GGH140 Economic Geography

for S2T 2013

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


S2T 2013 DL


Faith, Karen S.


Adjunct Faculty, Geography


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

Office Location

Phoenix, AZ

Office Hours

M-F, 9 am to 5 pm, Arizona time


Semester Dates

March 18, 2013 - May 12, 2013

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours



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:

Discussion Forums:
Every week there will be a discussion thread for students to post comments relevant to topics in Economic Geography.

Learning Activities:
Learning activities will provide the student the opportunity to explore various resources, concepts and systems relative to Economic Geography. Students will be asked to exercise critical thinking skills in analyzing relationships and interactions in the world economic system.

Quizzes will allow the student and instructor to assess knowledge of the weekly lessons. The quizzes will be a combination of multiple choice and essay questions.

Core Assessment: Research Paper
The research paper allows students to practice critical thinking skills and display knowledge of topics in Economic Geography. Full instructions and details about the research paper are posted on the class site.

Final Exam:
The Final exam will be cumulative. Students must arrange with a testing center or proctor to take the exam.



Discussion Forums (100 points each)

Weeks 1-8



Learning Activities/Assignments (100 points each)

Weeks 1-6



Quizzes (50 points each)

Weeks 1-7



Research Project/Core Assessment (100 points)

Week 8



Final Exam (100 points)

Week 8



Final Course Grading Scale:

1125 points to 1250 points = A = 100% - 90%
1000 points to 1124 points = B = 89% - 80%
875 points to 999 points = C = 79% - 70%
750 points to 874 points = D = 69% - 60%
0 points to 749 points = F = 59% - 0%

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:





Ch. 1 – Economic Geography: An Introduction
Ch. 2 – The Historical Development of Capitalism

Discussion, Learning Activity, Quiz


Ch. 3 – Population

Discussion, Learning Activity, Quiz


Ch. 4 – Resources and the Environment
Ch. 5 – Theoretical Considerations

Discussion, Learning Activity, Quiz


Ch. 6 – Agriculture
Ch. 7 – Manufacturing
Ch. 8 – Services

Discussion, Learning Activity, Quiz


Ch. 9 – Transportation and Communications
Ch. 10 – Cities and Urban Economies
Ch. 11 – Consumption

Discussion, Learning Activity, Quiz


Ch. 12 – International Trade and Investment
Ch. 13 – International Trade Patterns

Discussion, Learning Activity, Quiz


Ch. 14 – Development and Underdevelopment in the Developing World

Discussion, Quiz


Review; Research Project due on Thursday; Complete Final Exam with an approved proctor by the end of the week.

Discussion, Research Project, 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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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  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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