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GGH 203 Geography of Europe
Whitney, Damian M.


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

Course

GGH 203 Geography of Europe

Semester

SP 2011 HO

Faculty

Whitney, Damian M.

Title

Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. in Geography from The University of Missouri
B.A. in Geography from California State University, Fresno

Office Location

Online

E-Mail

damian.whitney@park.edu

Semester Dates

January, 10, 2011 - March, 6, 2011

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

  1. The European Culture Area: A Systematic Geography” 5th edition

By Alexander Murphy, Terry Jordan-Bychov and Bella Bychkova Jordan

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Course Description:
GGH 203 Geography of Europe (MGE): This comprehensive course will study the physical and cultural geography of the regions of the European continent. Topics will include: economic problems, environmental problems, population dynamics, and current political geographical issues. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

I incorporate a mix of lecture and student interaction to facilitate learning. I use class discussion to help students engage each other in the course material.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and identify the basic characteristics of European regions.
  2. Identify European countries and major physiographic features by name and map location.
  3. Analyze the characteristics, distribution and cultural complexity of European populations.
  4. Evaluate the European role in the global community.


Core Assessment:

Homework Assignment Portfolio – collection of 4 assignments, as well as a learning essay.  Each assignment is related to each of the core learning outcomes.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Quizzes:

There will be four quizzes worth 20 points each. These will not be cumulative. Quizzes will be given at the end of the assigned week (see the course schedule for Quiz dates).   

Participation/weekly articles:

Participation will count for a lot in this class. You are expected to be in class and participate fully in discussions and in class activities. If you have to miss a class or quiz, please let me know in advance. Points will be deducted for unexcused absences. A significant portion of your participation grade will come from weekly articles. You will have until Friday every week to bring a news article to class and discuss it as a group. Articles should deal specifically with European issues and be relevant to the class. Participation points will be given for in class discussions each week as well as finding and presenting your article. You will also be expected to come to class prepared to discuss all reading assignments. Any material in the reading assignments or in class assignments will likely show up on quizzes or in the final. 

Map Assignments:

There will be two map assignments, each worth 10 points. This is a take-home assignment that you will have about two weeks to complete. I will go over the assignment details in class. 

Research Paper:

There will be a short research paper due at the end of week 14. There will be no minimum page requirement, but there must be enough content to thoroughly explain your topic (papers should generally be at least 4-5 pages long). There is no pre-assigned topic. You will be able to choose what you write about, as long as it relevant to the issues we cover in class (I will go into more detail about the parameters of acceptable paper topics in class). Please come to me with your proposed paper topics by the end of week 7. Part of your research paper grade will be an in-class presentation of your research topic during week 14. More detail will be given about the presentations in class.

Final Exam: The Final exam will be cumulative. It is also the primary assessment for this course, which means it will make up the most significant portion of your grade. Week 15 will be used to review for the final.

Grading:

Map Assignments

10 pts each

20 total pts

quizzes

20 pts each

80 total pts

Participation

50 pts each

50 total pts

Research Paper

40 pts

50 total pts

Final Exam

100 pts

100 total pts

total

300 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
I do not accept late material. If you think you may have an issue making an assingment or attending a class, please let me know in advance.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

-I expect you to conduct yourselves courteously and professionally. This includes class discussions and the content of any assignments you turn in. If I have to remind you to keep it courteous, it means I have docked you points.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Schedule:

Note; Reading assignments are not posted on the syllabus. They will be assigned at the end of each class.

 

Week1

Syllabus

Intro to Geography

Geographic concepts

Week 2

Overview of Europe

Regions of Europe

Week 3

Physical Europe

Climate

Energy resources/usage

Quiz 1

Week 4

Major phases of European history

Formation of the European state

Week 5

Demographics

Population dynamics of Europe

Immigration

Week 6

Political landscape of Europe

Devolution

Supranationalism

The European Union

Quiz 2

Week 7

Economic landscape of Europe

The Euro

Economic sectors

Week 8

Agriculture

Industry

Service and communication sectors

Week 9

Languages of Europe

Politics of Language

Quiz 3

Week 10

Religions of Europe

Sacred places

Religious conflicts of Europe

Week 11

Urban Geography

Cities of Europe

Week 12

Urban Geography continued

Week 13

Contemporary issues of Europe

Quiz 4

Week 14

Research paper due

In class presentations of research topics

Week 15

Review for Final exam

Week 16

Review

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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)
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 
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 4 core learning outcomes Written work demonstrates minimal evidence of integrating the concepts identified in at least 3 of the 4 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 
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 
Content of Communication                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
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 
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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 
First Literacy: Civic                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene None the artifacts within the portfolio clearly address a recognition of the existence of diverse alternative systems and their necessary global relationships, an appreciation of the geographical and historical roots which are shaping these systems, and demonstrate that the student is able to see the complexity of social, political, and economic systems and problems on the national and international scene 
Second Literacy: Values                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Outcomes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
All of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. At least 2 of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. Only one of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. None of the artifacts within the portfolio clearly demonstrate an appreciation of the diversity of value systems and their interconnection with the cultures in which they are found, yet openness to the possibility that there may be common goals and principles that can serve as the basis for intercultural judgments and demonstrates that the student is sensitive to value questions. 

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