World geography is a survey course that will explore the various regions of the world from a geographic perspective (the why of the where). For each region we will learn about its physical (climate, landforms, resources, vegetation etc.) and human (culture, politics, economics, history etc.) geographical characteristics and how they all combine together to create such an amazing and diverse world. We will focus on the regions of Asia and Africa so that students can be more informed and inquisitive travelers once they go ashore. Highly illustrated lectures will concentrate on contemporary issues and challenges. Map quizzes and atlas exercises will help students learn the location of places and then explore our world more in depth.
Field ClassCountry: India
Day: 6 - Wednesday, 11 March
We will visit Fort Cochin and Mattancherry to learn about the spice trade, colonization and migration followed by a visit to the Centre for Public Policy Research, a NGO prominent in the state of Kerala for its contributions to more effective governance and sustainable development Academic Objectives: 1. Students will learn about how outside influences helped Kerala grow. 2. We will visit Dutch and Portuguese Churches, Fort Cochin, Mattancherry Palace and Jew town—with it old synagogue and cemetery to illustrate the important of both site and situation (port and spice trade). 3. We will then discuss Kerala’s modern geography by focusing on its development success (locally driven) via improved education, health care and land reform.