For the weekly and final writing assignments, you will need to pick one of the regions (and continue with this region throughout the course) outlined in the text to pursue further study. These include: Europe, Russia, the Middle East & North Africa, South and East Asia, Oceania, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the United States and Canada. NOTE: you cannot pick a region that you are from, for example, if you are from the United States, you must pick another region.
The papers are designed to provide you a chance to do more in-depth research and develop a greater understanding of a specific region based on the readings and class discussions. By the end of the class session, your shorter papers will be combined into a larger, and more developed paper on your specific region.
So what do I need to do for these papers?
Get a piece of paper, or a note pad or even a Post-it ® pad. If you use a larger piece of paper, fold it in to quarters, or fourths. That way you can use the four parts (eight if you use the back) to separate and organize your thoughts.
Now imagine yourself in your region, and imagine you are at an open space where there are many people whom you can observe, talk too, and interact with as well.
Now, consider these questions to formulate your outline and your fifth paper (Environment and Society):
- How has the influence of the inhabitants’ value on the physical environment affected the people of the region, especially later, as in 100 or 200 years later, or as a post-colonial region? What did they do that changed the physical characteristics of the region and what was the impact of these changes?
- Could the perceived value that caused changes have been done differently? In your opinion, were the changes done without forethought for the future (or could they have even perceived the outcomes)?
- How what the inhabitants valued, regarding the region’s physical geography, affect its political future and institutions?
- Make a final statement including your opinion and conclusions