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World Geography Part 2
Course Length: 1 Semester
Has Textbook: Yes

Before enrolling in World Geography Part 2, students should have successfully completed World Geography Part 1 or equivalent coursework. World Geography Part 2 begins by surveying the physical and human geographic components of Africa. The focus then shifts to Southwest Asia and an exploration of its physical features and culture. Students will also study the land, resources, and current issues facing South Asia. The course then takes students to East Asia to study various geographic aspects of the region. World Geography Part 2 concludes in Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Antarctica, where students will learn about the landscape and human impacts on these areas while noting contemporary problems facing these regions.

Available Sept. 1, 2013

It is recommended that students successfully complete World Geography Part 1 or equivalent course work before enrolling in this course.

Course Objectives

Unit 1: Essential Content and Skills

  • Describe the distinctive African landforms of rift valleys, lakes, mountains, and escarpments by completing map activities.
  • Describe the cultures of East Africa's major ethnic groups by comparing each group.
  • Examine roots of civilization in North Africa by exploring the various groups of this region.
  • Explore the history of West Africa by examining trade and government.
  • Examine Central African colonialism by describing how it led to economic problems.
  • Explore South Africa's economy by examining its economic development.
  • Examine the major diseases in Africa by identifying their impact on the population.

Unit 2: Essential Content and Skills

  • Examine important landforms of Southwest Asia by identifying these landforms on maps of the region.
  • Examine climate zones and weather patterns of South and Southwest Asia by exploring the main types of vegetation in the regions.
  • Explain the influence of Islam in Southwest Asia by examining Islamic customs and traditions.
  • Explore the cultures of Southwest Asia by comparing the cultures of the Northeast subregion.
  • Analyze India’s colonization by examining the effects of Britain’s rule and the independence of India.
  • Examine the political systems of Southwest Asia by explaining the situation of political refugees.
  • Analyze India's population explosion by examining the reasons behind it and problems associated with it.

Unit 3: Essential Content and Skills

  • Identify key natural resources of East Asia by describing how they influence daily life.
  • Examine climate zones and weather patterns of East Asia by analyzing the high latitude, mid-latitude, dry, and tropical climate zones.
  • Explore China's early history by examining its early dynasties.
  • Explore the daily life and Western influences in Mongolia and Taiwan by comparing them to one another.
  • Examine monsoons of South Asia by analyzing how they affect the region.
  • Examine issues relating to disaster preparedness by analyzing their problems and solutions.
  • Examine how East Asian economies have grown by exploring the opening of markets to the West.

Unit 4: Essential Content and Skills

  • Explore the climates of Southeast Asia and the islands of Oceania by examining the tropical, moderate, and desert climates.
  • Explain how ancient islanders traveled the Pacific by examining their navigation charts and canoes.
  • Analyze Japan's economic development by examining its products and economic slowdown.
  • Examine the effects of colonialism in Southeast Asia by exploring the road from European control to independence.
  • Explore events in the history of Oceania by examining the timeline from its first islanders to its recent history.
  • Analyze important national issues in modern Australia and New Zealand by exploring rights and land claims.
  • Analyze Aboriginal land claims by examining how they lost their land and suffered from forced assimilation.

 Course Materials

  • Holt McDougal Geography (textbook)

*Available as an iText course

**NCAA approved