World Geography & Cultures

Course Overview:

In this online World Geography and Cultures course, students will be taught to use the basic skills of map reading and development, geographic technology, and the recognition of geographic themes to make sense of the world. The course examines world regions including the nations, people, and cultures of the Americas and Western Europe.

The second semester continues to teach the basic skills of map reading and development, the use of geographic technology, and the recognition of geographic themes. The focus examines the world regions, including the nations, people, and cultures of Central Europe and Northern Eurasia, Central and Southwest Asia, South Asia, Africa, East Asia, and the Pacific.

Throughout both semesters, students gain knowledge and understanding of diverse geographical regions, including their physical characteristics, human populations, cultures, and interactions with the environment. The study of geography helps students develop a global perspective and recognize the interconnectedness of the world’s regions.

Semester 1:  

Semester A covers a range of major concepts in geography. It begins by exploring geography as a discipline and its importance in understanding the world. The focus then shifts to climates and ecosystems, studying different climate regions and their impact on ecosystems and human activity. The semester also examines population dynamics, cultural diversity, and the utilization of resources and land. The United States and its regions are studied in detail, followed by an exploration of Canada, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and countries in South America. The British Isles, Nordic nations, and various regions of Europe, such as Central Western Europe and Mediterranean Europe, are also covered.

Semester 2: 

Semester B continues with an emphasis on geography, covering various regions around the world. Central and Eastern Europe are studied, followed by an exploration of Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. The countries of Southwest Asia, South Asia, and North Africa are examined, providing insights into their physical and human geography. West and Central Africa, East and Southern Africa, as well as the countries of China, Japan, the Koreas, and Southeast Asia, are also included. The semester concludes with a study of the Pacific World and Antarctica, considering their unique geography and human interactions.

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