The objective of this exercise is for you to delve in-depth to a cultural geographic topic of your choice. The best way to find a topic is to flip through the text and find something that really interests you. There will be only one student per topic and your topic must be approved by me. You need to approach the topic from the spatial perspective. This is much easier said than done. The spatial perspective incorporates one or more of the following themes: 1) Location, 2) Place, 3) Human-Environment Interaction, 4) Movement, and 5) Regions. The spatial approach is what distinguishes geography from all the other disciplines.
LOCATION Each point on Earth has a specific location that is determined by an imaginary grid of lines denoting latitude and longitude. Geographers use latitude and longitude to pinpoint a places absolute, or exact, location. To know the absolute location of a place is only part of the story. It is also important to know how that place is related to other placesin other words, to know that places relative location. Relative location deals with the interaction that occurs between and among places. It refers to the many waysby land, by water, even by technologythat places are connected.
PLACE All places have characteristics that give them meaning and character and distinguish them from other places on earth. Geographers describe places by their physical and human characteristics. Physical characteristics include such elements as animal life. Human characteristics of the landscape can be noted in architecture, patterns of livelihood, land use and ownership, town planning, and communication and transportation networks. Languages, as well as religious and political ideologies, help shape the character of a place. Studied together, the physical and human characteristics of places provide clues to help students understand the nature of places on the earth.
MOVEMENT People interact with other people, places, and things almost every day of their lives. They travel from one place to another; they communicate with each other; and they rely upon products, information, and ideas that come from beyond their immediate environment. 6
HUMAN/ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION The environment means different things to different people, depending on their cultural backgrounds and technological resources. In studying human/environment interaction, geographers look at all the effectspositive and negativethat occur when people interact with their surroundings. Sometimes a human act, such as damming a river to prevent flooding or to provide irrigation, requires consideration of the potential consequences.
REGIONS A basic unit of geographic study is the region, an area on the earths surface that is defined by certain unifying characteristics. The unifying characteristics may be physical, human, or cultural. In addition to studying the unifying characteristics of a region, geographers study how a region changes over times. Using the theme of regions, geographers divide the world into manageable units for study.
The exercise is broken down into two modules. The first module will be a rough draft. This will be submitted in outline form explaining how you will apply the geographic theme(s) to your topic. For full credit, the draft should also include your 10 sources (including 2 from peer-reviewed journals). The second module is the fully-developed 10 page paper with maps, sources, etc.
First Draft – Apply the Geographic Theme(s) to Your Topic
For this module, please
List the 10 sources you will use (including 2 from peer-reviewed journals).
Briefly address in outline form how you will approach at least one of the Geographic Themes.
Make sure the outline is at least one page long.
Make your submission in the drop box (a plagiarism detection device will be used).
Final Draft Turn in your final paper that includes revisions
You will have plenty of time to work on your final draft. I will expect a quality submission from you.
Paper addresses the Geographic Theme(s)
Paper has ten pages of text (minimum)
Paper has subheadings
Paper includes one map (minimum) showing and one image (minimum). Each should be referenced within the paper.
Paper include ten sources (minimum) properly cited within the paper and listed at the end. Make sure two of the sources are from peer-reviewed journals. Please use the Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) format found here: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/717/01/
Make your submission in the drop box. A plagiarism detection device will be used.
Sources: At least TEN of which two must be peer-reviewed such as The Annals of the Association of American Geographers. ASK IF IN DOUBT. DO NOT CITE WIKIPEDIA.