World Regional Geography
Geography 1982, Spring 2011


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Lecture and Recitation Times and Locations

Instructor Contact Details

Course Description and Objectives

Schedule of Lectures and Recitations

Course Policies and Requirements Instructions


Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00 – 8:50 CHEM 140 

Recitation Times and Locations:

101 Fri 2:00 P.M. CLRE 211

108 Wed 3:00 P.M. GUGG 206

102 Wed 1:00 P.M. GUGG 206

110 Tue 1:00 P.M. HALE 260

103 Wed 4:00 P.M. MUEN E130

111 Tue 3:00 P.M. KTCH 119

104 Mon 8:00 A.M. MUEN D439

114 Thu 10:00 A.M. GUGG 2

105 Fri 3:00 P.M. EDUC 143

115 Tue 10:00 A.M. GUGG 3

106 Wed 4:00 P.M. GUGG 2

118 Fri 3:00 P.M. HLMS 177

107 Fri 2:00 P.M. HLMS 177

119 Wed 1:00 P.M. KTCH 120


Tim Oakes
Office: Guggenheim
Office Hours: Thursdays 9:00 – 11:00
Phone: 303-492-5887

Lead Teaching Assistant
Afton Clarke-Sather
Office: Guggenheim 314
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00-10:00 AM

Teaching Assistants Office Hours and Contact Information:

Ben Brayden: Recitations 102, 106 & 110

Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-4:00 PM Guggenheim 107A



Julia Hicks: Recitations  103 & 108

Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-3:00 PM and Thursday 1:30-2:30 PM Guggenheim 107A



Jessie Hong: Recitations 101, 105 & 114

Office Hours: Thursday 9-10 & 11-Noon Guggenheim 301B


Amelia Schubert: Recitations 104, 111 & 119

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9-10 AM Guggenheim 312



Adam Williams: Recitations 107, 118 & 115

Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00-11:00 AM Guggenheim 313



Required Texts
There are three types of required reading for this course.  The majority of your reading comes from the textbook (
Pulsipher, Lydia M. and Alex Pulsipher. World Regional Geography, 5th Edition Without Subregions (New York: W.H. Freeman, 2011)).  This textbook is available as an e-book.  Visit the publisher’s website for additional resources such as interactive maps, practice quizzes, and weblinks. There are also six electronic articles to read (DeParle, Dicks, Foster, National Geographic, Oakes & Price, Chang).  They can be downloaded directly from the Lectures page.  Finally, there are links to reading materials on the World Wide Web found on specific recitation pages; these should be reviewed in preparation for recitations, as indicated on the recitation pages.


Class Blog

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Course Description and Objectives:
World Regional Geography is an introduction to how the discipline of geography makes sense of the world, its different peoples, regions, and places.  At the same time, it is a course on how the world's regions and places relate to and interact with each other.  There are, therefore, two fundamental properties of World Regional Geography:  one is the importance of place.  There is a great diversity of regions throughout the world and a significant objective of geography is to understand and appreciate this diversity.  The other fundamental property of World Regional Geography is connection, how different places and regions are linked to each other in an increasingly dynamic system of interdependence.  It is often assumed, however, that the increased intensity of those connections (i.e. globalization) is resulting in a decline in place-based diversity.  If this were true, World Regional Geography would soon cease to be a relevant field of study.  The field of geography offers a perspective on the world in which places and regions are dynamic processes that are always changing.  Geographers ask not how connections are causing places to disappear, but how places change as the connections between them change.  Thus, the most basic objective of World Regional Geography is to help you understand not only how places around the world are connected to each other, but to understand how the world’s place-based diversity continues not despite those connections but, rather, because of them.

No single course could possible offer a comprehensive account of all the World’s different regions and places.  Rather than trying to cover the world as a whole, we examine several in-depth case studies of processes thank connect different places and regions.  Through these case-studies, we hope to help you understand globalization from a place-based perspective, to see how people’s lives in specific places are increasingly linked to a global system in which we all participate, and to see why a geographical perspective is important to understanding how the world is changing as well as our role in those changes.

