Global Studies (GLST) 200

World Regional Geography (Revision 4)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: GLST 200 is a cross-listed course—a course listed under two different disciplines—with GEOG 200. GLST 200 may not be taken for credit by students who have obtained credit for GEOG 200.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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Global Studies 200: World Regional Geography is a junior-level course designed to provide students with a systematic introduction to the major geographical regions of the modern world. The course examines Europe; Russia; North, Central, and South America; Sub-Saharan Africa; North Africa and Southwest Asia; South Asia; East Asia; Southeast Asia; and the Austral, Pacific, and Polar regions. It guides students through an analysis of the physical geography, links and barriers, demographic patterns, economic assets and liabilities, and human potentials and prospects of each region. It also introduces the methods and perspectives of the discipline of geography, focusing on the relationships between human societies and their natural and built environments.

World Regional Geography is intended as a foundation course for students in Global Studies, Geography, and Environmental Studies programs, but it is also suitable for students with interest in studying the geographical regions of the planet or in acquiring better background understanding of contemporary world events. It is designed for learners with little or no previous university experience. There are no prerequisites for this course.


Introduction: World Regional Geography

  • Unit 1: The European Realm
  • Unit 2: The Russian Realm
  • Unit 3: The North American Realm
  • Unit 4: The Middle American Realm
  • Unit 5: The South American Realm
  • Unit 6: The Subsaharan African Realm
  • Unit 7: The North African / Southwest Asian Realm
  • Unit 8: The South Asian Realm
  • Unit 9: The East Asian Realm
  • Unit 10: The Southeast Asian Realm
  • Unit 11: The Austral Realm
  • Unit 12: The Pacific Realm and Polar Futures


To receive credit for GLST 200, you must achieve a grade of at least 50 per cent on the final examination and achieve a minimum course composite grade of D (50 percent). The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Activity Weighting
Assignment 1 15%
Assignment 2 15%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 20%
Film Reviews 5%
Glossary Exercise 5%
Final Exam 25%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

de Blij, H. J., Muller, Peter O., and Nijman, Jan. (2014). Geography: Realms, regions, and concepts (16th ed.). New York: Wiley.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the GLST 200 challenge registration, you must achieve an overall course grade of D (50 percent) or greater to pass.

Activity Weighting
Assignment 35%
Exam 65%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 4, July 10, 2014.

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