University of Washington
Geography 498:  Undergraduate Seminar in Economic Geography and Regional Science
Defining and maintaining regional economies in a globalized world

Given the fall of trade barriers, improvements in transportation and information transfer, and the rise of truly global production networks, how can a local region develop and hang onto a thriving economy?

What keeps the world from being truly "flat," where capital, innovation, and production flow to the highest bidder, and employment can flow to the lowest bidder?

How and where will you find meaningful and remunerative employment?

These are the questions that motivate this course.  However, we will not sit around, moan, and speculate.  We will read, analyze, and discuss what geographers, planners, and economists have written about these issues.  Individual students will develop a grounded understanding of the terms and tools now used to develop local economic advantage, and will develop a research plan to investigate what works!

Join us, Spring Quarter, for an enlightening and engaging look at local economic development in the 21st century.


copyright James W. Harrington, Jr.
revised 26 March 2008