The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, 8th Edition

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The World Today: Concepts and Regions in Geography, 8th Edition

By Jan Nijman, Michael Shin, Peter O. Muller

In the 8th edition of this market-leading title, The World Today continues to break new ground in the interpretation and teaching of world regional geography. The new edition is now available with leading edge technology with the new WileyPLUS platform which provides instructors with the freedom and flexibility to tailor curated content, and easily customize the course with their own material. It offers today’s digital students with a clear learning path through the course providing students with a rich variety of online resources such as on-location videos, author insight videos, interactive maps and graphics—all designed to enrich their learning experience.

The World Today continues to explain the contemporary world’s geographic realms and their natural environments and human dimensions in a clear and concise fashion and offers an approach to Geography that meshes theoretical concepts with regional realities.

The evolving regional content of the chapters in the 8th edition of The World Today reflects the dynamic nature of the world’s geography; the changing and growing number of concepts mirror the progress of the discipline; and the ongoing introduction of new digital features reflects the instructional possibilities of new technologies in the World Geography course.

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New! Interactive Maps and Graphics Increase Engagement and Comprehension.

A wealth of interactive maps and other interactive graphics that were created by the authors help students learn about the people and places of the world, and the relevant geographic issues explored in the text, in an engaging way. These interactives can be used as the basis for class discussion, online discussion threads, and written assignments. Used as the basis for Geographic Information Analysis activities throughout the text and as the stimulus for assignable questions in WileyPLUS, the interactives reinforce concepts, stimulate curiosity, and encourage students to engage actively, independently, and critically with the topics they’re exploring.

Videos bring course content to life.

On-Location videos, filmed by the author team during their field work, help to immerse the students in a part of the world that they may have never seen before.

Author Insights Videos

Recorded by authors Jan Nijman and Michael Shin, these videos provide instructors and students with a ready-to-use tool to get started on a chapter – especially in an online environment. Found in the WileyPLUS Course Resources, each chapter will have two brief author-created video lectures that integrate audio narrative and key visuals from the text – the first designed to pique the students’ interest by ‘taking’ them into the realm covered in that chapter, and the second focused on a conceptual issue in that chapter. Each lecture is accompanied with separate guidance for the instructor, suggesting concrete ways to use the lectures as a springboard for discussion or assignments.

    Also Featured in WileyPLUS:

  • Self-Scoring Practice: The Practice tab of each chapter section module gives students a set of questions they can use for self-assessment as they explore the corresponding chapter section and allow them to see what they still need to master before completing higher-stakes online assignments.
  • Pre-created Assignments: allow instructors to save time by choosing from an extensive bank of assignments they can to add to their course. These assignments often highlight questions with embedded audio or video and links to the text.

    Other Features Include:

  • Technology & Geography: This feature illustrates the impact of evolving technologies (digital or otherwise) on geography and geographic regions, and underscores the dynamic nature of the subject matter in this book: regions change, and the role or meaning of geography can change as result of new technologies.
  • From the Field Notes: offer important first-hand observations from the field by the authors, who travel extensively and bring their photos from the field, and geographic perceptions to this feature.

Jan Nijman

Jan Nijman is the founding director of the Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University (GSU) where he holds the position of Distinguished University Professor, Geosciences. He is the author of 7 books and more than 100 other scholarly publications in a wide range of international journals such as Annals of the AAG, Political Geography, Regional Studies, Cultural Geographies, IJURR and Urban Geography. His primary research interest is in urban and regional development, with extensive field work experience in North America, West Europe, and South Asia. He has long been affiliated with the National Geographic Society, as a member of the Committee for Research & Exploration, as chair of National Geographic’s Global Exploration Fund in Europe, and as expert lecturer on a range of NG Expeditions around the world. Nijman’s professional honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Nystrom Award for best doctoral dissertation in Geography in the United States, the University Teaching Award at the University of Miami, and the J.B. Jackson book award from the Association of American Geographers.

Peter Muller

Peter O. Muller was born in England and grew up in New York City. He received his B.A. from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. After 14 years on the faculties of Villanova and Temple Universities, in 1980 he moved from the Philadelphia area to become Professor (and Department Chair for the next 20 years) of Geography and Regional Studies at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. He became Professor Emeritus upon his retirement in 2016, a year that also marked the 40th anniversary of his still unfolding career as a Wiley author.

Muller has published widely in the fields of urban and economic geography, specializing in suburbanization processes and the changing structure of the American metropolis. He is Honorary Editor of the journal, Urban Geography, which he served as co-editor from 2003 to 2012. He also served jointly as Book Review Editor for both journals of the American Association of Geographers from 2000 to 2012. He has co-authored every edition of Regions since 1985 as well as multiple editions of other textbooks in world regional, physical, economic, and urban geography. He also served as academic production consultant for the original Annenberg/Corporation of Public Broadcasting video series, The Power of Place, which focuses on world regional geography.

Michael Shin

Michael Shin is an Associate Professor with research interests in geographic information systems (GIS), political geography, globalization and Italy. Professor Shin teaches courses in GIS, cartography and geographic data visualization, and is Director of the UCLA Program in Geospatial Information Systems & Technology.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: World Regional Geography 

    Chapter 2: The North American Realm 

    Chapter 3: The Middle American Realm 

    Chapter 4: The South American Realm 

    Chapter 5: The European Realm 

    Chapter 6: The Russia/Central Asia Realm 

    Chapter 7: The North African/Southwest Asian Realm 

    Chapter 8: The Subsaharan African Realm 

    Chapter 9. The South Asian Realm 

    Chapter 10: The East Asian Realm 

    Chapter 11: The Southeast Asian Realm 

    Chapter 12: The Austral Realm 

    Chapter 13: Pacific Realm and Polar Futures

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