This course explores world regions from a holistic perspective, examining their economic, political, demographic, cultural and environmental landscapes with considerable historical depth.
It reviews each regions’ role in the global political economic system, and how that role has shifted throughout modern history. It surveys each region’s critical environmental resources, such as oil, water and arable land, and considers how those natural endowments helped to shape its economic and political experiences. It also observes economic and political systems, and how they have transformed throughout the modern era. It examines social conditions such as demographic breakdowns and transitions, urbanization, immigration and emigration, as well as indicators of human development such as education. Finally, it explores cultural landscapes, including ethno-linguistic groups and major religions, and considers how these social conditions have contributed to political, economic and social change within the regions.