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GGH 110 Cultural Geography
Wright, Ann Lee


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

GGH 110 Cultural Geography

Semester

F2T 2007 DL

Faculty

Wright, Ann Lee

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A., University of Missouri--Columbia

Office Location

On Line

Daytime Phone

816-763-4800, extension 203

Other Phone

816-769-3625

E-Mail

Ann.Wright@park.edu

awright@oharahs.org

Semester Dates

October 22-December 16

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
The Human Mosaic:  A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography, 10th edition, by Terry Jordan-Bychkov, Mona Domosh, Roderick P. Neumann, and Patricia L. Price

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Additional Resources:
Any inexpensive atlas would be helpful but is not required.

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Course Description:
This course is an introduction into cultural difference and spatial interactions within and between groups (religion, language, and customs) from around the globe. The course will also focus on human organization of space and how it impacts upon environment. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
The facilitator's educational philosophy is one that stresses interaction between teacher, student, and course materials.  Materials that will assist this interaction include lectures, readings, quizzes, discussion threads, examinations, internet sites, videos, and class assignments.  The facilitator will engage each student to think creatively about the ideas, issues, and content of cultural geography.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and evaluate the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth's cultural regions.
  2. Define and evaluate the concepts of diversity and globalization and analyze their dynamic tension.
  3. Identify, locate, and describe the physical and human characteristics of places.
  4. Explain and analyze how physical systems affect human systems, and vice versa.


Core Assessment:

·         Multiple Homework assignments and/or Quizzes

·         Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)

·         Portfolio (CA) (consisting of papers
and Homework)

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Exams:  Midterm and Final exams consisting of multiple choice, map location questions, and short answer/essay questions.  Each exam will be worth 100 points.  Be aware that as much as half of the points for each exam may come from short answer/essay questions.  The Midterm exam must be completed by the end of week 4 and the Final exam must be completed by the end of week 8.  Remember that you must schedule an approved proctor for the final exam.

Place Portfolio (Core Assessment):  Students are required to create a “Place Portfolio” which is designed to challenge students to thoroughly investigate the cultural geography of one country (or a subregion within large countries, such as Russia, China, Canada or the United States).  The portfolio consists of 4 individual assignments done during the course of the semester (each one focused on a different core learning outcome) and a 250-500 word learning essay.  The portfolio is designed to illustrate your learning about the people, environment, and current cultural issues of one particular place and how this information relates to geographic concepts learned in the course.  The portfolio, therefore, is the Core Assessment for the course and is worth 100 points (i.e., 20%) of the course grade.  You will be expected to select a place for study during the first week of class.  Ideally, the place of study will be a single country (i.e., political state), however, exceptions can be made with the instructor's approval (e.g., focus on a particular culture or nation of people).  The place chosen should not be the student's home area.  To ensure diversity of coverage, no one place will be assigned to more than one student.  The portfolio is due on the date indicated in the course schedule.  A detailed explanation and set of instructions for each assignment will be made available to students during the first week of the semester.  This explanation will be posted in the document sharing section of the home page for the course.

Students who are still uncertain about any of the requirements or instructions for this project should contact the instructor as soon as possible.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you fully understand the requirements at least two weeks before the assignment is due at the absolute minimum.  Informing the instructor of difficulties or confusion with the assignment at the last minute (i.e., one or two days before it is due) will not be considered grounds for excusing any shortcomings in the grading of the student's portfolio or for extending the due date.  The instructor encourages students to be creative and to strive to go beyond the minimum requirements in order to achieve the maximum score possible.

Discussions: 8 weekly discussion periods will be held during certain class periods and points will be awarded to students on the basis of participation.  Each discussion is worth 10 points (5 points for posting your own comments by Thursday and 5 points for responding to those from at least one student by Sunday).  Any relevant discussion, whether questions, comments, or answers to questions posed by the instructor of fellow students will earn full points.  

ONE make-up for a missed discussion will be allowed per student.  The discussion make-up will consist of writing a 150-250 word response paper to specific questions provided by the instructor.  NOTE: It is YOUR responsibility to request a discussion/journal make-up.

Assignments & Learning Activities - A variety of different assignments worth 5-10 points each will be given.  Some are designed to reinforce or extend learning about particular concepts while others are meant to help you prepare material for the Place Portfolio.

Quizzes - A total of 6 quizzes must be completed.  Each quiz consists of 5 multiple choice questions and is worth 10 points.

Grading:

200 Points--2 exams worth 100 points each

100 Points--Place Portfolio (Core Assessment)

80   Points--Discussions (8 discussions worth 10 points each)

60   Points--Quizzes (6 quizzes worth 10 points each)

60   Points--Assignments/Learning Activities (8 worth 5-10 points each)
 
A= 90% of 500 or 450 points
B= 80% of 500 or 400 points
C= 70% of 500 or 350 points
D= 60% of 500 or 300 points
F= 59% and below, below 299.5

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments submitted at any time after the announced due date may be penalized 10% of the grade for each day they are late. If you have arranged for or been granted an excused absence by the instructor, then you must submit the work by the alternate date arranged with the instructor.  Failure to do so may result in a 10% deduction per day after the alternate due date.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. Class participation is considered an essential part of the learning process.  Part of your course grade specifically consists of your participation in class discussions and you can only earn this credit if you are present (exceptions will only be made for those students who have properly submitted documentation for an excused absence).  Also, be aware that the instructor is required to submit attendance for each class period and that the Park University attendance policy will be strictly followed.  This policy states that any student who has two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences will be administratively withdrawn.

