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GGH 140 Economic Geography
Faith, Karen S.


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Course

GGH 140 Economic Geography

Semester

F2T 2012 DL

Faculty

Faith, Karen S.

Title

Adjunct Faculty, Geography

Degrees/Certificates

Bachelor of Science, Business Administration--University of Arizona
Master of Arts, Geography--Arizona State University

Office Location

Phoenix, AZ

Office Hours

M-F, 8-5 Arizona time

E-Mail

karen.faith@park.edu

Semester Dates

October 22, 2012 to December 16, 2012

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

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

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Course Description:
GGH140 Economic Geography : 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.
 
This course is designed to help Elementary Education majors to fulfill the Missouri DESE pre-service competency standards for economics and geography.

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor'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, discussions 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:

Weekly Assignments

Critical thinking assignments will be due each week. Please follow the instructions and submit the assignment to the dropbox each week.

Weekly Discussions
Each week there will be a discussion thread for students to examine and discuss critical issues relevant to the week's readings.

Quizzes:

There are three (3) quizzes, each worth 10 points. These will take place at the end of the 2nd, 4th and 6th week. 

Research Paper:

There will be a research assignment which must be completed and submitted by the end of week seven. 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.

Grading:

Grading:

Assignments

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 Discussion

5 pts each

40 total pts

total


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:

Week 1

  1. Read intro to Economic Geography lecture
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 1
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to identify the fundamental principals of Geography (including the five themes of geography, maps, and the states and the economy).
  2. Students will be able to identify the basic processes of the world economy (including supply, demand, scarcity and comparative advantage).
  3. Students will be able to identify and differentiate between the major economic theories and economic systems.

Week2

  1. Read Economic Sectors lecture
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 6
    • Chapter 7
    • Chapter 8
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article
  5. Take Quiz #1

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the role technology plays in the transition between major economic sectors
  2. Students will be able to describe the differences between commercial and sustenance farming and their affects on the land and human population.
  3. Students will be able to describe the difference between fordism and flexible production as well as the economic affects of de-industrialization.
  4. Students will be able to identify the basic areas of the service sector and describe how it allows for economic diversification.

Week 3

  1. Read Uneven Development lecture
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 2
    • Chapter 14
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describer the differences between the core and the periphery and identify the spatial patterns that describe both economic spheres.
  2. Students will be able to describe the social problems associated with peripheral nations and why they are vulnerable to them
  3. Students will be able to describe the connection between historic colonialism and uneven development.

Week 4

  1. Read Migration and Informal Sector lectures
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 3, Pgs 84-103 (start @ Migration. Stop @ Summary).
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article
  5. Deadline for submitting research paper topic
  6. Take Quiz #2

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the basic migration theories as well as common push and pull factors and the social dynamics of migration.
  2. Students will be familiar with the guest worker program concept as well as the importance of remittances.
  3. Students will be able to describe the importance of the informal sector in the developing world, the kinds of jobs associated with the informal sector and the social/political conditions that feed it.
  4. Students will be able to describe the relationship between crime and the informal sector.

Week 5

  1. Read Globalization and regionalism lecture
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 13
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the pros and cons of supranationalism and the various reasons supranational organizations are formed.
  2. Students will be able to identify the worlds major supranational organizations.
  3. Students will be able to describe the relationship between the economy and geographic regions.

Week 6

  1. Read Population lecture part 1
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 3, Pgs 59-84 (Stop @ Migration)
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article
  5. Take Quiz #3

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the fundamental elements of populations dynamics such as population structure, multipliers, brain drain and the relationship between population growth and the economy.
  2. Students will be able to differentiate between Malthusian theory and the demographic transition model.
  3. Students will be able to describe the relationship between population, location and the economy (central place theory, Von Thunen and the importance of transportation).
  4. Students will be able to describe urban hierarchy and identify world cities.

Week 7

  1. Read Population lecture part 2
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 10
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article
  5. Research paper Due by end of week

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to identify the influence of colonialism in urban formation
  2. Students will be able to describe characteristics of urbanization in less developed countries.
  3. Students will be able to identify and describe city shaping processes (transportation change, concentric, sector and multi-nuclei models).
  4. Students will be able to differentiate between Basic and Non-Basic work.
  5. Students will be able to describe the issues associated with urban sprawl and the process of annexation.

Week 8

  1. Read Global economy and the environment lecture
  2. Reading Assignment
    • Chapter 4, 11
  3. Answer assignment questions
  4. Weekly article
  5. Post Ecofoot quiz and answer ecofoot discussion questions.
  6. Final Exam

Objectives

  1. Students will be able to describe the concept of natural resources as a commodity and the supply and demand of natural resources
  2. Students will be able to describe the township and range land survey system as well as the affects it has had on the physical landscape.
  3. Students will be able to identify the relationship between consumption (consumer choices) and human-environment impact.
  4. Students will be able to identify the major areas of alternative energy and describe green-building.
  5. Students will be able to identify the basic elements of pipeline geography.

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Plagiarism:
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 95

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.
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Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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