GGH140 Economic Geography

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


SP 2012 HO


Fox, David P.


Assistant Professor of Geography


(PhD candidate [ABD], Geography, University of Kansas)
MA, Geography, University of Missouri (2001)
BA, Geography, University of Missouri (1993)

Office Location

Parkville Campus, Findlay-Wakefield Science Hall (SC), Room 004

Office Hours

-MTWR-- 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

Jan. 16 - May 13

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM



Credit Hours



The World Economy: Geography, Business, Development (6th Edition)
By Frederick Stutz & Barney Warf
Pearson/Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780321722508

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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.
Topics also include: economic systems and concepts, and impact on groups, communities, and nations.

Educational Philosophy:

"Education must, then, be not only a transmission of culture but also a provider of alternative views of the world and a strengthener of the will to explore them." -- Jerome S. Bruner

"Education is the art of making [humans] ethical." -- Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
My educational philosophy is to encourage student engagement through the use of open "lecture" and discussion sessions. While the use of PowerPoint presentations will most often be used as a primary means of guiding the direction of each class period, you are strongly encouraged and expected to actively participate by raising questions, contributing your own personal knowledge or perspectives from previous learning experiences, commenting on related topics that were mentioned in the assigned textbook or any additional reading material, and constantly challenging your fellow classmates, as well as the instructor, to clarify any inconsistencies, overgeneralizations, or downright incorrect made in their comments and observations.  My goal, therefore, is to create a positive, interactive, challenging, engaging, lively, and even potentially confusing (believe it or not) classroom environment. But my success in doing so is largely dependent upon you. Your willingness to engage in all learning opportunities, think critically, ask questions, and share your knowledge and perspectives is ultimately what will make this a meaningful and successful course, not only for yourself, but for all of us.

This course is approved to fulfill one of your Social Science (SS) Liberal Education (LE) requirements for Park students. General/Liberal Education at Park University has been defined as, "education that develops an awareness of human potentials. It also develops proper attitudes for realizing such potentials through critical and informed judgments that foster concern for individual and social well-being. It develops a love for learning by encouraging activities that promote knowledge of the basic concepts, methodologies, and rewards of learning. It builds skills and competencies that help students acquire the distinctive outcomes defined in the university mission statement. These outcomes include open-mindedness, professionalism, and aesthetic, civic, critical, science, and values literacy." Therefore, this course is designed to fulfill these guidelines and to address many of the following questions, which are expected of all LE/GE courses:
  • Does the course identify basic vocabularies of its discipline?
  • Does the course present a historical perspective of its discipline?
  • Does the course present a diversity of concepts in its discipline?
  • Does the course promote critical thinking, computing, or communication skills?
  • Does the course clarify values of/in its discipline?
  • Does the course promote awareness of the scientific method and the impact of technology on its discipline?
  • Does the course promote civic awareness and responsibility?
  • Does the course promote understanding and appreciation of the arts?
  • Does the course promote individual expression or creativity?
  • Does the course include multicultural or global dimensions?
  • In addition, you should be aware that this course is required for Park's Elementary Education majors in order to prepare these pre-service teachers to be able to meet the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) MoSTEP Social Studies competencies #5 (Economic Concepts & Principles) and #6 (The Major Elements of Geographical Study and Analysis).  Specifically, these competencies state that the beginning (pre-service) elementary education teacher . . .
    5.1 understands economic systems and basic economic concepts (scarcity, opportunity cost, trade-offs, supply, demand, etc.)

    5.2 understands the difference between wants and needs, and can create opportunities for elementary learners to develop such an understanding

    5.3 understands the why and how one may compare personal economic experiences with those of others and consider the wider consequences of those decisions on groups, communities, the nation, and beyond

    5.4 understands the roles governments play in economic systems (production of public goods, taxation, regulations, etc.) and their impacts on economic systems

    6.1 understands geographic representations, tools, and resources (maps, atlases, aerial photographs, globes, etc.), their application and use

    6.2 understands locales, regions, nations, and the world relative to place, location, direction, size, and shape

    6.3 understands the interaction between physical geography and culture, history, politics, and economics

    6.4 understands the relationships between human systems and the environment and can use learners’ immediate personal experiences to have them reflect upon elements in their environment and how we use and think about the physical and built environment.

    6.5 recognizes and understands how individuals and groups are affected by events on a global scale, and can build on learners’ first-hand experiences and those presented to them through the media to help them to understand this interaction

    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:

    Discussions: You are always expected to attend and actively participate in every class session by asking questions, contributing personal experiences or observations, etc. On at least eight (8) unannounced occasions, you will receive grade credit on the basis of your participation in discussion-related learning activities. Usually this will require making a written summary of your thoughts and reactions to the material presented/discussed during the class session. Some discussion activities may require use of the eCompanion website outside of the regular class period. Discussion activities must be completed on the day they given and may not be made up unless you have provided appropriate documentation for an excused absence for the class session (such as participation in an approved university event). Each student will be allowed only ONE make-up opportunity for a missed discussion activity.

