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Guilin, China Geography of Asia
Current world population (estimated):
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  GEO 3930 - 01 Spring, 2013  


Geography of Asia 11:00 to 11:52 MWF

Geo 3930, Section 01, 3 Credit Hours, Spring 2013

Boebel 213

Instructor:

Dr. H. Todd Stradford Phone: 342-1674

E-mail: stradfot@uwplatt.edu

Office:

262 Gardner Mailbox: 247 Gardner  

Office Hours:

by appointment, and when I'm in my office.
  Copies of the Schedule and Maps are here 
Text: 1-- The Nonwestern World, Routledge, 2004
    PP Karan; (required)
  2-- Goode's World Atlas (or just use Google maps and Wikipedia)

 


 

** ASIA WORKBOOK ** & Reviews are now on D2L

Final Exam: Friday, May 17, 10:00 AM to 1152 AM - Final Exam Schedule

Course Objectives:

This is an introductory course covering the broad area of Asian geography. This includes the sub-disciplines of geomorphology, climatology, demographics, agriculture, industry, economics, politics, languages, and religions in this area, each of which could be a separate course unto itself. The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of WHAT is found in this region, WHERE various aspects of each can be found, and WHY each is found where it is. To help the student acquire the background of geographical knowledge about Asia that a college-trained person might reasonably be expected to have. Emphasizing both human and physical geography, the course surveys the area by topic and by sub region. Knowledge gained should give the student a better geographic perspective on current affairs and an enhanced appreciation of travel, and that it will provide a useful background for the understanding of history, government and politics, economics, literature, geology, anthropology, sociology, and other university subjects.

Grading:

2 EXAMS

100 points each

200 points

 

1 FINAL

100 points

100 points

 

5 Map Tests

20 points each

100 points

 
Assignments 5 pts each ~25 points  

1 Paper with

60 &

60 points

 
Presentation 40 points 40 points  
 

Total

~525 points

 
       
Letter Grades: A

470-525 points

> 90%
  B

420-471

80 to 89%
  C

365-421

70 to 79%
  D

315-366

60 to 69%
  F

Below 315

< 60%

Examinations:

The examinations will cover material from class and ALL reading assignments, whether covered in class or not. The Final Examination will have 100 points on the material since the last examination. Each of the 5map tests will be given in the last 10-15 minutes of the scheduled class period.

Makeup Examinations:

Generally there will be NO makeup examinations. In exceptional cases, if I am notified BEFORE the exam is given AND you have a doctor's notice or other proof, a makeup may be taken no later than 1 WEEK after the normal date of the given exam. Generally, makeups are more difficult than the regular exam. Makeups will be pulled after 1 week has expired.

Assignments:

The reading assignment FOR EACH DAY is given on the syllabus. The day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read. Quizzes will cover assigned readings.

Paper:

The paper will be an ongoing current topics paper on a specific area of Asia. The paper will have a regional aspect (country or region) and a topical aspect (a specific problem that appears in the news). For details click here.

Attendance:

You are expected to attend class and are responsible for material that is presented in class. Examinations will emphasize what is covered in class. Tests will only be given in class.

Cell Phones: Cell phones should be silent in class. If your "vibration mode" is louder than your ringer, just turn the phone off.
Any communications device that rings or is seen being operated in class will require the owner to bring treats by the next class for the entire class or lose 5 points off on the next test.

Disabilities: Any student who may need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A VISA from Services for Students with Disabilities authorizing your accommodations will be needed. If you need special accommodations, you must arrange those before any exams. For religious concerns contact Student Affairs (342-1854), and for physical or learning situations contact Services for Students with Disabilities (342-1818). Please see to this as soon as possible and notify us so that we can make provisions in a timely manner.

 

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Tentative Schedule and Assignments

Date Event Class Daily Reading Assignment - Asia
January - W 23
Introduction-General Geography of Asia  1 Introduction
F 25
General characteristics 2
Text Chapter 1 - Introduction
M 28
General characteristics 3 Chapter 1- Review
W 30
General characteristics 4  
February F 1
Map Test 1 - China 5 PAPER DETAILS
M 4
China 6 Text Chapter 2 - China
W 6
China 7 China Blog - 1 child
F 8

China

8 Continuation of 1-child Policy 2001
M 11
China 9  
W 13
China 10  
F 15
China 11 Chapter 2 - China Review
M 18
China 12 Text Chapter 4 - SE Asia
W 20
Southeast Asia 13  
F 22
Map Test 2 - Southeast Asia 14  
M 25
Southeast Asia 15  
W 27
Southeast Asia 16 Chapter 4 SE Asia Review
March F 1
EXAM 1 - Intro; China; SE Asia 17  
M 4
South Asia
18
Text Chapter 5- South Asia
W 6
South Asia
19
 
F 8
Map Test 3 - South Asia 20  
M 11
South Asia 21  
W 13
South Asia 22 Chapter 5 - South Asia Review
F 15
SW Asia 23
Text Chapter 6 - Middle East
M 18
SW Asia 24  
W 20
SW Asia 25  
F 22
Map Test 4 -Southwest Asia 26  
  Spring Break - March 23 to 1 April
April - W 3
SW Asia 27 Chapter 6 - Southwest Asia Review
F 5
EXAM 2- South Asia & SW Asia 28  
M 8
Japan 29 Text Chapter 3 - Japan and Korea
W 10
Japan 30  
F 12
Map Test 5 -Japan and Korea 31  
M 15
Japan
32  
W 17
Japan 33  
F 19
Japan 34  
M 22
Japan
35
 
W 24
Koreas
36
 
F 26
Koreas 37  
M 29
Koreas 38 Chapter 3 - Japan & Korea Review
May - W 1
Koreas 39  
F 3
Presentations 40 Chapter 6 - Conclusions Review
M 6
Presentations 41  
W 8
Presentations 42  
F 10
43 Papers due
       
  FINAL Friday, May 17  
10:00 to 11:52 

Links to Maps - Click below on the map you want, select the map by dragging your mouse from the LEFT margin to the Right margin across the map, and then PRINT the SELECTION. You should get most of the map on one page depending on your printer and settings.

Map Test 1 - (Full List Here) - East Asia

Map Test 2 - (Full List Here) - Southeast Asia

Map Test 3 - (Full List Here) - South Asia

Map Test 4- (Full List Here) - Southwest Asia

Map Test 5 - (Full List Here) - Japan and Korea

Updated 27 February, 2013