This course seeks to understand the concept of “place”. We will study the physical and human geography of the regions of the world, with an emphasis given to the areas and countries on our itinerary. 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 quizzes (including map quizzes), tests, essays from the field trips, and class participation.
Field WorkCountry: Spain
Students will depart from the ship at 0700 by bus to Gibraltar (about a 2 hour ride) where we will walk across the border and be met by our guide. During the 3 hour tour the guide will provide a commentary of the history, politics and economy of this unique British enclave. The students will receive detailed information on the strategic importance of Gibraltar focusing on maritime history. We will be told how Gibraltar factored into the Battle of Trafalgar and how a garrison of 6000 men withstood the onslaught of the Empires of Spain and France. Modern day issues involving Spain and the UK will be discussed. Included in the 3-hour tour will be St. Michael's Cave, a walk thru the nature reserve and visiting the monkeys and then to the Siege tunnels and finally the "City under Siege exhibition" before heading to the historic Alameda Gardens where the tour will end. Students then will have approximately an hour to 90 minutes to have lunch (box lunches from the ship will be provided) in the Garden and then to walk around the historic town before crossing the border and traveling back to the ship.