GEOG& 102: World Regional Geography

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Examines the diversity of the world's human and physical landscapes using a regional approach. Geographic concepts and the dynamics of development are discussed within the context of 10 major geographic realms. Regional disparities and interdependencies provide an important focus for understanding the global complexity of social systems.

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  1. The regional framework including Europe, Russia & CIS, North America, South America, North Africa/SW Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Pacific.
  2. Core-periphery regional relationships, power differentials, and development theories.
  3. Landscape approaches to physical systems in interaction with human systems.
  4. Urbanization in post-industrial societies.
  5. Legacies of colonization and changing land tenure patterns.
  6. Cultural diversity and ethnic fragmentation.
  7. Race and racism in the context of colonialism, urbanization, refugees, and apartheid.
  8. Political and economic supranationalism.
  9. Patterns of health, nutrition and their environmental connections.
  10. Demographic pressures on regional disparities.
  11. Rural/Urban contrasts in developing realms.
  12. Borderlands, boundaries, and territorial claims.