GEO 203 - Survey of World Geography
Session 2: July 7 – August 12
This course encompasses a study of geography throughout the major regions of the world.
Attention is given to the physical processes that shape the surface of the earth and to the relationship between human activity and the physical environment. In addition, the course will explore how political forces influence the division and control of the earth’s resources. Maps, along with other geographic representations, tools, and techniques, will be used to demonstrate critical analysis of techniques for representation and presentation of information.
This course is designed to:
- Examine the physical and cultural geography of the world’s realms
- Introduce you to the fundamental concepts of geography
- Demonstrate the relevance of geography
- Acquaint you with the physical and cultural characteristics of the world’s various regions
- Explore the concept of economic development and factors in global disparities
- Examine the relationship between the physical environment and human culture
Textbook:World Regional Geography: Global Patterns, Local Lives, 6th ed. Lydia Mihelic Pulsipher and Alex Pulispher. W.H. Freeman and Company. 2013.
Textbook: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps that Explain Everything About the World. Tim Marshall. Scribner, 2016.
Dates: July 7 – August 12
Course: GEO 203
Credit Hours: 3
sophomore standing or permission of the instructor
The above requirements are from the Randolph College general education program. Check with your home institution to see if this course fulfills your requirements.
Tuition & Fees:
Textbooks and other course materials can be purchased separately from the source of your choosing.
Tim Matthews has been teaching World Geography at Randolph College since 2014. A native to Lynchburg, Virginia, Professor Matthews now lives in Central Virginia with his wife and three children and teaches AP Government, AP Comparative Politics, and AP Research at E.C. Glass High School.
Regarding World Geography 203, he believes that this course provides a structure to understand how geography has influenced the historical, social, economic, cultural, and political development in the world. By focusing on specific regions of study and course themes, this course fosters critical thinking skills that further one’s geographical literacy and understanding of global development. He greatly encourages participation and discussion in this course and enjoys learning about his students’ interests, travel experiences, and backgrounds.