GEOG-2010: World Regional Geography ( Online | Spring 2018 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Todd Blankenbeckler

Instructor Rank

Assistant Professor

Instructor Email
Instructor Website

Instructor Office

Sulcer 212

Instructor Phone

(901) 333-4305

Department Phone

 (901) 333-4612

Course Information
Course Description

This course surveys the interrelationships of spatial location and the major cultures of both developing and industrialized nations of the world. The course examines the geographical characteristics, religions, and philosophies of diverse populations unique to the major geographic regions of the world.  

Student Learning Objectives

After the completion of this course the student will demonstrate the ability to:

Course Objectives:

  • Develop and promote an awareness and understanding of what is meant by globalism.
  • Acknowledge the diversity, complexities, and contributions of current and past cultures.
  • Analyze and compare from a geographic perspective the physical, historic, religious, political, social, cultural, economic and contemporary issues of world regions.
  • Understand the relationship of the natural environment and agriculture of areas.
  • Evaluate facts and perspectives to understand the role of humans and their environment.


 General Education Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply fundamental understanding of basic principles related to geography.
  • Understand diversity and the concept of globalism.
  • Locate, identify, and label physical features and specific locations on maps.
  • Access and utilize current information.
  • Develop an understanding of the past and link historic and current events to specific geographic locations.
  • Use appropriate discipline terminology.
  • Examine, analyze, and evaluate complex relationships and collision of world cultures.
  • Illustrate the relationship and impact between humans and the natural environment.
  • Foster a sense of responsibility (class attendance, punctuality, preparedness, deadlines, etc)
  • Practice and promote writing and communication skill

READ-0820 or equivalent AND ENGL-0820 or equivalent

Instructional / Learning Methods

This is a reading intensive class. To succeed students should follow the reading assignment schedule, utilize the study guide material, and complete all assigned evaluation activities in a timely manner

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text
  • Diversity Amid Globalization: Workd Regions, Environment, Development. 6th  ed. Rowntree, Lewis, Price & Wyckoff     Pearson Prentice Hall  ©2015     
  • Mastering Geography (Modified) Access Card (Bundled with textbook)


Additional Text

Recommended but not required

A good, current atlas of the world.  These can be found in any bookstore.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation
  • 30%  --  MasteringGeography Assignments
  • 20%  --  Chapter Check Quizzes
  • 20%  --  Discussions
  • 30%  --  Tests
Grading Scale
  • A     90 - 100
  • B     80 - 89
  • C     70 - 79
  • D     60 - 69
  • F      below 60
Testing Procedure / Policy

There will be a total of five (5) tests given throughout the semester.  Students have one week to complete the test from the time of its release. Make-up tests will not be given except for valid reasons.

MasteringGeography activities will be assigned  with each chapter and must be completed by assigned due date. These activities are designed to engage your critical thinking skills and will include mapping, data charting, and video activities.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Students are expected to login to PAWS several times per week.  Attendance reporting is required by the institution and will be determined by last date of completion of a course assignment.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

All e-mail communication should occur in PAWS.  Only send e-mails that are of a personal nature (i.e. death in the family, etc.) via PAWS e-mail.  If you have a question regarding the course, it should be submitted to the "Ask the Instructor (Help)" topic in the PAWS course discussions.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

If you have a question regarding the course, it should be submitted to the "Ask the Instructor (Help)" topic in the PAWS course discussions.  All e-mail communication should occur in PAWS.  Only send e-mails that are of a personal nature (i.e. death in the family, etc.) via PAWS e-mail.

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

The following is a list of course topics that will be covered during the course of the semester.  The instructor reserves the right to modify the order in which the topics are covered.

  • Globalization and Diversity
  • The Changing Global Environment
  • North America
  • Latin America
  • The Caribbean
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Southwest Asia and North Africa
  • Europe
  • The Russian Domain
  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Southeast Asia
  • Australia and Oceania
Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.