GGH140 Economic Geography

for F2T 2010

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


F2T 2010 DL


Villarreal, Oscar


Adjunct Faculty


B.A. Sociology/History
M.A. Urban Studies
M.S. Public Health

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Cell: 210-394-9434


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Semester Dates

10/18/2010 to 12/12/2010

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Title: World Economy: Resources, Location, Trade, and Development

Author: Stutz, Frederick

ISBN: 9780132436892

Edition: 5th

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You will need an Atlas. I do not require that you have a specific one, so long as it is fairly detailed and as recent as possible.

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Course Description:
GGH140 Economic Geography (MGE): The course will introduce the basic concepts and processes underlying the spatial distribution (international and regional) of economic activities. Topics such as agriculture, forestry, industry and mining will be discussed. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

The facilitator's educational philosophy is that every student deserves opportunities for quality learning whether it is in brick-and-mortar or an online environment. Just as the instructor should always be attentive to the students’ needs and his/her progress in the learning environment, the student should also be attentive to his/her academic responsibilities. As an online student for several years, I learned that if the facilitator or instructor provides the motivation, the enthusiasm, and the tools to learn, the student will feel comfortable with the environment and the instructor which in turn will facilitate participation and involvement with other colleagues in class discussions.  

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate basic theory of economic geography.
  2. Analyze the basic features of the global economy.
  3. Analyze the relationships between economic resources and geography.

Core Assessment:

·         Multiple Homework assignments

·          Multiple lecture exams (objective and subjective)


Paper Project with map (CA)

Class Assessment:

Discussion Questions:
I will post a couple of discussion questions for every week. Note that many of these are not made to produce a specific answer, so there is no right or wrong answers per say. In many cases, I just want you to exercise some critical thinking on some of the issues presented in the questions. There are two requirements regarding discussion questions that I want you to keep in mind. 1, In addition to answering all the questions, I want to respond to at least one answer that some one else has posted. You may agree, add on to their argument or offer a rebuttal. 2, Anytime you write on the discussion board (whether it be responding or answering a question) keep it civil and professional! If I have to remind you about inappropriate or discourteous comments, it means you have lost points!

Weekly Articles
Every week there will be a discussion thread for you to post an article and then a paragraph or so about why you think it is important or relevant. Articles should be relevant to the general subject matter we cover in the course and they should also not be too long. See the assignment description under Weekly Articles for more details.
You will have 3 quizzes, each worth 10 points. These will take place at the end of the 2nd, 4th and 6th week. You may do these whenever you have completed taking notes on the lectures.
Research Paper:There will be a research assignment (minimum of 4 pages). You will have until the end of week 7 to complete it and send it to me. I will post full instructions and details about the research paper on the class site.

EcoFoot Assignment
There will be a small writing assignment for week 8. This contains two steps, an online quiz and a short discussion thread. See the ecofoot assignment description under week 8 for more info.
Final Exam: The Final exam will be cumulative. You must arrange with a testing center or proctor in order to take the final. Make sure you arrange this and get it approved by me AS
Final Exam:
The Final exam will be cumulative. You must arrange with a testing center or proctor in order to take the final. Make sure you arrange this and get it approved by me AS


Discussion questions   5 pts each   40 total pts
Quizzes                     10 pts each   30 total pts
Ecofoot assignment   10 pts            l0 pts
Research Paper         50 pts            50 total pts
Final Exam                40 pts            40 total pts
Weekly Articles            5 pts each   40 total pts
total                                                210 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:

General Policy on written assignments and discussion questions:

1. Written assignments: Students need to submit assignments in time. I do not accept late assignment, but if for any reason the student anticipates being late for a justifiable reason, he, or she should notify the instructor by email at least by the day prior to due date explaining why the assignment will be late.
2. Expectations are that discussion questions will be answer as per instructions by the date due. The discussion board is a very important part of the online program. You will be able to interact with the instructor and other students. Submitting  your responses by the due date is important so that other students can review and respond to them.

3. Students are to make their presence each week and respond to all assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students are to follow netiquette and be professional in their responses. I expect you to conduct  yourselves courteously and professionally. This includes weekly discussion questions which you may agree with or rebuttals of your classmate's posting. If I have to remind you to to keep it courteous, it means I have to deduct points for that assignment. If I have to remind you more than once, it will result in further displinary action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Topics, reading, quizzes, written assignments, and lectures are assign as per the schedule. Discussion questions are posted weekly.

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Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

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