Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere
Course: GCU121

First Term: 2013 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0  Load  
Course Type: Academic
Load Formula: S


Description: Description and analysis of spatial variations in culture, social, economic, and political phenomena in major world regions. Emphasis on the major cultural realms of Europe, North Africa, and Asia.



MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the distribution of land and water, and explain its importance to successful habitability of various cultures in the Eastern Hemisphere. (I)
2. Describe world population distribution. Identify and explain population growth with regard to regional and global patterns and evaluate the international implications on the culture of the region. (I)
3. Discuss the regional mineral, energy, agricultural and manufacturing resources and the implications to local cultures participation in the global marketplace. (I)
4. Identify the countries of the Eastern Hemisphere and their political interrelationships. (II)
5. Identify and describe the major waterways and landform regions of Eurasia and North Africa and their impact upon human cultures and settlement patterns. (III)
6. Describe plate tectonics as it applies to the geology of Eurasia and North Africa. (III)
7. Identify and discuss the impact upon national infrastructures of geological hazards found in this part of the world. (III)
8. Identify, locate and describe the climatic regions of Eurasia and North Africa and their impact upon settlement and cultural development and patterns. (III)
9. Identify and discuss the impact upon national infrastructures of weather related hazards found in this part of the world. (III)
10. Describe the natural vegetation and soil conditions of Eurasia and North Africa with regard to the development of the region`s agriculture and its impact on the cultures of Eurasia and North Africa. (III)
11. Describe the impact of the illegal trafficking in native wildlife found in Eurasia and North Africa, as it relates to the economic patterns of particular cultures in the region and its impact upon illicit global trade. (III)
12. Identify the nature of the distribution of vital mineral deposits in Eurasia and North Africa and the impact upon cultures and their political, cultural, and regional/global economic setting. (IV)
13. Discuss the changes in population growth rates and density for Eurasia and North Africa over the last 100 years. Evaluate the role of urbanism and identify the major cities, discussing their impact upon local cultures and relationships between urban and rural sectors. (IV)
14. Evaluate the impact of racial, religious and linguistic groups to the overall culture and related socio-economic interaction of the nations of the Eastern Hemisphere. (IV)
15. Examine the educational standards, occupational structure and levels of technological development with regard to the various cultures and standards of living found in Eurasia and North Africa. (IV)
16. Evaluate the importance of the growth of technology and the problems associated with the development of industries as it relates to the various cultures within Eurasia and North Africa. (IV)
17. Compare the varied agricultural sectors of Eurasia and North Africa, investigating the types of crops raised, the impact of localized/global environmental changes, the potential for overproduction or shortages. (IV)
18. Locate and evaluate the importance of fishing resources and their impact upon cultures (e.g. dietary patterns, indigenous traditions) in the context of economic and trade patterns of Eurasia and North Africa. (IV)
19. Identify and examine the importance of transportation systems within Eurasia and North Africa and their impact upon the movement of people, goods, and cultural ideas, between the nations of the region as well as to other parts of the world. (IV)
20. Study the importance of internal and international trade between the nations of Eurasia and North Africa, and the impact of trade balances with regard to today`s global markets. (IV)
21. Evaluate the different political systems among the nations of Eurasia and North Africa and the foreign relationships that have developed in today`s culture of global interdependence. (IV)
22. Compare the variation in the health standards and the availability of social services among the various cultures of Eurasia and North Africa. (IV)
23. Recognize current events as they unfold within Eurasia and North Africa during the time frame of the course, focusing on the cultural and historical contexts of those events. (IV)

 
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Introduction to the World and World Geography
   A. Geography Principles
      1. Location
      2. Culture, place and setting
      3. Patterns in the world
      4. Cause and effect of patterns
   B. The Geography of Land and Water on the Earth
      1. Area covered by water
      2. Land regions
   C. Population Distribution and Growth
      1. Past, present, and future
      2. Cultural impact
      3. Social impact
      4. Economic impact
   D. Distribution of World`s Resources and Industry
      1. Agricultural resources
         a. Locations
         b. Cultural impact
         c. Social impact
         d. Economic impact
      2. Mineral and energy resources
         a. Locations
         b. Cultural impact
         c. Social impact
         d. Economic impact
      3. Manufacturing and irade
         a. Locations
         b. Cultural impact
         c. Social impact
         d. Economic impact
II. Importance of Europe, Russia, North Africa, South and Southwestern Asia, East Asia and Southeast Asia
III. Physical Geography
   A. Location
   B. Water Bodies
   C. Landforms
      1. Plate iectonics
      2. Geologic hazards
   D. Weather and Climate
      1. Temperature patterns
      2. Precipitation patterns
      3. Climate regions
   E. Types and Locations of Vegetation
   F. Soils and Agricultural Regions
   G. Wildlife
      1. Illegal trafficking
      2. Economic impact
   H. Minerals
      1. Locations
      2. Abundance
IV. Cultural Geography
   A. Population
      1. 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. Industries
      1. Type
      2. Location
      3. Technology
      4. Problems
   G. Agriculture
      1. Types of crops
      2. Location of crops
      3. Shortages
      4. Surpluses
   H. Fishing Zones
   I. Transportation
      1. Rail
      2. Highway
      3. Water
      4. Air
      5. Pipeline
   J. Trade
   K. Government Systems
   L. Health Standards and Social Services
   M. Current Events
   N. Models
      1. Demographic transition
      2. Core-periphery
      3. Spatial interaction
 
Last MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: 5-21-2013

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