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G E O G 1: Places and Landscapes in a Changing World

Second Semester A. Y. 2016 2017

Credits: 3.0 units

Instructor

E-mail

AMORSOLO, DOMINIQUE SASHA N.

dnamorsolo(at)up(dot)edu(dot)ph

Contact

981 8500 ext. 2374

Consultation

CSSP Palma Hall Pavilion 2 PH 2232

(by appointment)

Monday, 1:00PM to 5:00PM Tuesday, 10:00AM 11:30AM; 04:00PM

05:00PM

Wednesday, 10:00AM 11:30AM Thursday, 10:00AM 11:30AM Friday, 10:00AM 11:30AM

COURSE DESCRIPTION

- an overview of the diversity of interconnection of people and places in a globalizing world as mediated

by cultures, politics, and historical development

COURSE GOALS

critically understand basic geographic concepts;

understand the interconnections of people, places and landscapes in a globalizing world to

develop critical perspectives on global, geographic issues affecting both the country and the rest

of the world; and

appreciate the relevance and application of geographic knowledge in our everyday lives

COURSE OUTLINE

Geography: An Introduction

- Sub-disciplines and Elements

- Five Themes of Geography

Location

Movement

Region

Place

Space

Maps and Cartography

- Brief History

- Basic Concepts and Principles

- Other Geographic Tools

- Counter-cartographies

Cultural Geographies

- Geographies of Population

- Geography and Languages

- Sexual and Gendered Geographies

- Geography and Ethnicity

- Nature and Society

- Place, Space, and Landscape

Integration

NOTE: The syllabus will be followed as closely as possible although there may be some departures due to

various circumstances (e.g. class suspensions due to typhoons, special non-working holidays, etc.)

BASIS FOR EVALUATION

Quizzes

50.00%

Activities

30.00%

Active class participation

15.00%

Group Project

5.00%

Field Trip

(Incentive)

100.00%

GRADE CONVERSION

Points

Equivalent

Comments

96 100

1.00

Excellent

91

95

1.25

86

90

1.50

Very Good

81

85

1.75

76

80

2.00

Good

71

75

2.25

66

70

2.50

Satisfactory

61

65

2.75

56

60

3.00

Passing

51

55

4.00

Conditional Failure

0 50

5.00

Failure

(INC)

Incomplete

(DRP)

Dropped

GUIDELINES

Quizzes. There will be quizzes given, and these will cover the topics the class needs to read about, or has

read and/or discussed. Students who are late or absent will not be given make-up quizzes.

Activities. Class activities will also be given as an alternative to traditional classroom discussion. Class

activities may be in the form of individual participation or group dynamics.

Active Class Participation. Using the course syllabus as a guide, students are required to do prior readings

before each session; otherwise the student will do poor in all class activities. Individual participation will be

based on the teacher’s rating and/or peer evaluation depending on the class activity.

Group Project. The final project is an integration of the topics discussed, activities made, or the lessons

learned for this course. Details will be given later in the semester.

Field Trip. Participating in the class’s field trip is not mandatory but it is highly encouraged for the students

to do so

IMPORTANT POLICIES

On Attendance. As per university rule, each student is allowed only 6 absences for the entire semester.

Students with more than six (6) excused absences will be dropped from the course while students with more

than six unexcused absences will automatically incur a grade of 5.0. For extracurricular activityrelated

absences, inform the instructor in advance. Coming in to class 15 minutes after the time will be marked late.

Three marks of tardiness is equivalent to an absence. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of his/her

attendance.

On Cheating and Plagiarism. University rules are in effect concerning cheating, plagiarism, or any other form

of academic dishonesty. Cheating on exams will result in a 5.0 for the exam and for the course, which may

be followed by further disciplinary action from the university. Plagiarism is not allowed. Cite your sources

appropriately. Plagiarized works will not be accepted.

On Late Submissions. The instructor does not accept late submissions. Submissions are submitted/presented

only during appointed time and in set places. If a requirement is not submitted in class on the appointed

time and place, the grade for that requirement is zero. Exams are taken only at the set time and place.

On Missed Exams. Make-up exams are given only under the following circumstances:

a medical emergency. Please bring a medical certificate;

a family emergency. Please bring a medical or funeral certificate, or other piece of documentation

that explains the situation;

conflict with a religious observance. Please inform the instructor well in advance; or (series of)

unfortunate (and unexpected) event/s such as being involved in a road incidence with the

police. Present a piece of documentation concerning the circumstance.

SUGGESTED REFERENCES

Knox, P., Marston, S., and Nash, A. (2007). Human geography: places and regions in a global context. Toronto: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Knox, P., Marston, S., and Nash, A. (2004). Human geography: places and regions in global context. Toronto: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Strahler, A. and Strahler, A. (2011). Introduction to physical geography. 5 th ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., MA., USA.

Hamblin, W.K. and Christiansen, E.H. (2003) Earth’s dynamic systems. 10 th ed. Prentice Hall, NJ, USA.

(Other references and/or reading materials will be send to students via e-mail)

NOTE: It is suggested that you read other geography books. A number of these are available at the Main Library (Social Sciences Section).