Learning Catalog

Human Geography

Human Geography

Credits .5

Competencies

  • Agriculture and Geography
    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of Agriculture on human society by analyzing the development of agriculture over time.
  • Cultural Patterns and Processes
    Student will demonstrate an understanding of how culture traits shape the character of a region by analyzing the impact of cultural identities such as religion, language, gender, and ethnicity.
  • Political Geography
    The student will demonstrate an understanding of Political Geography by analyzing the differences between states and nations and identifying how cooperation and conflict shape nation-states and culture.
  • Population Trends
    The Student will demonstrate an understanding of world population trends in both numbers and patterns by analyzing geographical population distribution and potential implications of these trends.
  • The Field of Human Geography
    The Student will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and consequences of the interactions between Earth's physical and human systems by examining the science involved in Human Geography.

Pre-Requisites

None

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

1 segment/16-18 weeks

Overview

How do language, religion, and landscape affect the physical environment? How do geography, weather, and location affect customs and lifestyle? Students will explore the diverse ways in which people affect the world around them and how they are affected by their surroundings. Students will discover how ideas spread and cultures form, and learn how beliefs and architecture are part of a larger culture complex. In addition to introducing students to the field of Human Geography, this course will teach students how to analyze humans and their environments.

Major Topics and Concepts

  • Describe the differences between physical and cultural geography.
  • List the subfields of human geography.
  • Understand relevance of culture and cultural ecology to geography.
  • Discuss theories of environmental determinism and possibilism.
  • Relate the history of how modern geography has evolved.
  • Understand the difference between population density and population distribution.
  • Discuss the importance of patterns of composition.
  • Describe the purpose of population pyramids.
  • Analyze historical population trends and projections.
  • Discuss regional variations of demographic transitions.
  • Understand the difference between culture traits and culture trait complexes.
  • Describe the methods of cultural diffusion.
  • Discuss the relevance of acculturation.
  • Understand the environmental impact of cultural attitudes and practices.
  • Identify cultural landscapes and cultural identities.
  • List the major language families in the world.
  • Examine the branches of language families.
  • Consider the relevance of the English language as a means of communication.
  • Discuss the environmental impact of cultural attitudes and practices.
  • Discuss how languages evolve over time.
  • Discuss the origins of Christianity, Islam, and Buddhism.
  • Describe the diffusion of Buddhism into China.
  • Consider the importance of holy days to different religions.
  • Understand the relationship between religion and environment.
  • Identify religious conflicts.
  • Describe how ethnicities become clustered.
  • Consider the different types of segregation.
  • Discuss how class relates to ethnicity and gender.
  • Identify the differences between a nation-state, a part-nation state, a multinational state, and a stateless nation.
  • List examples of ethnic conflict.
  • Describe the nature of a State.
  • List the different shapes of States.
  • Understand the importance and diversity of borders.
  • Consider the consequences of colonialism and imperialism.
  • Describe the history of the United Nations.
  • Describe the nature of the Von Thünen Model.
  • Identify the different types of agricultural mechanization.
  • Comprehend the importance and purpose of animal domestication.
  • Understand the value of crop rotation.
  • Understand the purpose of chemical farming.

Career

Urban Planner

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

The Field of Human Geography: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the connections and consequences of the interactions between Earth’s physical and human systems by examining the science involved in Human Geography.

Project

You are a Urban Planner who has been hired to investigate the impact of a development in a location of your choice. Consider a project close to home or a much larger one in an area of interest to you. You will prepare a presentation for the townspeople that outlines how the development could impact both physical and human systems.

Career

Market Research Analyst

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Population Trends: Students will demonstrate an understanding of world population trends in both numbers and patterns by analyzing geographical population distribution and potential implications of these trends.

Project

You are a Market Research Analyst for a shared economy company of your choice. Your job is to help your company expand. You will do this by gathering population data to help determine the market for your company/service. You will use your knowledge of world population trends to analyze geographical population distribution to help determine and select a location where the service has the greatest potential for growth. You will then create part of a market analysis for a marketing proposal.

