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This course uses the concepts and methods of regional geography to explore the character of British Columbia, through study of the province's diverse physical and human landscapes. The course focuses particularly on geographic patterns and on the interaction of physiography, climate, settlement, resource utilization, and economic activity. It also examines how the province fits into a variety of regional settings: the Pacific Northwest, Canada, North America, and the Pacific Rim.
None. Though they are not required, a first-year course in geography (e.g., GEOG 1221 or GEOG 1191), geology (e.g., GEOL 1011 or GEOL 1111, or equivalent skills and knowledge would provide useful background information.
Although you will not become an expert in the field of geography by taking this course, you will come to understand the range and nature of the geographer's interest in the earth through a focus on the regional geography of British Columbia.
By the end of the course you should be able to:
Unit 1: Regional Geography and Physical Landscape
Unit 2: Peoples of British Columbia
Unit 3: Resource Geography of British Columbia--Abiotic Resources
Unit 4: Resource Geography of British Columbia--Biotic Resources
Unit 5: Rural Settlements and Urbanization of British Columbia
Course Summary: The Regional Character of British Columbia
Students will receive all course materials including the textbooks in their course package.
Computer with Internet is required for this course.
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through Blackboard's "Mail" tool or by phone. You will receive the necessary contact information when you start your course.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final examination and 50% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is determined for this course.
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