Curriculum Guideline

Selected Regions

Effective Date:
Course Code
GEOG 1190
Selected Regions
Geography and the Environment
Humanities & Social Sciences
Start Date
End Term
Not Specified
Semester Length
Max Class Size
Contact Hours
Lecture: 4 hrs. per week / semester
Method Of Instruction
Methods Of Instruction

The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:

  • lectures
  • small group discussions
  • visual presentations – PowerPoint and videos
  • individual and team projects
  • field assignments
  • practical in-class exercises
Course Description
This course is an introduction to the geography of a selected region of the world, using the concepts and methods of regional geography. It will provide students with the opportunity to apply the tools of geographical analysis to the study of part of the world as a distinctive world region. The physical characteristics of the region will be described and the history of its occupation of the region will be documented. The region will also be placed within the framework of the varied regions that constitute the modern world.
Course Content
  1. Introduction
    a)       Approaches to the study of regional geography
    b)       Definition of the region under study
  2. The Physical Setting
    a)       Location
    b)       Geology and landforms
    c)       Climate
    d)       Hydrology
    e)       Soils and vegetation
    f)        Natural hazards
    g)       Natural resources
  3. Culture History
    a)       Occupation by human beings
    b)       Environmental impacts
    c)       Culture traits
  4. Population
    a)       Structure
    b)       Change
    c)       Rural settlement
    d)       Urbanization and cities
  5. Economy
    a)       Economic history
    b)       Models of economic development
    c)       Modern economies
    d)       External economic relations and globalization
  6. Environment
    a)       Human Impact on the environment
  7. Conclusion
    a)    Characterizing the region
    b)    The Future
Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

  1. Collect geographical data and display it in maps.
  2. Analyze the spatial distributions of geographic phenomena.
  3. Explain the geographical concepts involved in regional analysis.
  4. Describe the physical characteristics of the region.
  5. Explain the complex interactions of culture and environment involved in the occupation of the region by human beings.
  6. Describe the exploitation of the region by its occupants.
  7. Place the region within the wider context of the world system of regions.
  8. Analyze contemporary issues associated with the region using appropriate written, oral and graphical communication skills.
  9. Demonstrate basic analytical reasoning, quantitative interpretation and map comprehension skills.
  10.  Assess the impact of globalization on the region.
Means of Assessment

Evaluation will be based on course objectives and will be carried out in accordance with Douglas College policy. The instructor will provide a written course outline with specific criteria during the first week of classes.


A sample evaluation scheme would be:

Assignments  20%
Tests  45%
Term project         25%
Participation  10%
Total 100%
Textbook Materials

Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:

A textbook appropriate to the region will be selected by the instructor, subject to the approval of the Geography Department.