describe how technologies such as geographic

| March 14, 2016

Final Activity maps to the following GEOG 100 learning outcomes (course objectives):
•describe how technologies such as geographic information systems, remote sensing, and maps are used to analyze local, regional, and global issues
•identify and describe the physical processes that shape the earth’s surface at different scales from ancient times to the present to determine the physical environment of human cultures
•describe how culture, the environment, and location affect how we define and understand the world
•interpret information from the spatial perspective in order to apply knowledge of geography to world events
•use geographical concepts to interpret the past, explain the present, plan for the future, and understand the individual’s place in the world

To demonstrate your comprehensive knowledge of geography, you will write a response to the following essay question concerning “world rankings” of nations or political states:

Since World War II, the United States has often been placed No. 1 in world rankings of various kinds. With the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States was often referred to as the sole remaining superpower. As the twenty-first century proceeds, however, the position of the United States at the top of the rankings is being questioned.

1)What considerations, measures, and weightings do you think should be used in devising such rankings?

2)Use your method to devise a ranking of the top three political states:

a-in a century of your choice before the twentieth,

b-and suggest a likely ranking by the end of the twenty-first century.

Instructions for preparing your paper:

(1) The first paragraph should be an introduction with a thesis statement that directly answers the question.

(2) The middle paragraphs should make up the body. Each paragraph should have a topic sentence and at least five detail sentences. Include interesting and informative supporting facts and examples in your own words to demonstrate a full understanding of the topic and support your thesis. Include documented personal experience from a primary source.

(3) The final paragraph should summarize your research and applications as they relate to your thesis in your conclusion.

Your paper (essay) must:

•Use APA (American Psychological Association) in 12-point Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, double-spaced
•Include parenthetical in-text citations
•At least one of your sources must be a primary source
•Be formal in tone (3rd person). Do not use personal pronouns or contractions.
•Include your name at the top page of your document

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