MWH Course Outline

May 22, 2006

Maps and the Controversial World of Spatial Relationships

  • Types of maps and their functions
    • special purpose (infinite variety – any data that can be put on  a map) vs. general purpose (physical and political)
  • Maps and Bias
    • historical maps and their inaccuracies
    • modern maps and their inaccuracies
  • Working with various types of maps

The Age of European Exploration and Discovery

  • Motivation to Explore
  • Technological advances that enabled open ocean exploration
  • The Marinheiros and Wind Patterns
  • The Columbian Exchange – the Collisison of two very different worlds (Old World – Eurasia and Africa and the New World – the Americas) – the impact of this event can not be underestimated. It is therefore investigated in detail.
    • food focus
      • the impact of potatos and corn on the Old World
      • travelers food
    • impact of disease on the New and Old Worlds

Revolutions of Society and State

  • Enlightenment and the importance of ideas
    • relativism vs absolutism
    • some philosophy
      • Greeks: the Big Three and the Allegory of the Cave
      • Descartes: I think therefore I am “cognito ergo sum”
      • Mind and Matter Dualism
    • Philosophes: impact of their ideas on leaders of Europe
      • Enlightened Leaders? or Despots?
  • The French and American Revolutions
    • The impact of the French Revolution on European society
    • The American Revolution and the creation of a country based on ideas of the Enlightenment
  •  Art and Music
    • Bach, Beethoven and Mozart; Baroque, Classical, and Romantic
      • Child Prodigy investigation, analysis and contemporary comparison to child stars
    • Art from the Rennaissance to Shock art
  •  The Industrial Revolution
    • Causes
    • Role of inventors and thier inventions
    • Impact of the IR on different classes of society
    • Captains of Industry vs Robber Barons
      • Compare to TNC’s of today
    • Impact of the IR on the environment
      • Introduce biological pollution and invasives in today’s world

The Age of Reform and Expansion 

  • Response/reaction to the Industrial Revolution
  • Reform Acts
  • Darwinism: impact and controversy
    • connection to the present
      • genetic modification of plants and animals
      • eugenics
  • Reform and Expansion in the US
    • Manifest Destiny: “America the Beautiful” – legacy of environemntal use and abuse
    • the “Peculiare Institution” – slavery in a country founded on principles of the Enlightenment
    • Westward Expansion and the causes of the US Civil War
      • Why was the Civil War such a costly confrontation concerning casualties?
    • Legacy of the Civil War
      • Race relations in the US from Reconstruction to the present
      • Urban population map analysis
  • European Expansion and New Imperialism
    • New vs Old Imperialism
    • Nation building, nationalism and imperialism
      • contemporary connection: the irony of the European Union
    • Reform’s role in the New Imperialism; paternalism, ethnocentrism and the “White Man’s Burden” – Kipling poem
    • Europe in Africa
      • the “Dark Continent” a geographical analysis through acting out scenarios
      • legacy of imperialism in Africa
    • British in South Asia
      • Impact of Religion: focus on Hinduism and the caste sytem
      • Jewel of the Crown
    • Europe in East Asia
      • Spheres of Influence
    • Europe in Southeast Asia
      • Indochina
  • Europe on the brink of war: too much power, nationalism and tension
  • WWI: long and short term causes of the First World War
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CGS Outline

May 22, 2006

Intro to our contemporary global society

  • Demographics and Human Mobility
    • Sequent Occupance
    • Major Migrations in Human History 
      • contemporary connection: transmigration in Indonesia
    • Population Patters
      • population pyramids
      • Malthus, neo – malthusians, Boserup; population theories

Culture in our contemporary global society

  • Aspects of Culture: gestures, values, behaviors
    • Fall-out shelter role play
  • Cultural Relativism vs Cultural Absolutism 
    • ethnocentrism
    • case studies: relativism and absolutism
    • cultural behaviors from around the world: relativism and absolutism
  • The Language Mosaic
    • language challenges
      • deciphering a preliterate society 
      • homophones, idioms, slang
      • Japanese and Khoisan: unique language challenges
        • clicks of the Khoisan
        • 4 writing systems of Japanese; kanji, hiragana, katakana and romaji
      • English language dialects: the languages dialects of NJIS interview and map work
      • SMS dictionary
  • The Power of Religion
    • 5 w’s of the major world relgions
    • Religion as a divisive and a unifying force
      • case studies of relgion as a unifying and divisive force
    • Religion and pop culture: The Simpsons

 Economics in our contemporary global society

  • Sectors of Economic Activities
    • Primary, secondary, tertiary (qaternary, quinary)
  • Economics of Agriculture
    • Commercial agriculture
      • CAFO
      • Genetically modified foods
      • Environmental impact
    • Subsistence Agriculture
    • Food consumption journal and log: processed vs non processed foods
  • Economics of Industry
    • Rostows stages of economic development
    • Core – periphery model
    • Globalization and TNC/MNC
      • Case studies of various TNC’s
      • Globalization project
        • globalization of soccer
        • horizontal monopolies
    • Stock market investigation: interdependence of the economic sectors
      • Stock market simulation
      • Analysis of the relationship between stock values, world events and news
    • China controversy: human rights vs economics

Urbanization in our contemporary global society

  • Mental map of world cities
  • Urbanization
    • Development of urban areas
    • Urban models: sector, concentric, multi nuclei
    • Case study comparison: Tokyo, Moscow, and Chicago
    • Focus on transportation: Chicago’s Loop, Kansai Airport
      • Challenge – improve Jakarta’s transportation

Political situation in our contemporary global society

  • Contemporary trends of devolution vs globalization
    • Political Devolution
      • Decolonization and its impact on Asia and Africa
    • Political Globalization
      • Focus on the European Unio
        • “Join our team”
        • Characteristics necessary for EU membership

Human and environmental interaction in our contemporary global society

  • Case studies:
    • The former Soviet Union
      • Aral Sea irrigation and water depletion
      • Acid Rain in Eastern Europe
      • Soft coal residue in urban areas
      • Chernobyl
    • Forest depletion and “The Revenge of the Rainforest”: impact of new diseases in contemporary society
    • Biological pollution and invasive species
  • The world in 50 years?? Future predictions based on past and present trends