Regional Geography 105
Regional Geography at Black Hawk College is an introductory course in geography. The course is a traditional lecture-style class. Through the use of lectures, textbook, and homework exercises, students explore and study the regions and realms of the world. The realms examined in this course include North America, Middle America, South America, Europe, North Africa & Southwest Asia, Subsaharan Africa, Russia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific. Each realm is used to highlight the various ways in which geographers study human realms. History, economics, culture, politics, geomorphic features, and environments are all parts of how a realm is defined. Key aspects of each realm are examined to help students gain a better appreciation for the world around them.
Daily discussions focus on current events in international news. Homework assignments are designed to help students learn the names and locations of countries, capitals, and major physiographic features within each of the realms. These assignments also allow student to explore the various human aspects of each of the realms, including language, religion, population, and government structure.
Students may also be asked to complete a term project for this course. There are a variety of term projects that are available. Research papers are typically 5 to 10 pages. Oral presentations of 7 to 10 minutes have also been used in this course. Each semester a list of topics are selected. One of these topics is chosen by the student, researched and submitted in a written paper or oral presentation. Topics are usually ones that are not covered in detail by the course materials or are topics of recent interest.
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