Geography 2- Cultural Geography
Instructor: Sean Booth
Phone: (916) 660-7933
Course Outline Reading Assignment
|1. Basic Concepts||Chapter 1|
|2. Population||Chapter 2|
|3. Migration||Chapter 3|
|4. Folk & Popular Culture||Chapter 4|
|5. Religion||Chapter 6|
|6. Ethnicity (Presentations)||Chapter 7|
|7. Political Geography||Chapter 8|
|8. Agriculture||Chapter 10|
|9. Development||Chapter 9|
|10. Resource Issues||Chapter 14|
This course will study dynamic cultural processes and patterns worldwide, such as the distribution and diffusion of people, their religions, their customs, and their economic means. In addition, cultural geography examines how people relate to one another as well as how people interact with their environment, including agriculture and settlement patterns. Much of the course describes concepts used by geographers, social scientist and journalists with a systematic approach toward understanding the world as a whole.
Course Goals & Objectives
By the end of this semester, the student should be able to recognize major cultural themes and regional characteristics related to these themes. I would like you, the student, to begin asking geographic questions, such as why are places different and why are they the same, and then use the textbook and lectures to help you answer these questions. It is important for you to critically think how global issues, such as population growth, regional conflicts, and commercial development affect your world. My hope for you is that you will understand global concepts and issues much better after this class.
Texts and Suggested Reading
Attendance, Expectations and Classroom Decorum
I expect you to come to class always, just like a job. You most likely cannot grasp the full scope of this subject on your own. Additionally, many of the test questions will come from lectures, videos, exercises and discussions.
Do not cheat, plagiarize, or furnish false information to the college as defined by the Sierra College academic regulations. If you are guilty of dishonesty, you will receive a failing grade. Sierra College may further discipline you through reprimand, probation, social probation, suspension or expulsion. I have failed students for cheating, so do your own work.
A = 90 - %100
Midterm Exam 1 = 100 points
B = 80 - % 89
Midterm Exam 2 = 100 points
C = 70 - % 79
Midterm Exam 3 = 100 points
D = 60 - % 69
Presentation = 75 points
F = < %60
Assn. / Quiz / Part. = 125 points
Missing Tests - Taking a mid-term exam is a big deal and there are no make-up exams! For exceptions of any kind, you must tell me in advance. For extraordinary cases, such a dire medical illness, incarceration, an alien abduction or an event beyond your control, you must contact me before the next class meeting. You must also provide proof of this situations. For chapter and map quizzes, there are no make-up tests at all. The class is designed to sum all your best scores and throw out your missed or low-score quizzes.
Credit / No Credit - You may take this course on a credit / no credit basis or a letter grade. A letter grade will be assigned unless you request a CR/NCR option.Adds & Withdrawals - There will be no late adds. You must pay your fees within the first two weeks of the semester in order to be enrolled in this class. Withdrawals or a "W" cannot and will not be granted to any student who is enrolled in the class after the "W" deadline (beginning of Nov. (fall) and middle of April (spring). It is your responsibility to initiate this process! Students who do not request a "W" before the deadline and do not complete course work (including Exam 3) will receive a failing grade.
Incomplete - an incomplete "I" grade is rarely granted except under extraordinary circumstances with verified proof, such as a written medical notice.
Methods of Instruction
This class is taught using lectures, discussions and in-class assignments. Some assignments may be assigned outside of class and you are expected to read each thematic chapter before class. In order to improve the overall learning experience, I frequently ask students for feedback regarding class material, so be prepared to answer questions in class. Participation is very important in the learning process. I also appreciate voluntary feedback from you regarding what works and what doesn't work in the classroom. Here is what student have said to give you advise for this class > "take good notes because almost everything that is on test is presented in class" > "use study groups" (this student went from not passing the class to receiving a "B" in the class!) > "by organizing a study group you can get the notes that you missed in class" > "take time to read the test" > "be there every day and take good notes."
Motivation, Study Habits and Testing
Probably the most important aspect for you to master in this class is finding a reason to be here.
It can't just be any reason to be here, however;
it must be an intrinsic reason to be here. What does "intrinsic" mean?
It doesn't mean you signed up for this class because it "looked good
on the schedule, and besides, a friend told me it's the easiest science class
to take." OR -- "it really fits my schedule on a Tuesday and Thursday." OR "the
textbook had a nice cover" etc. An intrinsic reason means you find an
internal, passionate reason to make this class meaningful to your life. "I care
passionately about the environment and the Earth; I love being outside and in
nature; I want to understand how a place like California is so different than
Oregon or Washington; I want to know what all this talk about global warming
means; when I travel, I find the world is a really cool place and I want to
know more about it" ... all these statements are intrinsic reasons to be in
this class. Find one for yourself. If you can't find one, find another class
that's right for you. You simply won't enjoy coming to this class each week,
or reading the textbook before class and after class, and studying throughout
the semester for weekly quizzes if you are not motivated. Finally, you simply
won't be successful in this class because you're not motivated to be here in
the first place.
Regarding good study habits, which is also critical for your success:
But many students study hard for the test and still mess-up somehow.
What can you do to improve your test scores? Here are some
test taking skills:
The effort put forth by you will not only show in your grade, but also make you an informed citizen enlightened about our rich and diverse world. Geography is about everything that surrounds us... you can't miss seeing, hearing, touching and even tasting it. Stories in the newspaper, magazines and in the news abound with geographic issues every day, and this class will help you understand these issues and stories much better.