GGH140 Economic Geography

for S2T 2011

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


S2T 2011 DL


Whitney, Damian M.


Adjunct Instructor


B.A. Geography
M.A. Geography

Office Location



Semester Dates

March, 14, 2011 - May, 8, 2011

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



Required Texts

  1. “The World Economy: Resources, Location, Trade and Development” 5th edition

by Frederick P. Stutz and Barney Warf

  1. 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:
Interaction is a big part of this course. Students will learn to apply critical thought to the subject matter through discussion and analysis of current events as well as the text and lecture material.

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


Discussion questions

5 pts each

40 total pts


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


210 pts

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late material will not be accepted. If you have an issue with the schedule that needs to be addressed, please let me know IN ADVANCE.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

-I expect you to conduct yourselves courteously and professionally. This includes weekly discussion questions in which you may post agreements or refutations of your classmate’s posts. If I have to remind you to keep it courteous, it means I have docked you points. Having to remind you more than once will result in further disciplinary action.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:


Note; although they are not posted here, there will be discussion questions every week.


-Read intro to Economic Geography lecture

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article


-Read Economic Sectors lecture

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article

-Take Quiz #1


-Read Uneven Development lecture

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article


-Read Migration and Informal Sector lectures

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article

-Deadline for submitting research paper topic

-Take Quiz #2


-Read Globalization and regionalism lecture

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article

Week 6:

-Read Population lecture part 1

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article

-Take Quiz #3



-Read Population lecture part 2

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article

-Research paper Due by end of week


-Read Global economy and the environment lecture

-Reading Assignment

-Answer discussion questions

-Weekly article

-Post Ecofoot quiz and answer ecofoot discussion questions.

-Final Exam

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