World Regional Geography: Europe and Beyond

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Smith
Credits: 3
Day: C
Start: 0800
End: 0915
Field Work: Day 4 - Greenock -Tuesday, 8 July | Scotland
Prerequisites: None Download Syllabus

This course seeks to understand the concept of “place”.  We will study the physical and human geography of select regions of the world, with an emphasis given to the areas and countries on our itinerary—Europe and the Arctic.  Historical, political, economic, cultural, and physical features will be studied to address the question of “Why have people located where they have, why has economic and political development occurred as it has, and why is there a difference, or similarity, from region to region?”  Often times people have migrated from one region to another; why has this occurred? These are but a few of the questions posed in this course as we focus on the blend of physical and human geography.  The field trips will allow us to view first hand some of the concepts discussed in the classroom.  The course objective is to familiarize students with the world’s rich and diverse regional geography through classroom lectures, readings, field trips and student discussions.  The events in today’s world hopefully will make a little more sense with the geography learned in this course.  Grades in this course will be derived from tests (map quiz, mid-term and final exam), memos reflecting “geographic moments” from time spent traveling in the countries, and class participation.

Field Work

Country: Scotland
Day: 4 - Greenock -Tuesday, 8 July

On the final day in Greenock, Scotland, Tuesday, 8 July, Dr. Smith’s World Regional Geography class will learn about Scottish-English relations through history.  This relationship is coming to a milestone as a referendum is scheduled for September 18, 2014 at which time the citizens of Scotland will vote yea or nay for independence from the United Kingdom. The day will begin when Dr. Iain Campbell, a Scot and frequent faculty member on board SAS semesters, will give the class an overview of the history of Scottish-English relations on a coach as we drive towards Scotland’s Parliament in Edinburgh. There, a member of Parliament- MSP Baillie, who represents Dumbarton, on the river Clyde west of Glasgow, will brief the class on the upcoming referendum and what a yes or no vote may mean for Scotland’s future.  Following the briefing the class will enjoy a tour of the building and lunch in the Parliament dining room.  After lunch Dr. Campbell will lead the group on a walk up the “Royal Mile” (the historic street of Edinburgh) providing a commentary on Scotland’s history.  The walk will end at the castle at which time the class will have a little time to walk around before our return to the ship. Academic Objectives: 1.  To gain an appreciation of Scotland’s history and its relationship with England 2.  To learn about the upcoming referendum in which the Scottish citizens will vote on independence 3.  To understanding how Scotland’s Parliament functions