World Regional Geography

I.     Course Prefix/Number: GEG 120

       Course Name: World Regional Geography

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course analyzes regions of the world. Content includes looking at patterns and distributions of economic, political and social organizations of different nations, to gain global perspective on current world events; focus is on aspects of development and underdevelopment using representative regions as examples.

IV.   Learning Objectives

A. Demonstrate basic knowledge of maps, places in the world, landscapes, and cultures
B. Describe the regions of the world, including meaningful categories and patterns
C. Explain the concept of environment: its physical, biotic, and cultural elements
D. Analyze the diversity and distribution of environments as spatial arrangements, over the earth's surface
E. Analyze the ecological processes that tend to increase productivity and those that contribute toward the deterioration of the environment
F. Describe the cultural processes of invention, diffusion, and culture change, including man's perception and use of space

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A. Regional Geography of the world: Regional Concepts and Classifications, Geographic Scale, Concepts of Culture and Landscape, Mapping, Changing Natural Environments, Vegetation Regimes, Soil Distribution, World Population Patterns, Politics and Geography, Geographic Realms of the World.

B. Developed Regions: The Mosaic of Europe: Landscape and Rivalries, Heritage of Order, Empires, Rebirths, and Revolutions, Problems of Economic Decline and Political Fragmentation; Regions of Europe; the British Isles; Western Europe; Nordic Europe; Mediterranean Europe; Eastern Europe.

C. Australia: Migration and Transfer, Economic Activities and Urbanization, Population Policies, Politico-Geographical Structures, New Zealand.

D. Russia: Region and Realm, A World Superpower, the European Heritage, Physiography.

E. North America, The Postindustrial Transition.

F. Japan: the Aftermath of Empire.

G. Middle and South America: Collision of Cultures.  Emerging Brazil.

H. Africa and Southeast Asia.  African Worlds: the Environmental Base, Continental Drift, Environmental Hazards and Diseases, Africa's Past, Colonial Sequence of Transport Development, Contemporary African Regions, West Africa, East Africa, Equatorial Africa, Southern Africa.

I. India and the Indian Perimeter: India's Economic Geography and Development, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka.

J. China of the Four Modernizations: The Geography of Development, The New China, Taiwan, Korea.

K. Southeast Asia: Between the Giants, Population Patterns, Indochina, European Colonial Frameworks, Fragmented Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, the Insurgent Vietnamese State, The Domino Theory and Thailand.

L. Pacific Regions:  Melanesia, Micronesia, Polynesia.

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, class discussions and articles, videos and other media used.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are expected to attend each class, having read the assigned textbook material before coming to class, bringing with them any questions they might have on the text or other related materials.  They are also expected to be actively engaged in the class sessions through such things as attentiveness to lectures and films, note-taking, asking questions, doing the assigned writing, and involvement in class discussions.

Students will be required to write outside of class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of Journal articles, and/or a series of shorter analytical papers.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Examinations, quizzes, class participation and occasionally maps filling and/or paper writing and presentation.

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

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  • victims of sexual misconduct
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