GEOG 597i
Critical Geospatial Thinking and Applications

Assignment 2

Instructions:

This exercise consists of three parts; two short-answer essays and one more detailed applied essay. Please see the grading rubric provided below.

Part 1: Short Answer Essay 1 (1 point):  

In one healthy paragraph, describe the practical utility of "The First Law of Geography."

Part 2: Short Answer Essay 2 (2 points):

In a one-page (single-spaced; standard font) essay describe a real-world example of resistance to innovation and diffusion.

Part 3: Applied Essay (4 points):

The Scenario

You are a recent hire by the Department of Homeland Security, and your new supervisor, knowing that you are geographer of impressive capabilities, has ask you to brief a group of intelligence analysts on the potential integrative role of geography in analyzing the internal and external security implications of globalization relative to the security of the United States.  

The Task

Your job is to develop a briefing for intelligence analysts who work for the Department of Homeland Security on the utility of the discipline of geography in analyzing the internal and external security implications of globalization realtive to the security of the USA. Your briefing should not exceed three pages (single-spaced, standard font).  

Instructions:

Due Dates

Please check your Syllabus, the Modules page, and Course Calendar in Canvas for due dates.

The Deliverable

Create a concise briefing for Department of Department of Homeland Security intelligence analysts about the utility of the discipline of geography in analyzing the implications of globalization relative to the security of the USA.  

This applied essay should be no more than 3.0 pages (total) of text, single spaced 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch margins. You must have a title and your name on the paper as well as in the file name.

Submitting Your Assignment

Post your assignments to the Lesson 2 Assignment located in Canvas.

Grading Information and Rubric

This assignment is worth up to 7 points.

Grading Rubric
Criteria Full Points Half points No points
Mastery of Subject Matter Demonstrates substance and depth; is comprehensive; shows mastery of material Covers topic; uses appropriate sources; is objective Does not give adequate coverage of topic; lacks sources
Clarity of Thought Addresses the topic with clarity; organizes and synthesizes information thoughtfully; and draws logical conclusions from available information; reader can easily follow the line of reasoning Addresses the topic; lacks substantive conclusions; sometimes digresses from topic; reader may struggle at times following line of reasoning Presents little to no clarity in formulating conclusions and/or organization
Accuracy of Interpretation and/or Computation Shows a high level of accuracy when interpreting and/or computing data; presents the correct response Shows an acceptable level of accuracy when interpreting and/or computing data; answer may not be completely correct, but shows understanding Inaccurately interprets and/or computes data resulting in incorrect answers
Clarity of Presentation Is free or almost free of errors (grammar, spelling, and writing mechanics); appropriately documents sources Has errors, but they don't represent a major distraction; documents sources Has errors that obscure meaning of content or add confusion; neglects important sources or documents few to no resources