards and methods, and the standard of living of the various countries within the region. (II)
13. Describe the major models used by cultural geographers. (II)
14. Identify and describe the type, location, technology and problems of industries within the region. (II)
15. Describe the agricultural industries of the region including types and location of crops and agricultural shortages and surpluses. (II)
16. Locate major fishing zones of the region. (II)
17. Identify and describe the major transportation systems. (II)
18. Identify the types of goods traded and describe the trade balance. (II)
19. Identify and describe the various governmental systems of the region. (II)
20. Indicate the health standards and social services of the region. (II)
21. Describe significant current events. (II)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Physical Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and Latin America
   A. Location
   B. Size and Shape
   C. Water Bodies
      1. Oceans and Seas
      2. Lakes
      3. Rivers
   D. Landforms
      1. Uplands
      2. Lowlands
      3. Plate Tectonics
      4. Geologic Hazards
   E. Weather and Climate
      1. Climate Zones
      2. Precipitation, Temperatures
      3. Climatic Controls
   F. Types and Locations of Vegetation
   G. Soils and Agricultural Regions
   H. Illegal Trafficking inWildlife
   I. Minerals
      1. Types/Locations
      2. Abundance/Shortages
II. Cultural Geography
   A. Population
      1. Location and Density
      2. Growth Rates
      3. Major Cities
   B. Racial Groups
   C. Language Groups
   D. Religious Groups
   E. Living Conditions
      1. Standards of Living
      2. Educational Standards and Methods
      3. Occupational Structure
   F. Cultural Models
      1. Demographic Transition
      2. Core-Periphery
      3. Spatial Interaction
   G. Industries
      1. Type
      2. Location
      3. Technology
      4. Problems
   H. Agriculture
      1. Types of Crops
      2. Location of Crops
      3. Shortages
      4. Surpluses
   I. Fishing Zones
   J. Transportation
      1. Rail
      2. Highway
      3. Water
      4. Air
      5. Pipeline
   K. Trade
      1. Types of Goods Traded
      2. Trade Balance
      3. Ports
   L. Governmental Systems
   M. Health Standards and Social Services
   N. Current Events
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 4/25/1995

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