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GGH 326 Resources and People


FA 2007 HO


Fox, David P.


Assistant Professor of Geography


PhD in progress, Geography, University of Kansas
MA, Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia
BA, Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia

Office Location

Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC) 003B

Office Hours

--T-RF- 9:00-11:00 am

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

Aug. 20 - Dec. 14, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours



Allen, John L. (Ed.).  Annual Editions: Environment (06/07, 25th edition).  McGraw-Hill, 2007.
ANNUAL EDITIONS: Environment 06/07, Twenty-Fifth Edition
Easton, Thomas A.  Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues (12th edition).  McGraw-Hill, 2008.
TAKING SIDES: Clashing Views on Environmental Issues, Twelfth Edition

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Additional readings may be assigned during class.  In most cases students should be able to aquire these through the electronic databases (such as EBSCO Host) available through the McAfee Memorial Library website.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
This course is an in depth study of the interaction between physical systems and human activities, and their effects on the environment. Topics include: population growth, food, production, water supply, air pollution, and natural resource consumption. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

"Education is the art of making [humans] ethical." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. My goal is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, lively, and even (believe it or not) confusing classroom environment.  I believe that education is most effective when approached as a process during which the teacher and students share equally in contributing to the learning that takes place.  Rather than being the "sage on the stage" or a "fountain of wisdom" (neither of which I am), I will attempt to guide, encourage, and facilitate your learning.  In this sense, I intend for this course to be a true seminar class--much like you will experience in graduate school.  Therefore, you will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss, debate, reflect on, analyze, evaluate, and question the readings and other class material every bit as much as I am.  Failure to do so, frankly, is just simply not an option.
"Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them." -- Jerome S. Bruner
This course is all about the geographic theme of human-environment interaction.  Therefore, this course is designed to support the Geography Program's "Environment & Society" Program Competency, which states that our students will be able to:  

Analyze how human actions modify the physical environment and how physical systems affect humans.   

Rather than focusing on where resources are and how we get them to where we want them, we will pay greater attention to how we, as humans, depend on, adapt to, and modify the earth on which we live.  An important sub-theme of this course is "Place-Making: How do we create the world(s) in which we live?" and, even more importantly, "What kind of world do we want to live in?"  The concept of sustainability will be a major topic of discussion.  We will examine these questions, and many other related ones, through the lense of geography.  Thus, it will most likely be necessary to first develop a much broader and deeper understanding of this often over-simplified discipline.  We will explore the highly interdisciplinary nature of this field and its numerous contributions and applications to helping us cope with and hopefully solve many of our world's most pressing environmental and resource issues.  

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and identify the natural resources most commonly used by humans.
  2. Analyze the methods that humans extract natural resources and their impact on the environment.
  3. Analyze the factors that control human activities and the limitations imposed by resources.
  4. Assess how resources are controlling future development and evaluate how it impacts the regional and global community.
Class Assessment:
Exams (consisting primarily of essay questions, although some objective types of question, including map identification may be included)
Core Assessment (10-12 page research project and presentation on a specific resource)
Taking Sides Reaction Papers (Four, 2-3 page papers responding to selected topics from the Taking Sides textbook)
Participation in class discussion


2 Exams (Mid-term & Final) @ 150 pts each                  300 pts               30%
Core Assessment @ 200 pts                                           200 pts               20%
4 Reaction Papers @ 100 pts each                                  400 pts               40%
Participation                                                                    100 pts               10%
Total points for the course = 1000
Final grades will be based on the following scale:
A = 100-90%
B = 89-80%
C = 79-70%
D = 69-60%
F = 59-0%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments submitted at any time after the class period on the announced due date will 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 for a class period during which an assignment is due, 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:

The following rules of conduct always apply:

1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.

2) Be honest with yourself and others.

3) Keep your sense of humor.

4) Participate in discussions and activities, and invite others to participate as well.

5) Respect the ideas and opinions of other, even when you do not agree.

6) Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning, including eliminating distractions such as electronic devices (such as cell phones, iPods, etc.--i.e., turn them OFF), and off-topic conversations with others. 
7) Arrive on time for class and do not leave early unless you have a valid excuse.
8) NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
A detailed schedule will be made available in the course's eCompanion website (

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 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.

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: .


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