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Global Studies ‘A’ Syllabus
Faculty Name: Karl Atkins
503-543-6376 ext. 5113
Room Number: B-3

For many students, global studies (sometimes referred to as geography) means studying maps and memorizing the location of countries and states; however, global studies is a much more complex and intriguing subject matter than what many students realize. Global studies is interwoven with other subjects such as history, science, economics, politics, and sociology. Understanding global studies can help deepen students’ understanding of these subjects and many other aspects of their lives.

Today, researchers in the field of global studies focus on the people and cultures (cultural global studies) and the planet earth (physical global studies).

The features of the earth are the domain of physical global studies and include research about climates, the formation of landforms, and plant and animal distribution. Religion, languages, and cities are a few of the specialties of cultural (also known as human) global studies. Research into the intricacies of human existence is fundamental to our understanding of cultures. In cultural global studies we want to know why various groups practice certain rituals, speak different dialects, or organize their cities in a particular way.

There’s always something new to research in global studies: new nation-states are created, natural disasters strike populated areas, the world’s climate changes, and the internet brings millions of people closer together. Knowing where countries and oceans are on a map is important, but global studies is much more than the answers to trivia questions. Having the ability to geographically analyze allows us to understand the world in which we live.

Our class this year will study a wide range of topics: history from the ancient world through modern times, geography, vocabulary, and current events to name a few. Work will involve a variety of sources: text, video, research sources, simulations, group and individual projects and presentations.

Course Description
Global Studies examines the basic concepts of physical and human geography and the influences they have on life. In addition, the student will study the physical and cultural regions of various parts of the world. Students will develop communication and problem solving skills as they analyze the day to day issues people of the world face. Students will learn to compare, contrast, and interpret changes and trends as they study themes such as: globalization and world trade, borders, genocide, comparative world religions, resource use and more. Students will also develop and demonstrate teamwork as they participate in activities, simulations, and projects relating to these units.

The study of global studies is centered around ten (10) general and broad themes – Culture; Time, Continuity, and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Individual Development and Identity; Individuals, Groups, and Institutions; Power, Authority, and Governance; Production, Distribution, and Consumption; Science, Technology, and Society; Global Connections; and Civic Ideals and Practices. Within these ten general themes there are five (5) more specific themes that geographers have developed: Location (position on the Earth’s surface); Place (physical and human characteristics); Relationships (within a place: humans and environments); Movement (humans interacting with each other on the Earth); and Regions (how regions form and change).

Behavior Expectations & Classroom Conduct
Welcome! The purpose of this handout is to inform you of the basic ground rules by which our class will operate. I fully realize that you have heard many, if not all, of these rules before, but this paper will tell you which items will be stressed in this class. You are expected to know these policies.
Your behavior should be appropriate to your environment. I will expect each of us to respect one another and their opinions. Our behavior must encourage a positive and learning atmosphere.
  1. Electronic devices can be a distraction. As we have expanded our wifi infrastructure has expanded the idea of BYOD (bring your own devise) allows us to appropriately leverage technology. The rule for us is: ask first.
  2. All school rules apply to every student.
  3. Bring everything you need to class daily. I cannot provide materials for you.
  4. Be in the room on time. A student will be considered tardy if they are not in the room when the tardy bell rings. School policy requires tardy students to check in with the attendance office.
  5. Attend all classes regularly. So much of what we do in our class happens in the classroom. If you are gone you are missing out.
  6. The teacher will excuse students from the room.
  7. Make-up exams or re-takes must be taken before the next exam and will be given outside of class time.
  8. In order to learn you must do the work yourself. Any student caught cheating; offering information, or plagiarizing will be given a zero on the assignment or exam.
  9. Writing conventions always count!

#1. Respect my right to teach
#2. Respect all students’ right to learn.
#3. Respect the health and safety of students and property.

In addition to the above, we will insert a few projects along the way allowing for creative engagement with the Unit materials.

If you have any questions concerning these policies or anything else during the year please feel free to contact me. E-mail works best for me, Thank you!

The course Standards and Unit Outline can be accessed by opening the file below:

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