I. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5–10%
A. Geography as a field of inquiry
B. Major geographical concepts underlying the geographical perspective:
location, space, place, scale, pattern, nature and society, regionalization,
globalization, and gender issues
C. Key geographical skills
1. How to use and think about maps and geospatial data
2. How to understand and interpret the implications of associations among
phenomena in places
3. How to recognize and interpret at different scales the relationships
among patterns and processes
4. How to define regions and evaluate the regionalization process
5. How to characterize and analyze changing interconnections among places
D. Use of geospatial technologies, such as GIS, remote sensing, global
positioning systems (GPS), and online maps
E. Sources of geographical information and ideas: the field, census data,
online data, aerial photography, and satellite imagery
F. Identification of major world regions (see maps on the following page)


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