The Geography of North America provides an overview of the physical and cultural geography of the continent. It presents patterns of population, natural resources, industry, agriculture, and transportation/communication networks, and examines regions and their characters. The course assumes some familiarity with geographic concepts as might be gained in 101 or 102 or 151.
The back-bone readings will be from two texts: J.H. Paterson North America (9th ed.). (1994. Oxford University Press. New York New York.) and Joel Garreau The Nine Nations of North America. (1981. Houghton Mifflin. Boston. In paperback since 1992.). An inexpensive atlas or map set will also be required. Supplemental readings will be on reserve in Sinclair Library:
It is expected that you will keep up with the readings and
written assignments and be prepared to discuss them in class.
Grades will be based on several components.
25% on (approximately) weekly short (1 or 2 page) writing assignments aimed at integrating readings, lectures and current events.
20% Mid-term exam (mixed format).
30% Term paper (in proposal, draft, and final paper stages) which examines a sub-region or a systematic concern in some detail.
25% Final exam (mixed format).