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GGH 110 Cultural Geography
Kean, Megan E.


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 2009 DLA

Faculty

Kean, Megan E.

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

MPA

Daytime Phone

816-392-6864

E-Mail

megan.kean@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

REQUIRED: The Human Mosaic:  A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography, 11th edition, by Terry Jordan-Bychkov, Mona Domosh, Roderick P. Neumann, and Patricia L. Price (ISBN 0-7167-6384-2)

RECOMMENDED: Light at the Edge of the World, by Wade Davis (ISBN 1553652673) - used in Extra Credit assignment

Additional Resources:

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.
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Course Description:
GGH110 Cultural Geography (MGE): 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:
I believe that the most beneficial and significant learning experiences come from connecting challenging subject matter with context that extends beyond the classroom. My ultimate goal is to prepare my students to be responsible, attentive, respectful, environmentally and socially aware individuals. I believe each student is the leader of his or her own academic journey, and each student has the potential to excel. I will engage each student to think critically and creatively about ideas, issues, and content related to cultural geography. Thoughts, questions and concerns are welcomed and encouraged. Through the guidance and assistance of the instructor, the students will become lifelong learners and critical thinkers willing to adapt to life’s changes and find solutions to our world’s social and environmental problems.

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, true/false, 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 120 points of the course grade.  You will be expected to select a place for study during the second 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: Weekly discussion threads are required and points will be awarded on the basis of quality and participation.  Discussion is worth 15 points each week (ten points for your contribution to the discussions, and five points for your peer response). Discussion posts and peer responses must be substantive, preferably between 100 and 500 words, and cannot simply be a statement (“I agree” or “No, I don’t think so”). 

Assignments & Learning Activities: A variety of different assignments worth 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 a combination of multiple choice, true/false, and essay questions and is worth 10 points.
 
Extra Credit Assignment: There will be one extra credit opportunity in the class. Students who wish to earn up to 15 points of extra credit may write an essay on the book Light at the Edge of the World by Wade Davis. The essay must be 250-400 words in length, and must relate the book to specific concepts discussed in the class. Extra credit points will be awarded at the instructor’s discretion.

Grading:

Grading Rubrics: 
Discussions: 15 points/week (120 points total)
Quizzes: 10 points/week (60 points total)
Assignments: 10-15 points/week (80 points total)
Place Portfolio (Core Assessment): 120 points
Midterm Exam: 100 points
Final Exam: 100 points

 Extra Credit Assignment: up to 15 points


Course Grading Scale
A= 90% - 100% (504 points or more)
B= 80% - 89% (448-503 points)
C= 70% - 79% (392-447 points)
D= 60% - 69% (336-391 points)
F= 59% and below (335 points or less)

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Discussions must be posted in the appropriate week. Any discussions posted after Sunday midnight will NOT count towards the student’s weekly discussion points. 

Assignments and Place Portfolios submitted after the announced due date may be penalized 10% of the total possible points for each day they are late. If you have arranged for or been granted an excused absence by the instructor, an alternative due date may be arranged. Failure to turn in the assignment by the alternative due date may result in a 10% point deduction per day.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.  Class participation is considered an essential part of the learning process.  A significant portion of your class grade specifically consists of your participation in class discussions.  Also, be aware that the instructor is required to submit attendance for each class week 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 from the course. Please note that participation and attendance are distinctly different; a student can be “present” for an online class but can still receive a “0” for discussions if he/she does not participate.

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.  Repeated occurrences of such behavior will be grounds for further administrative action as allowed by the Park University student code of conduct.

3.  Students must recognize that, while technology is what makes this online course possible, it 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 your computer hard drive. Saving an additional copy to a flash stick or external hard drive is highly recommended.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1 (October 19-25):Chapter 1: Human Geography: A Cultural Approach
Week 2 (October 26-November 1): Chapter 3: Population Geography: Shaping the Human Mosaic
Week 3 (November 2-8): Chapters 2 & 5: Many Worlds: Geographies of Cultural Difference & Geographies of Race and Ethnicity: Mosaic or Melting Pot?
Week 4 (November 9-15): Chapter 4: Speaking About Places: The Geography of Language & MIDTERM EXAM
Week 5 (November 16-22): Chapter 7: The Geography of Religion: Spaces and Places of Sacredness
Week 6 (November 23-29): Chapter 6: Political Geography: A Divided World
Week 7 (November 30-December 6): Chapter 8: Agriculture: The Geography of the Global Food System & PLACE PORTFOLIO DUE
Week 8 (December 7-13):  Chapters 9 & 12: Geography of Economies: Industries, Services and Development and One World or Many? The Cultural Geography 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87
Academic dishonesty in the School of Online Learning includes but is not limited to:

• Plagiarism occurs when a writer represents another person's words or ideas as his/her own. Most often, plagiarism results when writers fail to enclose direct quotations in quotation marks; fail to include citations in the text or as footnotes; and/or fail to furnish a reference/works consulted list to accompany researched writing.  
 
• Cheating occurs when the integrity of an activity or examination is compromised through dishonesty or deceit. Cheating includes unsanctioned student collaboration or the use of unsanctioned collateral materials. Cheating includes exchanging information about proctored examinations, quizzes, or other class activities that are designed to be completed independently.
 
• Misrepresentation involves providing false information in an academic assignment, furnishing false or misleading information to instructors or other University personnel, or presenting misleading or fabricated data as valid.

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 92
In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, the instructor will file an Academic Dishonesty Report to the university and the student will be notified. Any student caught plagiarizing or cheating will receive a zero (0) on the offended assignment or discussion post. The second occurrence of plagiarism or cheating will result in an “F” in the course.

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, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. 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".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 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 .



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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