Choose one of the following four topics and prepare a concise and informative essay on ONE
REGION that you will write in class on the day of the examination without reference to notes. A
strong response will make reference to place names, including at least three countries.
The following grading guideline will be used to evaluate your essay:
Introduction: with theme/purpose
Good writing mechanics (grammar, spellings, punctuation, sentence structure, phrasing)
Meaningful reference to at least 3 countries in the region
1. Environmental Focus. Write an essay in which you explain a region’s environmental
characteristics, a) how humans have adapted to these, b) how humans have purposefully or
accidentally changed the environment, and c) the social consequences of these changes
Content may include but is not limited to – deforestation, desertification, diversion of rivers, dam
building, salinization and its intended and unintended consequences which leads/has led to
lifestyles changes in a particular region
2. Demographic and Urban Focus. Write an essay on a region’s urban and population
characteristics and dynamics.
Content may include but is not limited to – migration and migration policies, dynamics of urban
growth and its resulting consequences for urban and rural areas, for example age/population
structures and its associated problems.
3. Social and Economic Focus. Write an essay on a region’s social and economic development
characteristics and the intended and unintended consequences of this growth.
Content may include but is not limited to – GDP, Purchasing Power rates, Impact on women,
Growth of cities, loss of jobs, unemployment, shifts to urban centers, literacy rates, birth control,
contraceptive schemes, reduction of population schemes
4. Geopolitical and Territorial Focus. Write an essay on the geopolitical and territorial disputes
between and within countries focusing on the multiple reasons for these disputes and provide a
discussion of the current state of affairs.
Content may include but is not limited to – Disputes between nations over water rights in the
Middle East, issues between territorial claims of China and Tibet, India and Pakistan, North and
South Korea etc.
|Due By (Pacific Time)||12/10/2014 08:00 pm|
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