World Regional Geography - 1st year

Provides a survey of the world’s major cultural regions. These regions will be examined in relation to various geographic aspects of contemporary economic, social and political conditions.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of historical, social and environmental processes that have shaped the world’s major cultural regions;

2. Compare and contrast human societies that have evolved under differing historical, cultural and environmental forces;

3. Demonstrate knowledge of major world regions, states and cultural/physical features;

4. Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply elementary geographic theory and scientific methodology to the study of the world’s regions;

5. Analyze problems within the framework of the course using appropriate geographic methods and tools and communicate this knowledge in written form.


Course topics will include the following:

1. Natural Environment

2. Human Society

3. Sub-Saharan Africa

4. North Africa/Southwest Asia

5. Europe

6. North Asia

7. South Asia

8. China

9. Southeast Asia

10. Oceania

11. Latin America

12. North America

13. Japan

Method of Instruction:

1. Lecture

2. Class Discussion

Types of Assignments:

1. Course Readings

2. Discussion

3. Research paper

Sample Text:

1. Diversity Amid Globalization: World Regions, Environment, Development L. Rowntree, M. Lewis, W. Wyckoff, M. Price. Prentice Hall 2000.

2. Geography: Regions, Realms, and Concepts by H.J. Deblij and Peter O. Muller