Career

Cultural Attaché

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Cultural Patterns and Processes: Student will demonstrate an understanding of how culture traits shape the character of a region by analyzing the impact of cultural identities such as religion, language, gender, and ethnicity.

Project

You are a Cultural Attaché for another country stationed in the United States. Your role as a Cultural Attache is to educate others about the culture of your country and promote your country.

You have been asked to organize a cultural event about your country. The goal of the event is to provide information to other foreign dignitaries about various cultural aspects of your country. You will plan an event that focuses on both historical and current cultural traits and how these traits have impacted the cultural identities of your country.

Career

Volunteer Manager

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Political Geography: Students will demonstrate an understanding of Political Geography by analyzing the differences between states and nations and identifying how cooperation and conflict shape nation-states and culture.

Project

You are a Volunteer Manager nonprofit organization focused on international conflict resolution. Your organization has recently hired a new group of volunteers. You need to inform them of the role and purpose of your organization and the current work with which you are involved. You will create a presentation to prep them on the nation-states with which your organization works including their current the conflicts and co-operations.

Career

Agricultural Engineer

Status:

Open

Estimated Completion Time

3-4 weeks

Competency

Agriculture and Geography: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the impact of agriculture on human society by analyzing the development of agriculture over time.

Project

You are a Agricultural Engineer who studies the science behind farming as well as the impact agriculture has had on human society. You have been asked by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers to present information at their annual international meeting. This 4 day event is a forum to expand the awareness of past and present industry trends and focus on the economic, political, and societal impacts facing agriculture today as well as in the future. You are tasked to create an informational presentation for a learning session at this forum that looks at the impact of agriculture on human society as well as the development of agriculture over time.

Status:

Open

The Experiences Pathway allows students to demonstrate mastery of competencies and earn credit through experiences, such as internships, travel, service learning, entrepreneurship, or independent study. Students may elect to meet all competencies in a particular competency group (i.e., English 1 or Economics) or they can master  competencies in multiple discipline areas. Once a student enrolls, a VLACS instructor will work with the student to refine the Experience, identify the competencies that will be met, and determine products that will demonstrate mastery of each competency.

In Experiences students will:

  1. Use google drive.
  2. Meet weekly or every two weeks with their instructor.
  3. Secure an outside expert.
  4. Plan the experience prior to completing it. (Credit is not awarded for experiences completed prior to enrollment and completion of the planning process.)

Here is how to enroll in an Experience.

  1. Identify the course(s) that matches most closely with your Experience.
  2. Click “Enroll Now” from www.vlacs.org or from our learning catalog.
  3. From the enrollment page, navigate to the course that matches your Experience.
  4. Select all competencies that you hope to meet through your Experience. Do not worry if you are unsure of the exact competencies, they can be adjusted.
  5. Select the Experience bubble.
  6. If there are additional competencies from other discipline areas you hope to meet, enroll in these in the same manner.
  7. Your parent/guardian will receive an email asking for approval of your enrollment. This must be completed before we can assign you an instructor.
  8. You will receive a welcome email from your instructor within five days, given that space is available.

Independent Study

By signing up for an independent study, you will be able to direct your own learning, identifying what you want to learn and how you will demonstrate that you mastered your learning objectives.

Internship

Internships allow you to gain professional experience, make connections, and become familiar with a career, while working on site with mentors and professionals in a career of your interest.

Travel

While travel can be a great experience for learning life lessons, it is also an excellent way to acquire the knowledge and skills that allow you to demonstrate mastery in a variety of competencies.  The world is a classroom and travel experiences will connect your real world experiences to the learning that you seek.

Service Learning

In Service Learning, you collaborate with members of your community to address issues to improve your community. You will connect your service with discipline specific content so that learning can takes place through problem solving and collaboration.

Entrepreneurship

Starting your own business is a great way to learn. This type of experience allows you to engage in an entrepreneurial experience and receive credit for competencies you master through this experience.

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