World Regional Geography

GEOG 1303

Updated May 09, 2011

  • State Approval Code: 4507015325
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Study of major world regions with emphasis on prevailing conditions and
developments, including emerging conditions and trends and the awareness and diversity of ideas and
practices to be found in those regions. Course content may include one or more regions.
Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 0

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Use logical reasoning in problem solving.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Communication (composition, speech, modern language)

  • To understand and demonstrate writing and speaking processes through invention, organization, drafting, revision, editing, and presentation.
  • To participate effectively in groups with emphasis on listening, critical and reflective thinking, and responding.
  • To develop the ability to research and write a documented paper and/or to give an oral presentation.


  • To interpret mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables and schematics, and draw inferences from them.

Natural Sciences

  • To demonstrate knowledge of the major issues and problems facing modern science, including issues that touch upon ethics, values, and public policies.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of the interdependence of science and technology and their influence on, and contribution to, modern culture.

Humanities and Visual and Performing Arts

  • To understand those works as expressions of individual and human values within an historical and social context.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view.
  • To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
  • To recognize and assume one's responsibility as a citizen in a democratic society by learning to think for oneself, by engaging in public discourse, and by obtaining information through the news 4 media and other appropriate information sources about politics and public policy.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

1. Introduce the student to the major culture regions of the world
2. To understand the diverse cultural, economic, and political patterns within and between world regions.
3. To examine the physical features and processes of the Earth and how they impact world regions
4. To be able to use geographer’s tools and apply them.
5. To examine current conditions in the world’s realms and discern trends for the future.

Specific Course Objectives

1. Locate the world’s regions and the countries within them on a map.
2. Use and interpret maps and graphs.
3. Describe the physical characteristics of the Earth’s realms.
4. Describe the human characteristics of world regions.
5. Interpret regional population growth or decline.
6. Assess the impact of human-environment interaction.
7. Understand the unequal distribution of global wealth or resources.
8. Determine the impact of the movement of people and ideas over space and time.
9. Create mental maps and conceptualize the world’s regions, leading to a greater appreciation of the diversity of people and places of the Earth.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

This course will examine:
1. an overview of the physical processes of the Earth, such as physical features and climate patterns
2. map information
3. population distribution and trends
4. language and religion patterns
5. economies of the world and effects of globalization
6. world regions and specific countries within them, applying this information.

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

Methods of delivery will vary among instructors and will be affected by whether the course is in the classroom or via Internet or ITV. The nature of Geography, however, lends itself to a wide range of delivery modes, utilizing lecture, discussion, readings, handouts, and audio-visuals.


Course evaluation will include periodic examinations, map quizzes, and a written project.
The grading scale is standard: A = 100-90; B = 89-80; C = 79-70; D = 69-60;
F = 59 and below.

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

H.J. de Blij and Peter Muller. Relms, Regions, and Concepts 14th
ed. (or currently used textbook); maps. Recommended: Hammond Comparative World Atlas