North America: Landscapes, People, Culture

$189 Limited inc GST / $170
North America: Landscapes, People, Culture

<p>There are many similarities between Australia, Canada and the USA, yet also many differences. These are of geographical, climatic, demographic, historical and social nature. This course provides a

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There are many similarities between Australia, Canada and the USA, yet also many differences. These are of geographical, climatic, demographic, historical and social nature. This course provides a brief overview of those similarities, differences and their underlying factors to help understanding some Australia’s closest allies and further aims to introduce some of the less well-known areas of the North American continent.


COURSE OUTLINE
We will be looking at the geographical features, demographics, climatic conditions, economics, some social and political issues as well as a brief historical overview and the major tourist attractions across the various states and provinces of:

  • East Coast (Virginia up to Canadian Maritimes)
  • Great Lakes & Rust Belt (Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ontario, Quebec)
  • Deep South (North Carolina to Florida, between Atlantic Ocean and Mississippi)
  • Central Plains (Oklahoma to Manitoba and Saskatchewan, between Mississippi and Rocky Mountains)
  • Desert & Mountains (New Mexico and Arizona up to Alberta and Eastern British Columbia)
  • West Coast (California, Oregon, Washington State, Western British Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii)

Students will be asked each week which topics/regions presented that day they would be interested in for more specific and detailed course offerings in the future


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the geographical and climatic regions of North America and their influence on local life
  2. Name the main events shaping the historical course of the continent
  3. Identify the various ethnicities living across the continent
  4. Name the conflicts tearing at North American society.
  5. Provide feedback for more specialised future course topics involving the North American continent
  6. Gain a basic understanding of the North American continent, how people live and which parts are worthwhile visiting as a tourist and what to expect.