Geography 207 Economic Geography

Autumn 2014

Instructor: William B. Beyers, Professor of Geography, Emeritus, 406A Smith Hall

Telephone: 543-5871 E-mail:


Office Hours: MWF 9:30-10:20AM or by appointment

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.

Syllabus & Links to Lecture Notes

Text: The World Economy by Frederick P. Stutz and Barney Warf. Sixth Edition..

Teaching Assistant: Philip Neel, Office Hours: TBD, Office: Smith 417

E-mail for Philip Neel:

Tentative Schedule of Lectures & Discussion Sections



W Sept 24

Introduction, Overview, Chapter 1 Economic Geography: An Introduction Intro207_Au2014.ppt vonHumboldt.ppt

Th Sept. 25

Discussion Sections

Fri Sept. 26

Chapter 1 Economic Geography: An Introduction, continued



M Sept. 29

Chapter 2. Historical Development of Capitalism

W Oct 1

Chapter 3 Population

Th. Oct 2

Discussion Sections

F Oct 3

Chapter 3 continued, Population



M Oct 6

Chapter 4 Resources and the Environment

W Oct 8

Chapter 4 continued, Resources and the Environment

Th Oct. 9

Discussion Sections

Fri. Oct 10

Exercise I County Economic Profile: Distributed and Discussed in class



M. Oct 13

Chapter 5 Theoretical Considerations

W Oct 15

Chapter 5 Theoretical Considerations continued

Th Oct 16

Discussion Sections

Fri Oct 17

Chapter 5, continued



Mon Oct 20

Exam I Chapters 1-5, to page 137

Wed Oct 22

Chapter 5 continued

Th. Oct 23

Discussion Sections

Fri. Oct 24

Chapter 6 Agriculture Exercise I due



Mon Oct 27

Chapter 10 Cities and Urban Economies

Wed Oct 29

Chapter 10 Cities and Urban Economies continued

Thurs Oct. 30

Discussion Sections

Friday Oct. 31

Chapter 10, economic base & input-output models



Monday Nov 3

Exercise II: Impact Analysis Distributed and discussed in class

Wed Nov 5

Chapter 10, continued

Thursday Nov 6

Discussion Sections

Friday Nov 7

Ch 7 Manufacturing



Monday Nov 10

Ch 7 Manufacturing, continued

Wednesday Nov. 12

Ch 7 Manufacturing continued

Thursday Nov 13

Discussion Sections

Friday Nov. 14

Exam II, Chapter 5 (p. 137 onwards) Ch 6, 10



Monday Nov.17

Exercise II Due; Exercise III Distributed, Retail Location Exercise

Wednesday Nov 19

Ch 8 Services

Thurs Nov 20

Discussion Sections

Friday Nov 21

Ch 8, continued, Ch 9 Transportation and Communication



Monday Nov 24

Chapter 9, Transportation and Communication

Wed Nov. 26

Ch 11 Consumption

Thursday Nov 27

Thanksgiving Holiday

Friday Nov. 28

Thanksgiving Holiday



Monday Dec 1

Ch 12 International Trade and Investment, continued, Ch 13 International Trade Patterns Exercise III Due

Wed Dec 3

Ch 14 Development and Underdevelopment in the Developing World

Thursday Dec 4

Discussion Sections

Friday Dec 5

Ch 14, continued. Development and Underdevelopment in the Developing World


There will be three research assignments over the course of the quarter, requiring the preparation of short papers reporting results of these assignments.

The grade for the course will be based on the examinations, the research assignments, and participation in the discussion sections.

Likely Distribution of Points

Exam I and Exam II - 100 points each

Final Exam 150 points

Research Exercises 35 points each

Final Examination: Tuesday Dec. 10 8:30AM-10:20AM