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Geography 101: Human and Cultural Geography
June 2012 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: focus on contemporary geography by examining cultural ecology and environmental determinism, and discovering how new technologies enhance geographical exploration; describe the development of languages and religions and identify differences in religious cultures; infer and justify the origins of human culture and its effect on the environment by examining the domestication of plants and animals and the impact of resource consumption; connect ethnic distribution with settlement patterns and evaluate the effect this has on cities, suburbs, and rural areas; break down economic sectors, assess their standards of living, and anticipate how the economy of a region is affected by its resources; assess the impact humans have on the environment, distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources, and consider threats to environmental sustainability; weigh and debate the benefits of industrialization, genetic engineering, and chemical pesticides against land conservation and hazardous waste management; identify environmental risk factors such as toxins and pollutants, and question how politics can affect environmental health.
The course is self-paced. Instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to human cultural geography; the geography of languages, religions, and material culture; the origin and dispersal of humans and culture; effects of population on the environment; domestication of plants and animals; ethnicity and geography; geography of land resources; spatial processes; settlement patterns; modern economic systems; political geography; impacts of humans on the environment; renewable resources; nonrenewable resources; and food and agriculture.
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Social Sciences or Global Interdependencies (6/17).