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GEO 1101 Global Forces, Local Diversity

In this course, students will be encouraged to think independently, be expected to argue a point logically, and sharpen their critical thinking skills. More particularly, we will explore the geographies implicit in globalization and specifically think about our connections (and disconnections) to distant places, the uneven geographies of globalization (evident in both processes and outcomes), and how people's actions through social, economic, and political processes, produce and transform place. This course has a particular focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion asking how cultures are shaped by the intersections of a variety of factors (i.e. race, ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion among others) and providing a space to demonstrate empathy through considering how to understand and interpret others' worldview. The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to thinking geographically through the understanding of how to use maps and the significance of place on identity.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Geography
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Explain how geographers approach the study of humans and cultural activities.
  • Explain the geographic patterns and processes associated with cultural traits such as language, religion, and ethnicity.
  • Analyze and explain geographic patterns of population and demographic characteristics such as fertility, mortality, and migration at local and global scales.
  • Analyze the relationships between political patterns and processes and cultural characteristics at various scales.
  • Explain processes associated with geographic distribution of resources used and economic activities.
  • Describe the multiple and intersecting categories of identity (i.e. race, ethnicity, language, religion, gender, age and so forth) as operating by individual and group and as they are constituted in place.
  • Describe how cultures are shaped by the intersection of socially constructed categories of difference (i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, nationality) in place.
  • Describe the concept of globalization with a focus on the recognition of the complex elements of cultural biases on multiple scales by identifying historic, economic, political, and/or social factors.
  • Demonstrate empathy by successfully interpreting intercultural experiences from one's own and others' worldviews.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3