Todd Stradford, Department of Geography

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Introduction to Human Geography
Current world population (estimated):


GEOG 1050 - 01 & 02 Fall, 2015


Survey of Human Geography
Geog 1050 - 01 - MWF 11:00-11:52 Doudna 103

Geog 1050, 3 Credit Hours

Geog 1050 - 02 - MWF 13:00-13:52 Boebel 225


Todd Stradford Phone: 342-1674
Office: 262 Gardner Mailbox: 261 Gardner  
Office Hours: Click here for posted hours - by appointment, and when I'm in my office.  
Web Page
Copies of Schedule and Maps here  
Text: 1-- Human Geography: People, Place, and Culture
(Click above publisher's web page. Click on the Chapter links on the Schedule for Summaries and tests.))
    Fouberg, Murphy, & de Blij., 9th Edition (Required)
  2-- Goode's World Atlas, or use & Wikipedia

NOTE: Please bring your textbook to class, as I may refer to it or a map in it at any time.

Final Exam: Section 01 (11 AM class) Monday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 2:52 PM - Final Exam Schedule
  Section 02 (1 PM class) Wednesday, December 16, 3:00 PM - 4:52 PM

NOTE: To start GEOG 1050, you MUST complete the following task (10 points) within the first 2 weeks. It is designed to make you familiar with the procedures you need to use D2L in this course.
1) Log into D2L using your campus username and password.
2) Find the syllabus which shows up as a link on the course page or under "content." Open the syllabus.
3) Open a new tab in your browser and open D2L again. Find "Quizzes" and the "Intro Quiz." Start the quiz. Leave the tab with the quiz open and use the tab with the syllabus to find the answers.
4) Complete the Intro Quiz and submit the answers.
5) Your grade should be posted under "grades." If you don't take and submit the quiz, your grade with not be posted.

Course Objectives:

This is an introductory course covering the broad area of cultural geography (as opposed to physical geography). This includes the sub-disciplines of demographics, agriculture, industry, economics, politics, languages, and religions, each of which could be a separate course unto itself. As such, the aim of this course is not depth, but exposure to each of the sub-disciplines to gain an understanding of WHAT each is, WHERE various aspects of each can be found, and WHY each is found where it is. The where is emphasized by a series of map tests to enable the student to gain a minimal geographic foundation of places.

This is important knowledge, because humans are social beings, and have throughout our history come together in groups. These groups have developed unique characteristics, and experience teaches us that the more we understand about other people and places, the more enriched our own culture is and the less likely we are to blunder into conflict. As the world becomes increasingly more accessible, success in many careers is becoming more and more dependent on the ability of a person to demonstrate some understanding of the rest of the world.

I encourage students who have some direct experience or knowledge of other places to share that in class. In past semesters this class has been greatly enriched by students who were able to reveal characteristics about regions which otherwise would have been unknown to this class.

Course Requirements:


  • There will be three exams covering: the material presented in lecture, and the reading in the textbook. The exams will be spaced at approximately equal intervals throughout the semester. Tentative dates are indicated in the syllabus lecture outline. If it is necessary to change the date of an exam, you will have at least one week's notice of the new date.

  • Example questions can be found through the links online in the schedule. For example, if you click on "Chapter 1" on the schedule, you will be taken to a set of review questions. The most helpful for you to see if you understand and remember the material are the "SHORT ANSWERS."

  • There will be maps on each exam where you will have to locate the characteristics that are covered in the chapter. Look at the maps in the text and pay attention to the maps presented in class!!

  • Exams wil emphasize what's been covered in class. Take good notes. These are your best review.

  • The Final Examination will have 100 points on the material since the last examination and 100 points of comprehensive questions.

  • Seniors that have 90 percent or above average after the last map quiz (Africa) can opt out of the final.

Quizzes & Map Tests:

There will be five map tests, which will only cover place name identification for a total of 200 points. There will be one test for each of the major regions of the world. Dates of the tests are on the schedule. If it is necessary to change the date of a map test, you will have at least one week's notice of the new date. The map list and practice maps can be found online from the links on the schedule below. The map tests will be given in the last 15 minutes of the scheduled class period.

Quizzes over the reading assignments are online and listed and linked on the schedule below by the due date. Each is worth 10 points and is added to the total points in the course. You will have 15 minutes to complete each quiz. If you get a 50% or better on the first attempt, you can try a second time in the remaining time. Read and study the chapter before you take the quiz!! All the quizzes are worth 100 points. Quizzes not completed by the due date will get a grade of 0. Since you have all the availability and due dates already listed, extensions will not be given.

