In this course, you will learn about the world we live in—and, more importantly, learn about these “countries and kingdoms” that you might “be prepared in all things” (D&C 88:78–79):
In addition, I hope that you will finish this course with
In a more academic vein, when you successfully complete this course, you should be able to
You will need these textbooks and other materials to complete this course:
Each lesson in this course guides you through the material, letting you know which chapters to read in your textbook, which video clips to watch, which virtual lectures to view, and which assignments to complete for each lesson.
The virtual lectures include photographs, charts, maps, and other helpful material, along with my commentary. These are supplements to the material you have already read in the textbook—and you will need to know this information for the assignments and exams. I hope you’ll find the lectures enjoyable as well as informative!
Here is how I recommend you work through each lesson:
The map and reading quizzes list 10–15 places that you will need to label by name on the map. In addition to the basic map identification questions, the quizzes include 2–3 questions from the assigned chapter readings. For example, your textbook talks about fjords (a key term). A possible Europe reading/map quiz question might therefore say: “Label the country where flooded U-shaped valley inlets are dominant features along its western coastline.” The country this describes is Norway, so to answer the question you would label “Norway” on the map of Europe.
Your course materials include a set of .PDF practice maps:
You can also download copies of the maps from the “Geography: World Outline Maps” website and print them for practice.
Note: You will complete the Map Quizzes by dragging place names and labels into the correct position on an electronic map. Feel free to practice with printed maps if you would like to do it, but be prepared to actually submit the assignment online.
The atlas assignments are based on your use of both the Goode’s Atlas and your textbook (the Asia assignment also uses selected web sites on the Internet). They include both computer-graded and instructor-graded questions. For many of the questions, you will need to analyze maps and then come up with what you think is the best answer.
Note: Successfully gathering the information for this project will take at least three months. You must plan to take at least that long to finish the course.
For this project, you will select one region of the world (United States and Canada, Europe, Russian Realm, Oceania, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, Central Asia) to follow throughout the course through daily readings of a major newspaper. You can subscribe to the newspaper or read it online.
I suggest these newspapers for their comprehensive international coverage:
You may also use your local newspaper (such as the Salt Lake Tribune or Deseret News in Utah) if you already have a subscription, but be sure that the paper covers international events adequately, especially in the area you’ve chosen to focus on.
As you read the newspaper, look for articles about your region that will help you answer the project questions:
The length of your answers will in part depend on what has happened in your region throughout the time you take the course. Some regions will have more action or newspaper coverage than others. However, your answer to each question should be one-half to one page, typed double-spaced in 11- or 12-point font. As you put together the project paper,
Note: You will submit your completed paper electronically. To make sure that I can open and read your paper, please save it as a Microsoft Word .DOC or .DOCX file.
If you need a few extra points to make up for poor performance on quizzes, atlas exercises, or the midcourse exam, you can do one of these activities.
Your assignment is worth up to 10 points. Turn your extra-credit project in with your newspaper project at the end of the course, and I will add the points to your final course grade.
You will complete one midcourse exam and a final exam, each covering half of the course. The midcourse exam covers the material in lessons 1–6, while the final concentrates on lessons 7–12, with selected information from the first half of the course. The exams cover these elements of the course:
The exams include multiple choice, matching, identification, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, map, and essay questions based on information in the text and lectures.
As you study the material, it’s helpful to note specific examples of different concepts, because on the exam I ask you to define a term and then give an example or location that illustrates that term. Several of the fill-in-the-blank questions ask you to name the correct country where a specific event happened. I do not ask questions that require you to remember dates or specific numbers.
Here is the point breakdown for the course assignments and exams:
|Eight map quizzes (10–15 points each)||130 points|
|Six atlas exercises (10–20 points each)||95 points|
|Newspaper Project||60 points|
|Midcourse Exam||150 points|
|Final Exam||200 points|
This is the grade breakdown by percentages:
|A||93% to 100%|
|A-||90% to 92%|
|B+||87% to 89%|
|B||83% to 86%|
|B-||80% to 82%|
|C+||77% to 79%|
|C||73% to 76%|
|C-||70% to 72%|
|D+||67% to 69%|
|D||63% to 66%|
|D-||60% to 62%|
|E||0% to 59%|
A brief copyright note about the photographs and illustrations in the virtual lectures: Unless otherwise indicated, Professor Emmett himself took the photographs in the lesson lectures, and he holds the copyrights thereof. Most of the maps and graphs come from your textbook, and are used with permission of the publisher. Other materials are used by permission from their respective authors.
The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.
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