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

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GEOG 160 Africa, Middle East, and Asia (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 Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa South West Asia, South Asia, East Asia, and South East Asia. Emphasis is on the origins and evolution of the diverse cultural heritages of these regions, their interactions with the world as a whole, and on present interaction between these peoples and their environments.

Course Content
A. Introduction to World Regional Geography: Realms and Regions; Physical Setting; Regions and Cultures; Population; States; Development.
B. Sub-Saharan Africa: Physical Environment; Historical Legacy; Contemporary Africa; Regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and contemporary issues.
C. North Africa / Southwest Asia: Islam and the Arab World; Resources oil and water; Regions of The Middle East and contemporary issues.
D. South Asia: Physical Environment; Population Issues; Regions of South Asia and contemporary issues.
E. East Asia: Physical Environment; Historical Geography; Jakota: Modern Asia. Southeast Asia Maritime and Continental Realms; Political and Cultural Fragmentations; Regions of Southeast Asia 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, synthesize, and generate ideas; construct informed, meaningful, and justifiable conclusions; and process feelings, beliefs, biases, strengths, and weaknesses as they relate to their thinking, decisions, and creations.

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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