GGH140 Economic Geography

for U1T 2012

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


U1T 2012 DL


Smith, Dustin T.


Adjunct Faculty


Master of Urban Planning, University of Kansas; 1996
Bachelor of Arts - Geography, Pittsburg State University; 1993
Certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Daytime Phone

(816) 695-7440 - before 10:00 p.m.


Semester Dates

Spring I, 2012 - January 16 - March 11.

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



1.  Stutz, Frederick P. and Barney Warf. The World Economy: Geography, Business, Development - Sixth Edition. Prentice Hall, 2012.  ISBN - 978-0-321-72250-8
2.  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:

A couple of discussion questions will be posted 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, you are to just exercise some critical thinking on some of the issues presented in the questions. There are two requirements regarding discussion questions you should keep in mind. 1, In addition to answering all the questions, you will need 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 you have to be reminded 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.


There are three (3) quizzes, each worth 10 points. These will take place at the end of the 2nd, 4th and 6th week. These can be completed whenever you have finish taking notes on the lectures.

Research Paper:

There will be a research assignment (minimum of 4 pages), which must be completed and submitted by the end of week seven. You must pick a topic and submit it to me for approval by the end of week 5.  Full instructions and details about the research paper will be 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. Make sure you arrange this and get it approved by the instructor as soon as possible.


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:

All exams and assignments, including weekly discussions, peer reviews and extra credit must be comleted no later than the specified due dates (and times).  However, recognizing that accidents and unforeseen events do happen, the instructor may allow extra time to complete EXAMS ONLY, since timeframe for completing the exams will typcially be a window of 24 hours.  The instructor reserves the right to allow extra time to complete exams in these rare occurrences.  The student should contact me as soon as possible so that we can agree on a plan pursuant to completion of the required course work.  The instructor has the discretion to allow extra time or not allow extra time for completing course work (applies to exams only) and the student may be required to provide documentation of the emergency situation.  All other assignments must be completed on time; NO EXCEPTIONS. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The online environment is different from the face-to-face environment in that we do not have the luxury of being able to read body language and facial expressions or hear tone of voice.  Because of that, we should all be sensitive to how we address each other in the online classroom.  I like to assume that everyone has the best of intentions with whatever they may say, but things like foul language and racially/ethnically charged language is never acceptable here.  Please refer to the current Park University catalog and look up "Student Conduct Code" to find information about how inappropriate behavior is defined at Park University and how to file a complaint, if necessary.

Bottom line is that 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 you have to be reminded 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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