Meeting: MWF 10:30-11:20 Saunders 637
PSB 313 956-7092 firstname.lastname@example.org
Overview: The Geography of North America provides an overview of the physical and cultural geography of the continent. It addresses locations and patterns of population, natural resources, industry, agriculture, and transportation and communication networks. It introduces the various regions and examines their characters. The course assumes some familiarity with geographic concepts as might be gained in 101 or 102 or 151. (map).
Readings: The back-bone of the readings will be: J.H. Paterson's North America (9th ed.) 1994. Oxford University Press. New York, New York. (A used copy should cost you about $2.) We will make considerable use of GoogleEarth (tm) and statistical and other resources available on 'the web'. Supplemental readings from newspapers and other sources may be added as needed as we go.
You should also have an atlas or map such as Edward B. Espenshade (ed), 1995. Goode's World Atlas, the Readers' Digest Atlas of America, or Bartholomew's 1:10,000,000 scale North America: Continental Travel Map to bolster your reading.
The schedule of readings and topics are indicated on the syllabus.
Requirements and Grading: Attendance, participation and engagement are expected. You will need keep up with the readings and written assignments and be prepared to discuss them in class. Grades will be based on several components:
My hope is that we will act as a community of scholars to help each other broaden and deepen our understanding of North America through reading, writing, and speaking about it.