CHIN 401.80: Geography of China

Spring, 2013

Class hours: Tuesday and Friday 12:45-2:00 p.m.
Class location: HN1022
Professors: Hongmian Gong and Wenge Ni-Meister
Office and phone: HN1050, 212-772-4658 & HN1029, 212-772-5321
Office hours: Prof. Gong -- Tuesday 2-2:30 pm & Prof. Ni-Meister -- Friday 4:30-5:30p.m.

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Department office and phone: HN1006, 212-772-5265

Course Description

The course will introduce both the human geography and the physical geography of China. It will be taught in Chinese. Advanced proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing Chinese is required.

Required Textbook

王静爱,中国地理教程. 高等教育出版, 2007. ISBN 978-7-04-020733-0.


CHIN301 and/or department permission (from the Classical and Oriental Studies department)

Course Evaluation

Grade will be based on the following Criteria:

Class participation


Class presentations


Final exam (May 24, 11:30 to 1:30 pm, HN 1022)




1. Each student is required to do two presentations in Chinese, 5-minute each, on human geography and physical geography of China. For the human geography presentation, a student should select a section from Chapter 11 to Chapter 14 of the textbook, or a human geography topic approved by Prof. Gong. For physical geography, a student should select a section from Chapter 6 to Chapter 10 of textbook, or a physical geography topic approved by Prof. Ni-Meister.

2. Class attendance is mandatory. Missing more than three classes in a semester, regardless the reasons, will adversely affect your grade. Students are responsible for obtaining any information presented in class during an absence.

3. No incomplete (IN) is given as a grade unless it is under the most extraordinary, and documented, circumstances. To request IN as a grade, you must contact one of the instructors by the final exam date and complete a Contract to Resolve Incomplete Grades.

Tentative Schedule


Tuesday (by Prof. Gong)

Friday (by Prof. Ni-Meister)

Week 1

第三章 中国人口及城镇

第一章 第一节 中国的地理区位与国土

Week 2

第一节 中国人口的基本特

第一章 第二节 中国的地理特征

Week 3

第二节 人口密度与地理意

第二章 第一节 大地构造与地貌格局

Week 4

第三节 中华民族与地域特

第二章 第二节 季风气候雨水热结构

Week 5

第四节 城镇

第二章 第三节自然地带

Week 6

第四章 中国国土开

第二章 第四节 土地利用/覆盖及其变化

Week 7

第二节 可更新自然资源与开

第二章 第五节 地理景观格局演变

Week 8

第三 能源与开

第六章 中国的土地退化

Week 9

第四 矿产资源与开发

第七章 中国的自然灾害

Week 10

第五 类遗产资源与开发

第八章 中国的环境污染

Week 11

第六 交通建设与布

第九章 中国的生物多样性

Week 12

第七 业化与经济布

第十章 中国的可持续发展与地理工程

Week 13

第五章 第二 中国行政区划

第十章 中国的可持续发展与地理工程

Week 14

第五 中国经济区




1. January 29: First class for this course.

2. February 12: No class for Lincoln's Birthday College is closed.

3. February 14 (Thursday): Classes follow Tuesday schedule. We have class on this Thursday.

4. February 15 (Friday): Last day to drop the course without the grade of "W".

5. March 26 and April 2: Spring recess, no classes at Hunter College.

6. April 12 (Friday): Last day to drop the course with the grade of "W".

7. May 14 (Tuesday): Last class for this course.

Email Policy

Students should check the the course syllabus before emailing the instructors. Content of the emails is limited to what cannot be waited until the next class or office hour. Emails are generally replied within one business day and no later than two business days.

Hunter College Policy on Academic Integrity

Hunter College regards acts of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on examinations, obtaining unfair advantage, and falsification of records and official documents) as serious offenses against the values of intellectual honesty. The College is committed to enforcing the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity and will pursue cases of academic dishonesty according to the Hunter College Academic Integrity Procedures.


ADA Policy

In compliance with the American Disability Act of 1990 (ADA) and with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Hunter College is committed to ensuring educational parity and accommodations for all students with documented disabilities and/or medical conditions. It is recommended that all students with documented disabilities (Emotional, Medical, Physical, and/or Learning) consult the Office of AccessABILITY, located in Room E1214B, to secure necessary academic accommodations. For further information and assistance, please call: (212) 772- 4857 or (212) 650-3230.

Syllabus Change Policy

Except for changes that substantially affect implementation of the evaluation (grading) criteria, this syllabus is a guide for the course and is subject to change with advance notice. Any changes made to the syllabus will be announced in the class.