Why Regions?

Assignment 1: Why Regions?
This written assignment is designed to test your knowledge of course concepts. The assignment will be marked out of 100 and is worth 5% of your final grade. Completing this short assignment will provide you with an opportunity for feedback from your Open Learning Faculty Member prior to completing longer written assignments.
Please provide between one 1.5 to 2 pages, double-spaced answer (not more than 500 words) for the question below. Use one external reference in your argument.
Always retain a copy of the assignment for your records.
If you have questions about the following information, please contact your Open Learning Faculty Member.
In all your work for this course, be sure to use external resources that are based on quality research. Generally, these resources are “scholarly” and “peer-reviewed.” You may find yourself using popular and trade sources to illustrate your points (e.g., Canadian Geographic, newspaper articles), but be sure to balance the use of these by also including scholarly journal articles. For further information, see the guides from the TRU Library.
Please use the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition documentation style for referencing. You may want to consult sources on how to apply this citation style, including TRU Library reference.
Please refer to the grading rubric to view how marks will be distributed.
Question
Geography scholars have examined Canada as a land of regions since the late 19th century. Why do you think it is necessary to divide a country like Canada into regions? Is it necessary that the regions defined by geographers are the same as the regions perceived by the people who live in them? Discuss why or why not. When making your points, provide one or two examples of different regions.

Assignment 2: Core/Periphery, Faultlines, and Identifying Regions
This written assignment, consisting of three questions, is designed to test your knowledge of course concepts. The assignment will be marked out of 100 and is worth 15% of your final grade.
Always retain a copy of the assignment for your records.
For each of questions 1 and 2, please provide between 1.5 to 2 pages, double-spaced answers (not more than 500 words each).
In your response for questions 1 and 2, you can use your textbook to begin. However, you are encouraged to expand your answers by including your own thoughts and examples, and you are required to include a minimum of two external references per answer. Include these references in a bibliography and as in-text citations.
Be sure to use external resources that are based on quality research. Generally, these resources are “scholarly” and “peer-reviewed.” You may find yourself using popular and trade sources to illustrate your points (e.g., Canadian Geographic, newspaper articles), but be sure to balance the use of these by also including scholarly journal articles. For further information, see the guides from the TRU Library.
Please use the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition documentation style for referencing. You may want to consult sources on how to apply this citation style, including TRU Library’s reference.
Please refer to the grading rubric to view how marks will be distributed.
Question 3 requires a shorter answer format, and does not require external references. Please see the following for instructions.
Questions

Can an area that traditionally has been a periphery area become a core area? What are some of the obstacles to this transition? What conditions would need to be met for this to happen? Begin your answer by providing your own definitions for core and periphery. Illustrate your answer with reference to two different regions.

The paper by Stadel (2009) provides an extensive overview of the core-periphery model. You may use this article as one of your two external references.

Bone identifies four areas of tension or divisions in Canadian society that he argues threaten the regional cohesiveness of the country. Referring to one of the four faultlines he discusses (English/French, centralist/decentralist, Indigenous/non-Indigenous, and newcomers/old-Timers), what do you think the significance of this faultline is for Canada’s present and future? Provide an example from one region.

For each of the following photographs, make a suggestion for which of Bone’s regions you think it best represents, and provide a reason for your choice. Use concepts from the discussion about physical, historical, and social/economic/demographic characteristics in your explanation. (Note: It is possible that you might not identify the correct region where these photos were taken. What is important is that you identify a likely location, and back that up using characteristics that describe it as belonging to one region or another.) For this question, you are not required to use external references. Each photograph is worth 4 marks, for a total of 20 (1 mark for your identification of the region, and 3 marks for your reasoning and explanation).

Assignment 3: Regional Analysis
This written assignment is designed to test your knowledge of course concepts. The assignment will be marked out of 100 and is worth 20% of your final grade.
Always retain a copy of the assignment for your records.
For each of the questions, please provide between 1.5 to 2 pages, double-spaced answers (not more than 500 words for each).
Your textbook will provide you with material and ideas to begin your research for each question. However, you are encouraged to expand your answer by including your own thoughts and examples, and you are required to include a minimum of two external references per answer. Include these references in a bibliography and as in-text citations.
Be sure to use external resources that are based on quality research. Generally, these resources are “scholarly” and “peer-reviewed.” You may find yourself using popular and trade sources to illustrate your points (e.g., Canadian Geographic, newspaper articles), but be sure to balance the use of these by also including scholarly journal articles. For further information, see the guides from the TRU Library.
Please use the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Edition documentation style for referencing. You may want to consult sources on how to apply this citation style, including TRU Library’s reference.
Please refer to the grading rubric to view how marks will be distributed.
Questions

1 What are the economic, environmental, and cultural consequences of viewing Nunavut of the Territorial North as “Canada’s last frontier?” Are the frontier and homeland views of this region compatible with one another?

2 To what extent can/should Atlantic Canada depend on megaprojects to improve the region’s economic fortunes? What other avenues offer potential as far as future economic growth is concerned?

3 Compare and contrast Western Canada’s economy with that of British Columbia. To what extent is Western Canada’s reliance on agriculture similar to the role of the forest industry in BC?

4 Speculate as to British Columbia’s future as a region of Canada. In 25 years, will it be classed as a core region or as a periphery region? What factors will impact on the region’s future development?

Sample Solution

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