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