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Course SummaryGeography 101: Human & Cultural Geography has been evaluated and recommended for 3 semester hours and may be transferred to over 2,000 colleges and universities. The course's engaging lessons explain the basics of human and cultural geography in an easy-to-understand manner. The course is a great resource for getting ahead in a degree program.
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The course objective is to introduce you to and teach you about human cultural geography by exploring major languages and religions, plant and animal domestication, settlement patterns, modern economic systems, and resources and agriculture.
Your grade for this course will be calculated out of 300 points. The minimum score required to pass and earn real college credit for this course is 210 points, or an overall course grade of 70%. The table below shows the assignments you must complete and how they'll be incorporated into the overall grade.
|Proctored Final Exam||200|
Quizzes are meant to test your comprehension of each lesson as you progress through the course. Here's a breakdown of how you will be graded on quizzes and how they'll factor into your final score:
- You will have 3 attempts to take each quiz for a score.
- The highest score of your first 3 attempts will be recorded as your score for each quiz.
- When you've completed the course, the highest scores from your first 3 attempts at each quiz will be averaged together and weighed against the total possible points for quizzes. For instance, if your average quiz score is 85%, you'll receive 85 out of 100 possible points for quizzes.
- After your initial 3 attempts, you can take a quiz for practice as many times as you'd like.
- You will need to pass each quiz with a score of at least 80% to earn course progress for the lesson. However, it is not necessary to earn 80% within the first three quiz attempts.
Proctored Final Exam
The proctored final exam is a cumulative test designed to ensure that you've mastered the material in the course.
- You'll earn points equivalent to the percentage grade you receive on your proctored final. (So if you earn 90% on the final, that's 180 points toward your final grade.)
- If you're unsatisfied with your score on the exam, you'll be eligible to retake the exam after a 3-day waiting period.
- You can only retake the exam twice, so be sure to use your study guide and fully prepare yourself before you take the exam again.
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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Focus on contemporary geography by examining cultural ecology and environmental determinism, and discovering how new technologies enhance geographical exploration.
- Describe the development of languages and religions and identify differences in religious cultures.
- Infer and justify the origins of human culture and its effect on the environment by examining the domestication of plants and animals and the impact of resource consumption.
- Connect ethnic distribution with settlement patterns and evaluate the effect this has on cities, suburbs, and rural areas.
- Break down economic sectors, assess their standards of living, and anticipate how the economy of a region is affected by its resources.
- Assess the impact humans have on the environment, distinguish between renewable and non-renewable resources, and consider threats to environmental sustainability.
- Weigh and debate the benefits of industrialization, genetic engineering, and chemical pesticides against land conservation and hazardous waste management.
- Identify environmental risk factors such as toxins and pollutants, and question how politics can affect environmental health.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Geography 101 consists of short video lessons that are organized into topical chapters. Each video is approximately 5-10 minutes in length and comes with a quick quiz to help you measure your learning. The course is completely self-paced. Watch lessons on your schedule whenever and wherever you want.
At the end of each chapter, you can complete a chapter test to see if you're ready to move on or have some material to review. Once you've completed the entire course, take the practice test and use the study tools in the course to prepare for the proctored final exam. You may take the proctored final exam whenever you are ready.
How Credit Recommendations Work
This course has been evaluated and recommended by both ACE and NCCRS for 3 semester hours in the lower division baccalaureate degree category. To apply for transfer credit, follow these steps:
- If you already have a school in mind, check with the registrar to see if the school will grant credit for courses recommended by ACE or NCCRS.
- Complete Geography 101 by watching video lessons and taking short quizzes.
- Take the Geography 101 final exam directly on the Study.com site.
- Request a transcript to be sent to the accredited school of your choice!
- Check out this page for more information on Study.com's credit-recommended courses.
|Introduction to Human Cultural Geography||Examine contemporary approaches to studying geography and discuss concepts like cultural ecology and environmental determinism. Learn the uses of GPS and GIS technologies and explore types of geographical regions. Get an introduction to the vocabulary terms used in the study of human culture.|
|The Geography of Languages, Religions, and Material Culture||Look into the development and diffusion of the world's major languages, written languages, and religions. Define key religious concepts and identify the differences between monotheistic and non-theistic religions.|
|The Origin and Dispersal of Humans and Culture||Identify the impacts of climate change on migration. Examine prehistoric and contemporary migration patterns. Scrutinize theories of human evolution, cultural changes, and the models used to explain human origin and migration.|
|Effects of Population on the Environment||Consider factors affecting biotic potential, population size, and carrying capacity. Learn how population characteristics differ among developed and developing nations. Discover the world's sparsely and densely populated regions and their impacts on resource consumption. Review the history of human population growth and Thomas Malthus's theory. Explore urban population growth. Define demographic transition and population density.|
|Domestication of Plants and Animals||Explore the Neolithic Agricultural Revolution and the benefits of domesticating plants and animals from an evolutionary perspective. Find out how the history of domestication varies from one region to the next.|
|Ethnicity and Geography||Discuss causes of ethnic competition and the resulting conflicts before looking into examples of ethnic cleansing. Compare the social majority to the social minority. Identify the process for transforming ethnicities into nationalities.|
|Geography of Land Resources||Learn to recognize various vegetation regions and biomes. Review types of public and private land ownership in the U.S. Assess threats to the biodiversity of forests and rangelands. Study the role of the National Park Service in sustainably managing these resources. Define terms like vegetation regions, and wilderness.|
|Spatial Processes||Find out how spatial processes and interactions relate to the study of behavioral geography. Follow the cultural diffusion of folk and popular cultures around the world.|
|Settlement Patterns||Examine the functions and types of settlements. Explore the geographical characteristics of central business districts, cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Learn how land use is distributed in cities and analyze models of urban structure in and outside the U.S.|
|Modern Economic Systems||Investigate the economy's primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors. Discover the origins of manufacturing and services as well as factors affecting the location of industry. Check out the services available in early and contemporary settlements of both rural and urban locations.|
|Political Geography||Explore the basic shapes of states. Discover the differences between physical and cultural boundaries as well as the advantages of political and military cooperation among different states.|
|Impacts of Humans on the Environment||Study the environmental impacts of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. Recognize the problems resulting from pollution, desertification, deforestation, and declining biological diversity. Get an introduction to the field of industrial ecology.|
|Renewable Resources||Consider the pros and cons of such resources as wind and geothermal energies, biomass, solar power, and hydropower. Peruse examples of energy conservation as well as suggestions for using energy more efficiently at home.|
|Nonrenewable Resources||Examine the environmental impacts of extracting and using fossil fuels, such as oil, natural gas, and coal. Identify the differences between energy consumption in developed and developing nations. Recognize the risks of generating nuclear power.|
|Food and Agriculture||Consider the implications of food insecurity and learn how agricultural methods vary according to a country's level of development. Survey the adverse effects of industrialized agriculture alongside land conservation criteria. Identify the causes of malnutrition. Review technological impacts on agriculture, such as the mechanical reaper. Identify some of the biggest problems and concerns in agriculture today. Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of the Green Revolution, genetic engineering, and pesticide use.|
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