GEOG-132: World Regional Geography

Liberal Arts
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
World Regional Geography
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC
Catalog Course Description

An overview examining the spatial distribution of people and places around the world, with emphasis on the cultural, political, social, and economic aspects of regions. Topics are explored by examining ways that humans interact with the environment and one another. Emphasis is placed on the spatial variation of human activities at all scales from local to global.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Overview of Geography and Geographic Perspective
  2. Spatial Analysis and Global Perspective
  3. Perception of People and Place
  4. Population Distribution and Settlement Patterns
  5. Regional Approach: overview of human geography including cultural, political, social, economic and historical geography in numerous world regions, including North America.
  6. Spatial Distribution of Culture
  7. Global Patterns of Development
  8. Colonialism and the Uneven Spatial Distribution of Wealth
  9. Human Use of the Environment
  10. Population Growth, Immigration, and Migration
  11. Global Current Events from a Geographic Perspective
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Explain spatial analysis and describe the geographic approach and perspective.
  2. Explain the spatial organization of people and places on the earth’s surface.
  3. Describe the human and physical characteristics of places.
  4. Explain how to use maps to interpret the past, understand the present, and plan for the future.
  5. Explain how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places, regions, and peoples.
  6. Discuss the spatial distribution,characteristics, and complexity of cultural landscapes on the earth’s surface.
  7. Discuss ethnocentrism from a spatial perspective at local, regional, national and global scales.
  8. Contrast characteristics of more developed countries with characteristics of less developed countries.
  9. Describe the processes determining the uneven spatial distribution of wealth at local, national, and global scales.
  10. Explain several global issues (cultural, political, social, economic, environmental) from a geographic perspective.
  11. Compare and contrast human (cultural, political, social, economic) characteristics and environmental characteristics of the United States with several other countries.
  12. Analyze a global issue or challenge from a geographic perspective by describing the nature of the challenge, assessing the present and long term impacts on people and the environment, and determining the best possible decisions and actions needed to solve or mitigate the challenge.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include (but is not limited to) exams, quizzes, essays, homework, and projects.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
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AALC Approval Date
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