GGH 203 Geography of Europe
SP 2011 HO
Whitney, Damian M.
M.A. in Geography from The University of MissouriB.A. in Geography from California State University, Fresno
January, 10, 2011 - March, 6, 2011
11:00 - 11:50 AM
By Alexander Murphy, Terry
Jordan-Bychov and Bella Bychkova Jordan
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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
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 RubricClass Assessment:
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 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
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.
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.
10 pts each
20 total pts
20 pts each
80 total pts
50 pts each
50 total pts
100 total 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.
Note; Reading assignments are not posted on the syllabus.
They will be assigned at the end of each class.
Intro to Geography
Overview of Europe
Regions of Europe
Major phases of European
Formation of the European state
Population dynamics of Europe
Political landscape of Europe
The European Union
Economic landscape of Europe
Service and communication
Languages of Europe
Politics of Language
Religions of Europe
Religious conflicts of Europe
Cities of Europe
Urban Geography continued
Contemporary issues of Europe
Research paper due
In class presentations of
Review for Final exam
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