The course is organized by world region; exploring location, environment, and culture. This semester-long course constructs a foundation for social science curricula through the study of culture in a geographical context.
Cultural studies focus on understanding concepts that describe political, economic, religious, and social systems. Students will also learn about present-day ways of life around the world and their historical backgrounds. Students will compare and contrast diverse major cultures that arose in the world due to specific geographical forces, and also seek to discover the common elements found in all cultures, thereby developing a multicultural perspective. In addition, students will engage with map work, globes, graphs, the internet, library resources, and class discussions to foster a deeper understanding of the world around them. The course culminates in a final project in which students analyze a current event through a historical-geographic lens of one of the regions studied in class.