GGH140 Economic Geography

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GGH 140 Economic Geography


SP 2013 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

M/W 12:00-1:30, T/R 9:00-11:30, or by appointment

Daytime Phone



Web Page

Semester Dates

January 14 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 AM



Credit Hours



By Frederick Stutz & Barney Warf
Pearson/Prentice Hall
ISBN: 9780321722508

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

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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 a variety of learning opportunities, including (but not limited to): assigned readings, lectures, discussions, internet resources, videos, writings, student presentations, group activities, field work, mapping activities, Socratic seminars, instant/interactive response systems, homework assignments, unannounced quizzes, and scheduled examinations.  My goal 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 successful and meaningful course. 

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:

Discussion/Learning Activities: You are always expected to attend and actively participate in every class session by asking questions, contributing personal experiences or observations, etc.  During most class sessions, a variety of unannounced discussions and learning activities (e.g., discussions will be done IN-CLASS.  Usually these will involve the use of clicker devices (provided by the instructor), but they may also require the use of an internet-based response system (available for laptops and mobile devices) or written responses.  In addition, a few of these activities may require students to complete some work in the course eCompanion website ( outside of the scheduled class period.  These 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.
Assignments: Three (3) homework assignments will be given during the course.  These assignments are primarily intended to reinforce student learning of one or more of the Core Learning Outcomes and other specified course objectives.  Specific requirements and instructions for each assignment will be made available to students in the course eCompanion website and discussed in class during the semester.  The assignments will be due in the eCompanion Dropbox on the Friday of the week indicated in the course schedule (see below), unless otherwise announced during class.
Exams: Two (2) exams will be given during the regular course of the semester.  Each exam will consist primarily of multiple choice, true-false, and map-based questions, and may also include a few short answer/essay questions.  These exams will be completed outside of the regularly scheduled class time using the course eCompanion website (, and therefore, will be open book/note.  However, these exams will be time-limited and may only be completed once, so students must be prepared before taking them.  Unless otherwise announced in class, the exams must be completed by Sunday night (no later than 11:59 PM, CST) at the end of the week that it is listed on the course schedule (below).

Core Assessment Project: A project investigating the geography of a particular aspect of the economy will serve as the Core Assessment for this course.  Specific requirements and instructions for this project will be explained in class and made available in the course eCompanion website.  The project will be due by the date indicated in the course schedule (below). 
Final Exam:  The Final Exam will consist a similar mix of questions as the regular exams, however, it will be closed book/notes.  In addition, the Final Exam will consist of some questions that are comprehensive in nature.  The Final Exam MUST be taken during the assigned final exam period (see schedule below), unless arrangments are made with the instructor at least one week IN ADVANCE.


Discussion/Learning Activities
Assignments (3 @ 8% each)
Exams (2 @ 12% each)
Core Assessment Project
Final Exam 


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
89.9-80% = B
79.9-70% = C
69.9-60% = D
59.9-0%= 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) will be allowed for any 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
3 Ch. 3: Population Assignment #1 due
Ch. 4: Resources & Environment
5 Ch. 5: Theoretical Considerations
6 Ch. 6: Agriculture Exam #1
7 Ch. 7: Manufacturing
8 Ch. 8: Services Assignment #2 due
No classes (SPRING BREAK)
Type text here
10 Ch. 9: Transportation & Communications
Ch. 10: Cities & Urban Economies
Ch. 11: Consumption
Exam #2
13 Ch. 12: International Trade & Investment
Ch. 13: International Trade Patterns
Assignment #3 due
Ch. 14: Development & Underdevelopment
16 Review Core Assessment due
17 (Finals) Final Exam period = Wed., May 8, 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 95-96
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 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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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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