2.  The instructor strives to create an informal and non-threatening classroom environment for class discussion.  Since this is an educational forum, the instructor expects each student to act accordingly.  Therefore, students will be expected to treat fellow students and the instructor with respect.  Disruptive or disrespectful behavior toward another student or the instructor will not be tolerated, and the offending student(s) will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the period (which will affect the student's class participation score).  Repeated occurrences of such behavior will be grounds for further administrative action as allowed by the
Park University student code of conduct.

3.  All students will be held accountable for any material presented or discussed or through assigned readings.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all materials and information missed during a class session, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused by the instructor.  Failure on the part of the student to acquire missed information –for any reason (excused or unexcused absence, leaving class early, etc.) –will not excuse the student from questions over that material on any assessment activity (quiz, exam, portfolio assignment, etc.).

4.  Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive.  However, students must recognize that technology can also be problematic.  Students are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technological problems that may be encountered.  Therefore, computer problems will NOT automatically be considered grounds for having late work excused.  Be sure to save copies of your work to both a disk and your computer hard drive and print extra paper copies for backup purposes.

5.  Repeated failure to adhere to any of these guidelines for classroom conduct may result in a deduction of one letter grade to the student's final grade for each occurrence after the instructor has discussed the issue with the student.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1, October 22-28: Chapter 1: What is Geography
Week 2, October 29-November 4: Chapter 7: Population Geography
Week 3, November 5--November 11: Chapters 2 & 5: Cultural and Ethnic Geography
Week 4, November 12--November 18: Chapter 4: Geography of Language & MIDTERM
Week 5, November 19--November 25: Chapter 3: Geography of Religion
Week 6, November 26--December 2, Chapter 6: Political Geography
Week 7, December 3--December 9, Chapter 8: Agricultural Geography & PLACE PORTFOLIO DUE
Week 8, December 10--December 16, Chapters 9 & 12: Economic Geography and Geographies of the Future & FINAL EXAM

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work clearly and effectively integrates the concepts identified in all of the core learning outcomes Written work appropriately integrates the concepts identified in at least 3 of the core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 of the core learning outcomes; or only integrates concepts from 1-2 core learning outcomes Written work does not indicate an integration of concepts from any of the core learning outcomes 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio Written work generally provides clear, accurate, and relevant analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by all of the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for one of the assignments in the portfolio Written work provides vague or superficial analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio; or written work does not provide analysis for 2-3 of the assignments in the portfolio Written work does not provide analysis of the issues and concepts addressed by the assignments in the portfolio 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio Written work generally provides clear and effective discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio, although discussion may be vague or incomplete for 1 of the assignments Written work provides vague or superficial discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio; or discussion is not included for 2-3 of the assignments Written work does not provide any discussion of the overall learning achieved through the completion of each of the assignments within the portfolio 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Multiple examples of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used appropriately throughout the written work A variety of terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used throughout the written work, however 1-2 may be incorrectly used Only a few terms discussed through the course that are relevant to each assignment and the core learning outcomes are used in the written work; or 3-5 of the terms are incorrectly used Written work does not include the use of any relevant terms discussed in the course or related to the core learning outcomes; or all of the terms used are incorrectly applied 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Written work demonstrates a clear and thorough understanding of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment within the portfolio and the core learning outcomes Written work generally demonstrates a clear and thorough understanding of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment within the portfolio and the core learning outcomes, however it may be obvious that 1-2 of the concepts are not entirely understood Written work contains evidence that 3-5 of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment within the portfolio or the core learning outcomes are not entirely understood There is no evidence presented that indicates an understanding of any of the major geographic concepts relevant to each assignment or the core learning outcomes 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes All but one of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 2-3 of the assignments within the portfolio fail to demonstrate a clear and appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes None of the assignments within the portfolio demonstrate a clear or appropriate application of the geographic concepts and skills required to achieve the core learning outcomes 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the assignments within the portfolio are professionally presented and are entirely free of spelling or grammatical errors The assignments within the portfolio are professionally presented but they may contain a minimal amount of spelling or grammatical errors (less than 5) The portfolio, in general, is lacking in professionalism in its style and manner of presentation; or the written work contains several spelling or grammatical errors (5-10) The portfolio is entirely lacking in professionalism in its style and manner of presentation; or the written work contains numerous spelling or grammatical errors (over 10) 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All written work within the portfolio is entirely error-free in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains only 1-2 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains 3-4 errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation Written work within the portfolio contains numerous errors in the following format items: MLA or APA citation format, length, works cited, internal documentation 

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