May 29, 2023
GEOG 350 - California
Units: 3 ; Breadth Area: GE-UD-D; Sustainability
A study of California’s uniqueness and diversity from the aspects of physical landscape, environmental resources, human and cultural diversity, historical transformation, and economic activities.
Strongly Recommended Preparation: Upper division status (greater than 60 earned semester units) and completion of lower division Area D1-3 requirements.
Prerequisites: Completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 with grade C- (CR) or better.
Possible Instructional Methods: Entirely On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Breadth Area(s) Satisfied: GE-UD-D - Upper Division Social Sciences, Overlay - Social Justice
Course Typically Offered: Fall & Spring
Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the forces of Nature that shape the diverse physical and natural landscapes of California.
- Evaluate the basis of California’s 21st-century water shortage problem.
- Articulate the characteristics and constraints of major economic activities that shape California’s economy.
- Describe and analyze the historical roots of California’s ethnic diversity and settlement patterns.
UD-D. Upper-division Social Sciences Learning Outcomes
Sustainability Overlay Learning Outcomes
- analyze how power and social identity affect social outcomes for different cultural and economic groups using methods of social science inquiry and vocabulary appropriate to those methods;
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply accurately disciplinary concepts of the social or behavioral sciences; and
- demonstrate an understanding of and ability to effectively plan or conduct research using an appropriate method of the social or behavioral sciences.
- identify the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of sustainability, either in general or in relation to a specific problem;
- analyze interactions between human activities and natural systems;
- describe key threats to environmental sustainability; and
- explain how individual and societal choices affect prospects for sustainability at the local, regional, and/or global levels.
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