    Quizzes: Seven (7) quizzes will be given during the regular course of the semester. Each quiz will consist of approximately 15 multiple choice and/or true-false questions--some of which may be map-based questions. Quizzes will usually be completed online on the course eCompanion website ( and will be completed outside of the regularly scheduled class time. Unless otherwise announced in class, quizzes must be completed by Sunday night (no later than 11:59 PM, CST) of the week that it is assigned (see schedule below). Quizzes will be time-limited to 30 minutes.

    Assignments (Core Assessment): Four (4) homework assignments will be given during the course of the semester and will be due on the dates indicated in the course schedule (below). These assignments are primarily intended to reinforce student learning of the Core Learning Outcomes (CLOs).  Assignments #3 and #4 will be combined to serve as the Core Assessment for the course. Specific requirements and instructions for each assignment will be explained in class and made available in the course eCompanion website.
    Final Exam:  The Final Exam will consist of approximately 50 multiple choice and/or true-false questions and will be closed book/notes.  The Final Exam will consist primarily of questions that are comprehensive in nature.  The Final Exam MUST be taken during the assigned period (see schedule below), unless arrangments are made at least one week IN ADVANCE by the student.


    % OF GRADE
    Discussions (8 @ 2% each)
    Assignments [CA] (3 @ 7% each; 1 @ 13%)
    Quizzes (7 @ 5% each)
    Final Exam (1 @ 15%)
    The course grade is determined by weighting the number of points earned for each assessment based on the above percentages. Final grades will be based on the following percentage cutoffs:
    100-90% = A
    89.4-80% = B
    79.4-70% = C
    69.4-60% = D
    59.4-0%= F

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    All assessments (assignments, exams, etc.) are expected to be fully completed and submitted by the announced due date and time. Any work completed and/or submitted after the announced deadline may not be accepted for grading. The instructor reserves the right to determine whether or not late work will be accepted and how much of a grade reduction penalty is appropriate depending upon the rationale for the student's lateness and whether or not he/she appropriately notified the instructor in advance of the deadline (or as soon as reasonably possible in the event of an emergency/unforeseen circumstance) with any appropriate documentation that may be requested by the instructor for verification purposes. Typically a 10-20% grade reduction penalty may be assessed for late work that is submitted within 1-2 weeks of the announced deadline, and only half credit (i.e., a 50% grade reduction penalty) is allowed for assignments over 2 weeks late.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    Make class time your first priority. Arrive on time and do not leave early unless you have an emergency situation.

    Treat fellow students and the instructor with RESPECT. Disruptive or disrespectful behavior toward another student or the instructor will not be tolerated. (This includes holding off-topic conversations or using a computer for non-related course activity during class time.) The offending student(s) will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the period and will not be allowed to make up any assessments yet to be completed during the missed class time. Repeated occurrences of such behavior will be grounds for further administrative action as allowed by the Park University student code of conduct.

    Contribute to an atmosphere conducive to learning. Phones or other electronic devices must be either turned to the silent mode (vibrate only) or OFF in the classroom. If you do receive notice of an emergency call (other than during an exam), quietly leave the classroom. Talking on a phone during class is prohibited. During an exam, ALL phones and electronic devices must be turned OFF and put completely away. ANY use of such equipment during an exam will result in a ZERO for the assessment.

    All students will be held accountable for any material presented or discussed in class or through assigned readings. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain all materials and information missed during a class session, regardless of whether or not the absence is excused by the instructor. Failure on the part of the student to acquire missed information will not excuse the student from questions over that material on any assessment activity (quiz, exam, assignment, etc.).

    You will be expected to use the eCompanion website for the course
    : Some assignments/activities may be required to be completed online either during or outside of the regularly scheduled class time. Students are expected to notify the instructor in advance of the due date of any questions or concerns accessing or using this technology.

    You are expected to be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of any technological problems that may be encountered. Therefore, computer problems will NOT automatically be considered grounds for having late work excused. Be sure to save copies of your work OFTEN and in multiple locations for backup purposes.
    NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, plagiarize. Always respect the university's policies on academic honesty and freedom.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    (The Instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.)

    1 Ch. 1: Introduction to Economic Geography
    2 Ch. 2: Historical Development of Capitalism Quiz #1
    3 Ch. 3: Population Assignment #1 due
    Ch. 4: Resources & Environment
    Quiz #2
    5 Ch. 5: Theoretical Considerations
    6 Ch. 6: Agriculture Quiz #3
    7 Ch. 7: Manufacturing Assignment #2 due
    8 Ch. 8: Services Quiz #4
    9 No classes (SPRING BREAK)
    10 Ch. 9: Transportation & Communications
    Ch. 10: Cities & Urban Economies
    Quiz #5
    Ch. 11: Consumption
    Assignment #3 due
    13 Ch. 12: International Trade & Investment Quiz #6
    Ch. 13: International Trade Patterns
    Ch. 14: Development & Underdevelopment
    Quiz #7
    16 Review Assignment #4 due
    17 (Finals) Final Exam period = Wed., May 9, 8:00-10:00 AM 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93
    Students may receive a zero (no credit) for any assignment that has violated the Academic Honesty and Plagiarism policies in any way.  In addition, the student may be reported to the Dean for any additional disciplinary action that is deemed appropriate by the university.

    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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

    Attendance Policy:
    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.

    Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

    Disability Guidelines:
    Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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