GGH 110 Cultural Geography
S2T 2010 DL
Donaldson, Daniel P.
Associate Professor of Geography, and Associate VP for Academic Affairs
Ph.D. Geography, Kent State UniversityM.A. Geography, California State University, FullertonB.A. Geography, California State University, Fullerton
MacKay Hall 14
Online T/R 12-1p, F 9-10
15 March – 9 May, 2010
The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography, 11th edition. by Terry Jordan-Bychkov, Mona Domosh, Roderick P. Neumann, and Patricia L. Price. W. H. Freeman and Company, New York, 2010
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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· Does the course include multicultural or global dimensions?
In addition, students should be aware that this course is a part of the core curriculum for all majors in the Geography Program at Park University. As such, this course is specifically designed to meet the “Human Systems” Program Competency, which states that our students will be able to: Analyze and explain the characteristics and spatial distributions of human populations and the processes that shape these patterns. In essence, this is the ultimate goal for everyone enrolled in this course.
Note: Many of the goals and learning outcomes for this course are directly based on the National Geography Standards developed for K-16 geographic education. See the following link for more information: NCGE National Geography Standards
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
· Multiple Homework assignments and/or Quizzes
· Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)
· Portfolio (CA) (consisting of papers
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment: Exams: Midterm and Final exams consisting of multiple choice, map 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 in the course eCollege page. 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: Eight 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 and 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 multiple choice questions and is worth 10 points.
Exams (2 worth 100 pts each)
Place Portfolio (Core Assessment)
Discussions (8 worth 10 pts each)
Quizzes (6 worth 10 pts each)
Assignments/Learning Activities (8 worth 5-10 pts each)
Late Submission of Course Materials: Assignments submitted at any time after the announced due date will be penalized 25% 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.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: 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.
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.
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.).
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.
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 (15-21 March) - Chapter 1: What is Geography? - Quiz 1
Week 2 (22-28 March) - Chapter 3: Population Geography - Quiz 2
Week 3 (29 March - 4 April) - Chapter 2 and 5: Cultural and Ethnic Geography - Quiz 3
Week 4 (5-11 April) - Chapter 4: Geography of Language - MIDTERM EXAM
Week 5 (12-18 April) - Chapter 7: Geography of Religion - Quiz 4
Week 6 (19-25 April) - Chapter 6: Political Geography - Quiz 5
Week 7 (26 April - 2 May) - Chapter 8: Agricultural Geography - Quiz 6; PLACE PORTFOLIO DUE
Week 8 (3-9 May) - Chapter 9 and 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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92
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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92Students may receive a zero (no credit) for any assignment that has violated the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism policies in any way. In addition, the student may be reported to the Dean for any additional disciplinary action that is deemed appropriate by the university.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
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 .
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