Physical and Logical Geography

Fall 2004


Tyrus Smith, Ph.D.

Phone: 253/680-3035


Mauney, Allen, M.S.

Phone: 253/680-3037


 Course Description:

The class will explore the use of maps to organize information and show relationships. Through class discussions, workshops, and short lectures we will focus on understanding how to make and read maps communicating geographical, chronological, and environmental information. Students will also calculate quantities relevant to maps (e.g., length, area, etc.), study the geometrical justification for mapping and use the mathematical model of justifying sound arguments. This class is recommended for students intending to go into fields of education, science, law and public policy.


Time: Class meets Thursday’s from 10-1PM (Morning) 6-9 PM (Evening)

Required Textbooks and Materials:

Thinking for Yourself: Developing Critical Thinking Skills Through Reading and Writing, by Marlys Mayfield, Heinle; 6th edition (June 27, 2003) ISBN: 0838407358

You Are Here, by Katherine Harmon(Editor) Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1st edition (November 2003) ISBN: 1568984308

Student Supplies required for this course:

Quadrille paper

Ruler (metric) 30 cm


Multicolor pens or pencils

Basic calculator

 Learning Outcomes/Skills: By the end of this course students who successfully complete it will have…

Course Equivalencies (in quarter hours):

3 – Informal Logic

3 – Physical Geography

* Students planning on attending an MIT or similar program should meet with faculty to discuss revising course equivalencies (instructors note – not included in syllabus)

Student Expectations ("Show up, speak up and keep up"):

    1. Attendance is mandatory. Show up – missing one class will cause you to fall behind. However, missing two or more classes may be too much to make up. Therefore, missing two or more classes is grounds for reduced or no credit, no matter how well you are performing in the class.
    2. Speak up – Class discussion is a vital component of this class. You are expected to participate in seminar/class discussions and ask questions in class and when necessary ask instructors for help.
    3. Follow instructions and turn in all assignments on time. Late work may not be evaluated. This syllabus provides a schedule of class meetings and assignments – plan ahead and adjust your schedule accordingly.


***If any student has a health condition or disability that may require accommodations in order to effectively participate in this class, please contact your instructors after class.

Applicable students must also register with Access Services for documentation and verification of appropriate accommodations. Information about a disability or health condition will be regarded as confidential. Contact Access Services in Library 1407-D, 867-6348

Student Work

Reader Response Writings (Instructions)

Journals are an integral part of the coursework at Evergreen. Student’s journals are intended to provide an opportunity for students to synthesize readings, assignments, lectures and related information for the purposes of reflection and analysis. Journal entries provide the opportunity for students to reflect, analysis, and elaborate upon material covered in this course. Journal entries are to be written in an interdisciplinary manner – linking them to other program foci and drawing upon related content from other classes.

Journal entries should directly address course content by reflecting, analyzing, and applying course content (readings, assignments, etc.) to present your understanding of the material and its relevance to this class or course-related material.



Final Paper