Course Number and Title: SOC 104 Human Geography
This course introduces the concepts and concerns of human geography through analysis of human interaction with the environment. Topics include the use and alteration of the earth's surface as well as common geographic patterns and processes that have shaped human understanding. In addition, human socioeconomic organization is evaluated at the global, regional, and local level.
- Apply the foundational concepts of geography. (CCC 2, 5, 6)
- Recognize the spatial organization of the earth, and demonstrate map and globe reading skills. (CCC 2, 4, 5, 6)
- Explain common geographic principles, and interpret the relationship between patterns and processes. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6)
- Analyze the ways in which physical and cultural features have influenced the evolution of significant historic events and movements. (CCC 1, 2, 5, 6)
- Define regions, and evaluate the regionalization process. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Apply the foundational concepts of geography.
- Differentiate among space, place, and region.
- Develop an appreciation of and apply the geographical imagination.
- Demonstrate awareness of geographic methods and the relevance of geospatial technologies to everyday life.
- Recognize the spatial organization of the earth, and demonstrate map and globe reading skills.
- Use cartographic visualizations to identify, assess, and explain phenomena in human geography.
- Examine themes of scale, pattern, place, and interdependence.
- Demonstrate map and globe reading skills.
- Explain common geographic principles, and interpret the relationship between patterns and processes.
- Distinguish among the various types of human geographic diversity.
- Examine population trends across space and time using a variety of geographic scales.
- Identify the patterns and trends of fertility, mortality, and migration.
- Describe the causes of population change and migration among various regions.
- Analyze the ways in which physical and cultural features have influenced the evolution of significant historic events and movements.
- Examine the way culture shapes relationships between humans and the environment.
- Identify how geographers assess the spatial and place dimensions of cultural groups.
- Analyze how patterns of cultural diffusion are influenced by historical events and cultural movements.
- Define regions, and evaluate the regionalization process.
- Identify the various worldwide geographic regions.
- Identify and assess the forces that facilitate the evolution of diverse geographic regions.
- Analyze and explore phenomena that result in regional diversity.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
4 Exams (Summative) @ 15% each
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.