Geographies of the United States

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode GEGUS
Vaknaam Geographies of the United States
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

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Leerdoelen - Explain and present the basic geographies of the U.S.A.
- Reflect upon and explain a specific theme from the geographies of the U.S.A..
- Recognize differences and similarities in the geographies of the U.S.A., and other countries that are more familiar to them.
- Present their research outcomes in different formats.
- Reflect on their own and their group mates’ performances in a group project.
Omschrijving In this course students will be working themselves on their understanding of long-term socio-spatial developments in the USA. The first part of the course consists of short student presentations on the basics of the geographies of North-America, based on a series of obligatory and annotated YouTube videos. This introduction is supported by master classes on specific topics by guest lecturers. Acquired knowledge is tested in an intermediate facts and topography exam.
The main part of the course module consists of a group research project on a topic of choice. The students present this orally, and in an academic paper or if they prefer in a different output format targeting a wider (non-academic) audience. This could be a poster presentation, an animation film, a website, an article for a popular journal, etc.
Assessment consists of a series of assessed products or activities: the first oral presentation of the videos, the intermediate facts exam and topography test, the research paper or the wider audience product, the oral presentation about the research project, and active participation. There is no final exam. Compensation between all elements of the assessment is possible.
For HG&P students the course would serve well as a preparation for the third year fieldwork to the US.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Independent study, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments, Interim test with multiple choice questions digital, Interim test with open questions digital, Oral presentation
(Not only multiple choice questions; the exams may contain other types of automatically graded questions as well)
Vaksoort bachelor
Docent(en) dr. S.L. Bolderman ,dr. P.D. Groote
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
A specified series of YouTube videos, as indicated on Brightspace, with the attached annotations in Interactive Video software.
Opmerkingen Related elective for BSc Human Geography & Planning. Elective for BSc Spatial Planning and Design.
The course is open for all bachelor students with an interest in the subject matter.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester I b keuze
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Related elective year 2 ) 2 semester I b gebonden keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Optional courses BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 3 semester I b keuze
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Real Estate Studies) - semester I b keuzegroep