Exam/Test Make-Up Policy:

  • There will be NO makeup examinations .
  • There are No quiz makeups.
  • Late homework will NOT be accepted.
  • Anyone who has a VISA and needs extra time or facilities will take examinations in the C.A.T. and must bring in the appropriate paperwork at least 2 days prior to each exam (as per the instructions for the VISA and C.A.T.). Failure to do so will result in taking the examination in class with everyone else.
  • If you have to miss an exam or a map test with a valid reason, you must let me know before the test, otherwise, the above policy is in effect..
  • I also must have a written verification of your reason for missing from the appropriate person before I can consider any exception to the above policy for a make-up exam or test.
  • All make-up exams will be essay in format. There will be no makeups for a reading assignment quiz.
  • Makeup examinations must be completed within 1 week of the scheduled exam.


The reading assignment FOR EACH DAY is given on the syllabus. The day that the assignment is listed is the day BY which it should be read. Quizzes will cover assigned readings.

Homework Assignments: Each assignment is worth 10 points. The due date will be given when the assignment is handed out or placed on D2L.


  • Please plan on attending every class. This is, of course, a good idea in any class, but especially in this one, as a majority of the points on each exam will be drawn from our lecture discussion (your notes).
  • Although there are no points assigned for attendance, it will be taken daily by a seating chart. Faculty are now required to report anyone with frequent absenses to their advisor.



100 points each

300 points



100 points last section
100 points cumulative

200 points


5 Map Tests

40 points each

200 points

10 Chapter quizzes - D2L 10 points each 100 points  
Homework 10 points each 50 points  


850 points

Letter Grades: A- to A

765-850 points


Based on 750 points

B- to B+


80 to 89%
  C- to C+


70 to 79%
  D to D+


60 to 69%

Below 510

< 60%

Final Grade:

To pass the course you will need a total average of 60% or more.

Final Exam: Section 01 (11 AM class) Monday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 2:52 PM - Final Exam Schedule
  Section 02 (1 PM class) Wednesday, December 16, 3:00 PM - 4:52 PM

Cell Phones:

  • Cell phones should be silent in class. If your "vibration mode" is louder than your ringer, just turn the phone off.
  • Any phone or communication device that is heard or seen being used (texting/email) in class will require the owner to bring treats for the entire class to the next class.
  • Failure to do so will forfeit 10 points from quizzes or homework (-10).

Tentative Schedule and Assignments

Click here for Map List - Click on the Map Test Link in the table below to get copies of the maps

For Summaries of the chapters and REVIEW TEST QUESTIONS, click on the links under "Event" and "Assignment."
*ST = Self Tests -- *Rev=Review

Class Daily Reading Assignment - Text
September - W 2
Intro Quiz
Chapter 1 Rev: Text: pp. 1-22
F 4
Chapter 1 ST: Maps & Themes
Text: pp. 22-33
M 7
Labor Day
W 9
Chapter 2 ST: Population
Chapter 2 Rev: Text: pp. 36-46
F 11
Text: pp. 46-57
M 14
Pyramid Assignment Link
Text: pp. 57-74
W 16
Map Test 1 - North America
F 18
Chapter 3 ST : Migration
Chapter 3 Rev: Text: pp. 76-88
M 21
Text: pp. 88-107
W 23
F 25
M 28
Chapter 6 ST : Languages
Chapter 6 Rev: Text: pp. 164-184
W 30
Text: pp. 184-191
October - F 2
World Language Families
M 5
Map Test 2 - Latin America
W 7
F 9
Chapter 7 ST : Religion
Chapter 7 Rev: Text: pp. 193-212
M 12
Chapter 7 Quiz 5
Text: pp. 212-235
W 14
F 16
Fall Break
M 19
W 21
Chapter 8 ST : Politics
Chapter 8 Rev: Text: pp. 237-259
F 23
Text: pp. 259-270
M 26
Text: pp. 208-213
W 28
No class
F 30
November - M 2
Chapter 9a Rev: Text: pp. 274-294
W 4
Chapter 9 ST: Urban Geography Chapter 9 Quiz 7
Chapter 9b Rev: Text: pp. 294-317
F 6
M 9
W 11
F 13
M 16
W 18
Chapter 11 ST: Agricultural Geography
Chapter 11 Rev: Text: pp. 349-364
F 20
Map Test 4 -East, South, & SE Asia
Text: pp. 364-379
M 23
Rectangular Survey System Chapter 11 Quiz 8
W 25
Thanksgiving Recess - 5 PM Weds 25 November to Sunday 29 November
M 30
Chapter 12 ST: Industrial Geography 36 Chapter 12 Rev: Text: pp. 382-398
December - W 2
Chapter 12 Quiz 9


Text: pp. 398-408
F 4
M 7
Map Test 5 - SW Asia & Africa
W 9
Chapter 13 ST: Human Environment Chapter 13 Quiz 10
Chapter 13 Rev: Text: pp. 410-439
F 11
Last Class
*ST = Self Tests *Rev=Review
Section 01 (11 AM class) Monday, December 14, 1:00 PM - 2:52 PM
Section 02 (1 PM class) Wednesday, December 16, 3:00 PM - 4:52 PM

Final Exam Schedule

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