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Geography (GEOG)

GEOG 040 (GS;IL) World Regional Geography (3) Introduction to the world as an interdependent community built from unique and independent regions and nations.

GEOG 040 World Regional Geography (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

World Regional Geography examines a world that is undergoing political, economic and social transformations at many different spatial scales. Utilizing geographic concepts including scale, place, region, and location, this course examines international linkages, such as global capital, which help forge a world community.

However, the course also examines local situations that contradict our understanding of a global community and examines a variety of "voices" struggling to be heard in the world: those embracing the global economy and an international culture and those rejecting a homogenizing global capital and culture because they see their resources being exploited. Concepts such as North and South, developed and developing, globalizing capital and homogenizing world culture, take on new meaning when they are explored at a regional level.

Any student interested in how the world functions economically, politically, socially and culturally should enroll in World Regional Geography. For this reason, this course satisfies the General Education and the Intercultural course components of the Penn State student curriculum.

General Education: GS
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Other Cultures and Social and Behavioral Sciences
Effective: Spring 2012

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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