This highly recommended geography course for sophomores develops a framework for understanding the physical and human interconnectedness of the world in which they live, ultimately contributing to the creation of informed citizens. This thematic class explains the world in spatial terms through the study of places and regions. Students develop strategies for identifying, explaining, and predicting the human and physical patterns of interdependence among world regions and resources. Skills such as critical thinking, information and technology literacy, collaboration, self-direction and invention inspire students to make personal connections to their world. Map work, interpretation of patterns, the relationships between physical and human environments, and using geography to plan for the future are incorporated into the course. This course must be taken in conjunction with World History.