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James W. Harrington
GEOG 493
Seattle Campus

Assessing Geographic Learning

Enables graduating geography majors to articulate and assess their academic development and professional readiness by examining ways of representing geographic skills and capabilities. Offered: Sp.

Class description

The course has three salient student-learning objectives: 1. Self-representation: Each student should increase her/his ability to state her/his core knowledge (“What it means to be a geographer focusing on…”), skills (specific tasks that the student is able to undertake), and broad capabilities (such as team work, division of labor, problem identification (in what realms)). 2. Self-assessment: Each student should increase his/her ability to assess his/her level of mastery of core knowledge, skills, and capabilities, should be able to point to some of the experiences that led to the current level, and should gain some idea of how to increase his/her mastery in the future. 3. Professional strategies: Each student should develop some specific ideas for entering or advancing within a professional field; and should be able to relate her/his self-representation and self-assessment to some key requirements of the field.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

discussion and workshop

Recommended preparation

senior status in Geography

Class assignments and grading

Developing a portfolio and resume; Readings about self-assessing one's abilities

Portfolio; resume; discussions; reporting on readings


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by James W. Harrington
Date: 04/19/2002