We hope that by completing this course you will:

·         Have a basic understanding of the importance of location – that it matters where things happen, that local context is important to understanding how similar processes can have different outcomes in different places.  Part of this understanding also involves basic skills like reading different kinds of maps, and understanding complex combinations of local geographical phenomena, such as environmental, social, cultural, political, and economic phenomena.

·         Have a basic understanding of the major spatial processes that connect localities together.  These processes are extremely diverse.  Some are natural and/or physical, such as climatic flows or events.  In this course, however, we concentrate on human processes of connection, such as trade and production, migration and travel, finances, popular culture, sports, and religion.

Course Policies and Requirements




·         You are required to have an iclicker for this course.  The frequency for the lecture hall (Chem 140) is BA.  This is the first time Professor Oakes has used iclickers, so please be patience with his technological deficiencies!  If you are unfamiliar with CU iclickers, please see the ITS clicker site for more information:

·         Half of your attendance grade for this class comes from your iclicker responses in lecture.  You must respond to all questions in lecture in order to get a participation score for that day.

·         You can expect at least one or two iclicker questions per lecture.  Since the primary goal of these is to simply gauge, rather than evaluate, your understanding of the material, you will not be penalized for wrong answers.  Correct responses, however, will be recorded and applied to your total grade as extra credit.

·         If you forget your iclicker, we will not loan you one for that day.  You cannot get any participation points without your own clicker.  Written responses to iclicker questions will not be accepted.

·         We will not begin recording iclicker participation points until the 3rd week of class.

·         Your use of an iclicker in class constitutes part of your academic evaluation. Using multiple iclickers (i.e. responding for a friend) will be treated as a violation of the honor code and will be dealt with accordingly. See Expectations and Class Etiquette below.



·         If you use a laptop to take notes you must sit in the front third of the lecture hall. It is fine to bring your laptop to class or even a tape recorder if that helps you. But lecture is not the time to play WoW, catch up on your email, or shop for a pair of ski boots on craigslist.  Please be respectful of this rule.  If we cannot enforce it, we will have to prohibit laptops in the lecture hall completely.




Assignments and Exams:

·         Position papers must be uploaded to prior to being handed in during recitation.  They should be handed in with a printed receipt verifying that they have been uploaded.  No position paper grades will be recorded until papers have been uploaded at

·         Please see the turnitin instructions (click here) for getting set up on




Special Accommodation and Resources

·         If you miss exam 1 or 2, or don't complete one of the 3 position papers on time, you will not be allowed to make these up.  Instead, we will be dropping the lowest of these five grades.   We allow for rescheduled exams only under one of the following three circumstances:


Important campus resources to be aware of:


Expectations and Class Etiquette - World Regional Geography is a course that will ask you to think critically and to develop your own ideas about contemporary issues. In order for this class to be a success, and in order for you and the other students to get as much as possible out of the class, we expect the following from you:


The rest of the “fine print” (other university policies):

Sexual Harassment:  The University of Colorado Policy on Sexual Harassment applies to all students, staff and faculty.  Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual attention.  It can involve intimidation, threats, coercion, or promises or create an environment that is hostile or offensive. Harassment may occur between  members of the same or opposite gender and between any combination of members in the campus community: students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Harassment can occur anywhere on campus, including the classroom, the workplace, or a residence hall.  Any student, staff or faculty member who believes s/he has been sexually harassed should contact the Office of Discrimination and Harassment (ODH) at 303-492-2127 or the Office of Judicial Affairs at 303-492-5550.

How to write an "A" position paper

We understand that students in this class will possess a wide range of writing skills.  The purpose of this section is to provide a blueprint for writing a good position paper.

The purpose of the position paper in this class is for you to express yourself about topics in readings and in class.  To do that, you will need to write clearly and carefully.