Geography Field Trip - Latin America
This field study course includes a systematic geographic study of the Latin American realm, which includes Middle America and South America. Geographic concepts, such as map reading and spatial analysis, are first introduced. The physical, cultural, political and social features of the Latin America realm are studied with a focus on regional concerns or problems. The course will conclude with a field trip to a Latin American country to facilitate a live, experiential encounter with the unique physical and cultural landscape of that country.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Identify countries, major cities, rivers, and landforms in the Latin American realm (Middle America and South America).
- Differentiate geographic concept terms.
- Evaluate the similarities and the disparities of regions in Middle America and South America.
- Explain patterns of topography, climate, vegetation, soils and the impact of "altitudinal zonation".
- Analyze the regional distribution of people.
- Explain the major geographic characteristics of the Middle America regions.
- Evaluate geographic models that describe the relationship between the natural environment and human modification of the landscape.
- Differentiate between Mainland and Rimland Middle America in terms of political, cultural, and economic geography.
- Summarize the variety of influences that have shaped South America's culture areas.
- Examine forces that have affected the urbanization patterns in Middle and South America.
- Explain the geographic characteristics of the South American regions.
- Apply the geographic methodology to the Latin America region by integrating relevant physical, economic, cultural, and political data.
Currently no sections of this class are being offered.