2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Pierce College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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GEOG 150 Europe, the Americas and the South Pacific (5 credits)



Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Course Description
An introduction to the rich variety of peoples, traditions, and landscapes in the geographic realms of Europe, Russia, North America, Middle America, South America, Australia, and the South Pacific. Emphasis on cultural evolution of these regions, as well as their interactions with the world and their environments.

Course Content
A. Introduction to World Regional Geography: Realms and Regions; Physical Setting; Regions and Cultures; Population; States; Development.
B. Europe: European Revolutions; Contemporary Europe; European Integration; Regions of Europe and contemporary issues.
C. Russia: Physical Environment; The Formation of Russia; The Soviet Union; Contemporary Russia; Regions of Russia and contemporary issues.
D. North America: Physical Environment; United States; Canada; Regions of North America.
E. Middle America: Pre-colonial era; Colonialism; Regions of Middle America and contemporary issues.
F. South America: Human Sequence; Fragmentation and Integration; Urbanization; Regions of South America and contemporary issues.
G. The South Pacific: Physical Environment; Regions of the Australia and the South Pacific and contemporary issues.

Student Outcomes
1. Know and use geographic information by being able to create, interpret, and use maps and spatial data.

2. Utilize geographic skills to analyze historical, cultural, economic, demographic, political, and environmental issues.

3. Synthesize information and data to convey spatial relationships.

4. Locate, map and describe major physical and human geographic features at the local, regional, national, and global levels.

5. Apply spatial theories and concepts at both the small and large scale.

6. Explain the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations in terms of physical, cultural, and economic factors and conflicts through formal and informal writing activities.

7. Analyze the dynamic relationships between human and physical systems of the Earth.

8. Articulate the influences of geographic features on the physical and cultural development of cities, nations, and regions.

9. Utilize tools such as geographic information systems, spreadsheets, and statistical packages to analyze and represent spatial relationships.

10. Articulate ways different multi-cultural perspectives impact how places are perceived, utilized, and transformed.

Degree Outcomes
Social Sciences: Graduates analyze and interpret social phenomenon using social science theories and methods.

Intercultural Engagement: Graduates demonstrate self-efficacy in intercultural engagement to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflections and expressions of cultural humility, empathy, and social and civic engagement and action. Further, graduates examine how identities/positionalities such as races, social classes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and cultures impact perceptions, actions, and the distribution of power and privilege in communities, systems, and institutions.

Information Competency: Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.

Critical, Creative and Reflective Thinking: Graduates will evaluate, analyze and synthesize information and ideas in order to construct informed, meaningful and justifiable conclusions.

Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50

Potential Methods
A. Written assignments
B. Online discussions
C. Quizzes
D. Exams
E. Observation of student participation in class discussions and other class activities



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