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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

Fall 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
39305 MWF
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
GRG 102

Course Description

This course focuses on the geographical differences that exist within this relatively small part of the world. Although "Middle America," as many prominent scholars call it, is our immediate neighbor to the south, Americans, or perhaps more appropriately "norteamericanos," often have an incomplete or even inaccurate understanding of the region. The region is in some respects like a tapestry or mosaic. For example, in reference to one very large portion of it, Mexico, Lesley Byrd Simpson once said: "There are many Mexicos." Here, the region is studied systematically by unraveling or breaking it into 12 sub-regions. Each is discussed in the context of its biophysical environment, the ways in which people have used it historically, and the current economic, political, and cultural landscape. This course is designed for all advanced students regardless of their specific interests. It is designed to introduce the region to those students with little or no knowledge of it, and to help students familiar with region to understand better its geographical attributes. 


Required: Collection of readings to be purchased at Jenn's Copy and Binding, 2200 Guadalupe Street (in the basement of the Church of Scientology building) Materials: This course focuses heavily on the material or visual landscape.  Accordingly, a large number of illustrations will be used during each class meeting, specifically photographs, and maps, and to a lesser extent, graphs, and tables, all of which are in PowerPoint.  To help students in their note taking, these materials will be posted in Blackboard approximately one week prior to the class meeting in which they will be used.  They will remain posted approximately one day after the day they are used in class.  Students are free to print-out these materials and use them in class and in studying for exams.  Students should not, however, use them in lieu of attending class.


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