Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: GEOG-1302- Section: 01
Human Geography
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Instructor Information
Instructor Bernard Brown
Phone(409) 984-6330
Location:Lamar State College - Port Arthur - Room: 1500 Procter St
Hours:Mr. Dews office by appointment
Inmate Instruction
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description This course introduces students to fundamental concepts, skills, and practices of human geography. Place, space, and scale serve as a framework for understanding patterns of human experience. Topics for discussion may include globalization, population and migration, culture, diffusion, political and economic systems, language, religion, gender, and ethnicity.
Prerequisites None
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Define terms and concepts used in the reading and lecture/discussion of each chapter. (PSLO Alpha, 1, 5) Measured by pre-test/post-test and embedded test question
2. Explain cultural landscapes as the student encounters them. (PSLO 1, 2, 5) Measured by embedded test questions
3. Apply the understanding of the interactions between man and the environment and regions. (PSLO 1, 3, 5) Measured by embedded test questions
4. Integrate the concepts of mapping and location, the physical and cultural attributes of a location;and the origins and movements of culture traits and complexes. (PSLO 1, 2, 5) Measured embedded Questions
5. Demonstrate and understanding of the changes which occur within a familiar cultural setting. (PSLO 1, 2, 3, 5) Measured by class discussion and embedded test question
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.
PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills � Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.
PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.
PSLO3: Empirical and Quantitative Skills � Applies the manipulation and/or analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.
Identifies mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; uses mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task; analyzes how to use the principles; and applies problem-solving skills in mathematical or scientific principles needed to complete task with correct informed conclusions.
PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.
Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.
Textbooks An Introduction to Cultural Geography: The Cultural Landscape, 12th ed. Rubinstein, Prentice-Hall
ISBN 0-134-206142
Lecture Topics
Major Assignments
given in class
Final Exam Date December 13, 2018 - 12:30 PM   Through  December 13, 2018 - 3:30 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
A test representing 25% of the course grade will be administered at the end of each of the four units.
Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Attendance Policy Class attendance is required by prison policy. If a student is absent on exam day, the student must make arrangements with the instructor through the VT coordinator or take the exam on the day he returns.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.