Cultural Geography


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The Cultural Landscape: An Introduction to Human Geography 10/e, by James Rubenstein, Pearson/Prentice-Hall, 2011
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  • ISBN 9780321677358
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  • Chapters may be only partial, or they may include pages from other chapters.
  • The exact reading assignments can be found on the Blackboard "ASSIGNMENTS: BEGIN HERE" link.

Unit 1 - Introduction to Cultural Geography

  • Ch. 1: Thinking Geographically
  • Appendix: Maps, Patterns, and Diffusion
  • Ch. 2: Population
  • Ch. 3: Migration

Unit 2 - Culture and Conflicts

  • Ch. 7: Ethnicity
  • Ch. 8: Political Geography
  • Ch. 6: Religion
  • Ch. 5: Language

Unit 3 - Economic Geography

  • Ch. 9: Development
  • Ch. 10: Agriculture
  • Ch. 11: Industry
  • Chs. 12 and 13: Services and Urban Patterns 


3 unit exams at 50 points each (can be retaken once)


Cumulative final exam at 100 points


12 "required activities" at 3 points each (can be retaken as many times as wanted)


12 "quick questions" at 2 points each


5 map quizzes at 10 points each




Letter grades: 90%=A, 80%=B, 70%=C, 60%=D, below 60%=F


All exams will be taken on the Harper campus in the Assessment Center (Testing Center), room A-148, phone 847-925-6541 [see: Assessment Center hours]. Exams should be taken during the week noted on the class schedule, or earlier. The exams will be taken on the computer through our Blackboard site. You will need to log in to your account to take the exam. You will need a picture ID.

Each unit exam has 50 multiple choice questions. Each unit exam can be taken twice (the second exam will have different questions) and only the higher score will be included in the gradebook. Please do not take the retake on the same day that you took the exam. If you need to retake an exam then you need to study more first.

Exams will be based on material found on the Blackboard "ASSIGNMENTS: BEGIN HERE" link including the online videos, the web links, the instructor notes, and the assigned textbook and other readings. Our Blackboard site has an "EXAM STUDY GUIDES" link. Be sure to use them. Use the Blackboard Discussion Board if you have questions.

When going to the Testing Center be prepared to give the staff the following information:

  • Picture ID
  • Course number: GEG 100
  • Instructor name: Mark Healy
  • Test or map quiz number
  • Whether the test is the first attempt or a retake (no retakes on map quizzes).



All map quizzes will be taken on the Harper campus in the Assessment Center (Testing Center), room A-148, phone 847-925-6541 [see: Assessment Center hours]. Map quizzes must be taken by the date listed on the class schedule below or earlier. 

For each map quiz students will be required to name countries numbered on a blank outline map of the region. Map quiz locations, blank and labeled maps, and an online map quiz tutorial can be found on the "Map Quiz Information" Blackboard link. A sample map quiz can be found on the "Map Quizzes" link on our Blackboard site.


For each chapter you will need to complete the online "Required Activity". These can be found on Blackboard under the ASSIGNMENTS - BEGIN HERE link. The Required Activity for each chapter are worth three points each. You can do them as many times as you wish and only the highest score will be recorded. Most Required Activities are twenty multiple choice questions.


For each chapter you will need to complete the online "Quick Question". These can be found on Blackboard under the ASSIGNMENTS - BEGIN HERE link. The Quick Questions for each chapter are worth two points each. The "Quick Questions" can be done only once. Each Quick Question will require you to go to a website to gather information or watch a short online video.


Required Activities and Quick Question
The required activities and the quick questions should be done BEFORE the exam is taken. Exam questions may come directly from the required activities. Students who do not complete the required activities before taking the exam are more likely to fail.

Exams and Map Quizzes

Exams and Map quizzes will be taken at the Harper Testing Center and they must be completed by the dates below.

Students will be allowed to take an exam at a later time other the scheduled week only IF:
1. the instructor is notified BEFORE the week the exam is scheduled AND
2. the student has a very good reason.

Students should take the exams and map quizzes according to the class Schedule. They can be taken early. Exams and map quizzes can be taken later than the scheduled date if you email the instructor first. Students who get behind often do poorly. Try to stay on schedule, or better yet, get ahead.



Before doing any assignment, FIRST go the "ASSIGNMENTS: BEGIN HERE" link on Blackboard. Chapters may be only partial, or they may include pages from other chapters. The exact reading assignments can be found on the "ASSIGNMENTS: BEGIN HERE" link.

NOTE: This outline/schedule may be changed. All changes will be posted on Blackboard and announced via e-mail.

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Cheating includes but is not limited to copying answers, stealing and/or disseminating tests or answer keys, using someone else's data in preparation of reports or assignments, and assisting others in such practices.

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Any form of academic dishonesty as defined by the faculty member or department is a serious offense requiring disciplinary measures. Discipline for academic dishonesty involving a specific course shall be first determined by the instructor of the course and may include failure of the specific assignment, project or test, or failure of the course. The student may appeal the instructor's decision in accordance with the College's Student Academic Complaint Procedures. In cases of academic dishonesty the faculty assigned grade supersedes a student-initiated withdrawal. In cases where disciplinary measures beyond course failure may be deemed appropriate by the instructor, or dishonesty that is not related to a specific course, the student may be disciplined in accordance with the Student Conduct Policy with the appropriate vice president involved in the decision.