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

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of maps, places in the world, landscapes, and cultures
  2. Describe the regions of the world, including meaningful categories and patterns
  3. Identify the concept of environment: its physical, biotic, and cultural elements
  4. Analyze the diversity and distribution of environments as spatial arrangements, over the earth's surface
  5. Analyze the ecological processes that tend to increase productivity and those that contribute toward the deterioration of the environment
  6. 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

  1. Regional Geography of the world: concepts and classifications including geographic scale, mapping, culture and landscape, changing natural environments, distribution patterns of physical features (climate, vegetation, soils) and cultural features (population, language, religion, disease), politics, economics and history of regions, contemporary issues including, but not limited to, water, environmental degradation, biodiversity, climate change, development, globalization and urbanization.
  2. North America.
  3. Latin America and the Caribbean
  4. Europe
  5. Russia and the Post-Soviet States
  6. North Africa and Southwest Asia
  7. Sub-Saharan Africa
  8. South Asia
  9. Southeast Asia
  10. East Asia
  11. Oceania

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.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid, or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Standard textbooks are used, along with an appropriate atlas.
Representative texts will use current editions.  Some that have been used recently are:

H.J. DeBlij and Peter Muller, Jan Nijman, Geography: Realms, Regions and Concepts, John Wiley & Sons.

Hobbs, Joseph J, World Regional Geography. Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

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

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

XI.   Other Course Information

Support Services: Tutoring is available at the Learning Center.

Important Dates: *
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record
XX/XX: Last day to change to Audit
XX/XX: Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"

* These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.

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.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.