GGH140 Economic Geography

for U1T 2011

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


U1T 2011 DL


Faith, Karen S.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Arts--Geography

Office Location

Phoenix, AZ

Office Hours

8-5 M-F Arizona time (Same as Pacific coast in the summer)

Daytime Phone



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
ISBN # 0132436892
  1. You will need an Atlas that is 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 to further the student learning process through individual attention focusing on the different abilities and learning styles of each learner.  An atmosphere of openness and acceptance of student's ideas and opinions is created in the classroom with attention to the writing and articulation of ideas through lectures, quizzes, dialogues and examinations.  The facilitator will engage each learner in lively exploration of ideas, issues and real-world examples and possibilities in geographic thought.

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:

Discussion questions are posted every week. Please use critical thinking skills when addressing the issues presented in the questions. There are two requirements regarding discussion questions:
1.  In addition to answering all questions, please respond to at least two classmates with a substantial post that furthers the discussion.
2.  Anytime you write on the discussion board (whether it be responding or answering a question) keep it civil,  professional and courteous.

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 submit to the dropbox. Full instructions and details about the research paper are posted 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. 


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:
Assignments will be accepted up to one week after their due date, but will be penalized 10% per day. Students may NOT make up quizzes or exams missed because of an unexcused absence. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The following rules of conduct always apply:

1) Demonstrate respect for yourself, your classmates, and your instructor.

2) Be honest with yourself and others.

3) Keep your sense of humor.

4) Participate in discussions and activities, and invite others to participate as well.

5) Respect the ideas and opinions of other, even when you do not agree.

6) Never, never plagiarize

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:



-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

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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".
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  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.
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