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Extra Credit for Human Geography

In our Human Geography class the student shall demonstrate understanding of human geography by: Identifying the location of major places and geographic features on the surface of the earth, the physical and cultural characteristics of places, the physical processes that shape patterns on the earth's surface, how movement of cultural characteristics interconnects various places and how the physical environment is modified by and modifies human activities. By the end of the semester the students will also be able to interpret and communicate geographic information through maps and other forms of graphic tools and geographic information system. The students will be able to analyze the effects of alterations on cultural landscapes, physical landscapes or both. Every student will be able to analyze the relationship between geography and a dispute about land use versus ownership or political control and analyzing the relationship between geography and culture.
Shaping of the New World Order So many changes affect the geopolitical world today that it is difficult to keep track of them and even more difficult to discern long-term trends that may give us a hint of what lies ahead. Geographers keep track of new states and their borders, new subdivisions with states that sometimes reflect devolutionary pressures, and signals such as election returns and their geographic implications. But much of what is stirring the world today cannot be put on a map, at least not on a global scale. Europe's drive toward union is unfinished and now stalled. The Pacific Rim is in rapid transformation. Russian nationalism is reawakening. China's communist empire is on the move. New maps will undoubtedly be drawn, but what will they look like? There appears to be three longterm trends that are shaping the New World Order: 1. Demands for Democracy Iraq, Kenya Canada, China, Mexico, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Congo. Visions of Independence Scotland, Hawaii, Flanders, Slovenes, Eritreans, Estonians, Tatars, Tamils, Cypriot Turks, Chechens, Corsicans, Abkhazians. Revival of Religions return to religious cultural basics. China-Confucianism, Christianity, Islam
A. Research Process-Collect primary data to investigate a topic, problem or issue. B. Social Science Processes: Investigate historical artifacts, documents, events or concepts using social science processes. Give an explanation of how cultures interact with their environment. Make an evaluation of the interactions within and across cultures.
Please choose one of the following elements in your extra credit essay. Select a Place (the World is your oyster) Where is the Place? What is it like?, How have people changed it by their interaction with the environment?, How is this place similar to and different from other places? What about their population. Effects, past, Present and Future. Why is population currently a problem in some areas and not in others? What part of the population pyramid is your place (the one you selected). Activity of migration and immigration? analyze reasons and effects of population. Is agriculture a big part of your place? Why is agricuture so prevalent in the world today? What are the different types of agriculture? What are the effects of agriculture on the environment. Is your place a part with the Von Thunen's agricultural land use model? What are the Natural Resources? Where are the resources and how does their distribution affect wealth? How does industrialization affects your country or region? What is needed economically, politically, socially, and environmentally for industry to be successful?
Geographical factors behind the shaping of the "New World Order": 1. Environmental Factors 2. Failures of the State System 3. An Antiquated Boundary Framework 4. Supranationalist Schemes 5. Migrations 6. The Flow of Ideas 7. The Flow of Weapons 8. Irredentism 9. The Domino Effect 10. Religious Fundamentalism 11. Regional Disparities