Geography Project plan of a geographical issue
The Geography Project Plan is a research paper and a capstone assignment whereby you will
apply geographic and research skills toward solving a real problem.
Choose a service project at an accessible location where you have an interest and passion for
making a difference. The project must be feasible in scale and scope for a student’s time and
budget. Choose a specific location rather than a grand scale project like ending world hunger.
Your plan must be 1,000–1,250 words, use Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch
margins, include a cover page, the required sections (shown below), a reference page, a map, and
a realistic budget. Cite at least five scholarly sources (other than Scripture, the textbook, and
Wikipedia) in current APA format.
The project can have an environmental focus, e.g., access to clean drinking water; preserving
natural habitats; reducing air and water pollution; or dealing with the aftermath of natural
disasters like floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Many students choose humanitarian projects
focused on health, education, and financial needs, e.g., educating illiterate populations; helping
start businesses; feeding the malnourished; or resourcing underserved schools, health clinics,
hospitals, or orphanages. Your project may be as simple as building a wheelchair ramp for your
neighbor or building a new playground at your church. The project may expand upon an existing
service, but you must identify what services currently exist and how the services may be
expanded based on your contribution. You must include realisitic materials, transportation, labor,
and other associated costs. For example, is there a need for additional homeless shelters? If
shelters exist, where are they located and what populations do they serve? Is there a need for
shelters to safely house families, or just women and children? How much would it cost to erect
and operate a homeless shelter for the number of clients that you are proposing?
Step 1: State the objective (what will be accomplished) and location of the project, e.g.,
“I will provide clean drinking water to the rural population in Nimba, Liberia by digging
three wells.” Then give a brief explanation based on your initial research for why this
project is needed.
Step 2: Research, analyze, and describe the problem through a geographic lens. Consider
the terms and concepts in the textbook and the five main themes of geography.
Step 3: Describe a feasible course of action to solve the problem. The paper must explain
the who, what, why, and where of this project. In the end, this paper is about the proposed
solution, or Project Plan.
Step 4: List and describe the detailed costs of the project (i.e. materials, transportation,
Step 5: Utilize and bold highlight at least five geographic terms from the text.
Step 6: Incorporate the five main themes of geography into their required section
Use the following 10 required main sections when writing your paper. You may include
subheadings as needed.
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II. General Overview and Rationale
III. Region Relevance
IV. Location Relevance
V. Place Relevance
VI. Movement Relevance
VII. Human-Environmental Interaction Relevance