GGH 200 Geography of North America
S2T 2012 DL
Wright, Ann Lee
MA, Geography, 1980, University of Missouri--Columbia
816-763-4800, extension 203
March 19, 2012 to May 13, 2012
Textbook: Hardwick, Susan, Fred Shelley and Donald G. Holtgrieve. The Geography of North
America: Environment, Political Economy, and Culture. Upper Saddle River,
NJ: Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN 0-13-009727-6
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2: North America’s Environmental Setting
Introduction, Discussion, Activity, Quiz
3: Historical Settlement of North America
4: North American Political Economy
Discussion, Activity, Quiz
5: The Atlantic Periphery
8: The Great Lakes and Corn Belt
9: The Inland South
10: The Coastal South
11: The Great Plains
12: The Rocky Mountains
13: The Intermontane West
16: The Pacific Northwest
Discussion, Quiz, Core Assessment
17: Hawai’I and the Pacific Islands
18: The Far North
19: The Future of North America
Discussion, Final Exam
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