2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog 
    Jan 23, 2022  
2021-2022 Pierce College Catalog
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GEOG 207 Economic Geography (5 credits)

Distribution Area Fulfilled Social Sciences; General Transfer Elective
Course Description
The changing locations and spatial patterns of economic activity, including: production in agriculture, manufacturing, and services; spatial economic principles of trade, transportation, communications, and corporate organization; regional economic development, and the diffusion of technological innovation. Topics include international trade, colonialism, industrial capitalism, advanced capitalism, and the globalization of labor markets.

Student Outcomes
1.Recognize the need for sharply defined concepts and concisely articulated conceptualizations in the pursuits of topics and issues in the social sciences, in general, and economic geography
2.Account for different ways in which time is an important dependent or independent variable in economic-geographic analyses and be able to articulate instances where time and space interact and constrain each other.
3.Recognizes different kinds and levels of “complexities” in a regional economy and in the spatial facets of the economic composition of, and interdependencies within such an economy.
4.Describe the effects of geographic scale on spatial processes: Is able to provide examples for principles and dynamic processes which apply (with or without modifications) at different geographic levels.
5.Articulate some of the relationships between an economic actor and her/his decision environment which may be relatively simple or complex, certain or uncertain, local or global, placid or turbulent..
6.Appreciate the diversity and complexity of the economies of cities and has some understanding of the way in which general principles of economic geography can be applied to urban economies, their functions and spatial structure.
7.Recognize the importance of (access to) information sources and the need to evaluate critically the quality and reliability of such sources in light of the research question(s), the costs (including limitations) and benefits of that information and the information from alternative sources and (last not least) the possible availability of alternative conceptual frameworks and analytical methods with different information needs.
8.Express how society and its economic actors organize themselves in space, how spatial, economic, institutional and other variables interact in the evolution of such organizational structures, and how organizational configurations in space have, in turn important implications for the economic and social well-being of affected groups and societies.
9.Describe the relationships between technological change (including change in information technologies) and regional economic development.
10.Characterize the complexity of economic development processes anywhere in the world, the difficulty of describing such processes and the impossibility of ever reaching a total agreement on how to explain such processes satisfactorily and fully.

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