This course examines issues relevant to people and environments in the world's regions, using geographic approaches to illustrate human connections to place, and relations between people and places across the globe. The focus of the course is on the dynamism of the world's regions as they rapidly change, growing more diverse ethnically, politically, economically, and culturally and at the same time more connected as globalizing forces cross borders to blend cultures, economies, industries and other activities with global reach, as the world becomes ever-more connected through instant communication and travel. Students will learn about the elements of culture that link peoples of different regions as growing human populations consume resources from all over the world.