Welcome to World Geography The most relevant class you will ever take.
What is Geography about? • Geography is the study of the earth and all that is on the earth (nothing too big). • It is broken down into two disciplines: • Physical Geography (landforms and stuff) • Human Geography (our focus)
What do Geographers study? • Anything and Everything in the world. • Ways that people affect the world. • Cultures • Governments • Businesses • Places • Why they are located where they are • Why they are important
What’s Human Geography about? • How do humans use and impact the earth? • Where are people and places located? • Why are people and places located where they are? • How are people and places arranged spatially across the earth?
What will WE study? • Fundamental Geographic Concepts • Major themes of Geography • Lots about maps, including: • Different types of maps • How to use maps • How to analyze maps • And more….
What will WE study? • Cultures and Cultural Realms • Dividing the world into culture regions. • Effects of culture on people and places • Religions • Languages • And more…
What will WE study? • Government and Politics (without geography, government doesn’t exist) • Jurisdictions and Borders • Spatial elements of politics • Conflicts and cooperation at various scales
What will WE study? • The Economy and Business • Dependent relationship between geography and business • Globalization of business • And more…
What will WE study? • Population of the World, the US, and Colorado (It’s our most important issue) • Births and Deaths • Population growth and measurement • Migration of people • And more…
What will WE study? • Humans and the environment • Human adaptation to nature • Human interaction with nature • Human changes to nature
How do we learn about geography? • Lectures - I have lots of stories • Reading - We don’t use textbooks often • Videos - The fun kind • Projects - Some small and some big
How do I calculate grades? • The dreaded weighted category system • Tests and Quizzes (including your final exam) = 66% • Homework and Projects = 34% • Grade is not final until January
What do I expect out of you? • Be here on time and ready to go. • Do geography in here (not anything else). • Put the gadgets away. • Be responsible for your learning, your behavior, and your work.