One meeting weekly: 2:30 – 5:20
p.m. Wednesdays, Smith 407.
Professor James W. Harrington;
416C Smith Hall; 206-616-3821; available for the hour
before and the hour after class, and by appointment.
1. Geography 207
(Economic Geography) or Geography 208 (Geography of the World Economy)
2. Geography 315
(Explanation and Understanding in Geography) or an analogous course in
the discipline of a student majoring in something other than Geography
PRE- OR CO-REQUISITES
1. Geography 326
(Quantitative Methods in Geography) and
2. Geography 425
(Qualitative Methodology in Geography) or
courses in other departments
conversant with major themes and frameworks of economic geography and
differing routes through which academic insights can be applied
empirically and practically.
3. Apply a
major question of
economic geography or regional science to an empirical research issue
of immediate or long-term utility.
and begin to overcome the challenges of designing and implementing
STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE
For six weeks, we'll read overviews
of particular themes in economic geography or regional science, will
write brief papers on these themes, and will discuss these in small
groups in class.
For five weeks, students will
individually prepare research questions, proposals, findings, and
assessments, gaining insights from the instructor, a reference
librarian, (optionally a professional connection in economic, urban, or
regional planning), and each other.
• Quality of weekly
papers (5 @ 5 points each: provide the major points of, and at least
one question you have about, each reading) and small-group discussion
(6 @ 2 points
each): ability to interpret, synthesize, and compare authors’
approaches, intentions, and contributions. (The comparison will
be a key purpose of the in-class discussions).
• Ability to draw
key themes from the assigned reading, by writing essays in class (20
• Ability to
conceive a research question (10 points), devise an adequate research
design (detailed plan for operationalizing the question, obtaining
sufficient data, and making use of the data) (15 points),
and write a cohesive proposal (10 points).
individual assessment of how (s)he would like to make use of economic
geographic or regional science insights, questions, or tools in the
future (5 points).
• Student’s ability
to assess own learning (3 points).
below refers to Remaking the Global
Economic-Geographical Perspectives, edited by Jamie Peck and
Henry Yeung (London: Sage Publications, 2003). Copies of this
book and the Garmise and Clarke & Gaile books are available at the University
Bookstore. The Garmise and Clarke & Gaile books are also
at Odegaard Library. All journal articles are
available as e-journals
through the UW Libraries.
Week One: read
- Hudson, R. 2007.
Regions and regional uneven development forever? Some reflective
comments upon theory and practice. Regional Studies 41(9):
- RGE, Preface.
- Yeung, H. and Peck, J.
2003. Making global connections: a geographer’s
perspective. In RGE.
- Boyce, D. 2003. A short
history of the field of regional science. In Papers in Regional Science 83(1):
- Fujita, M. and Krugman,
P. 2004. The new economic geography: past, present ,and the
future” in Papers in Regional
Science 83(1): 139-164.
- Barnes, T. 2003.
“What’s Wrong with American Regional Science? A View from Science
Studies” by Trevor Barnes, in Canadian
Journal of Regional Science 26(1): 3-26, and three brief
rejoinders in the same issue.
- Markusen, A. 1996.
Sticky places in slippery space: a typology of industrial
districts. Economic Geography 72(3):
- Scott, A. J. and Storper,
M. 2003. Regions, globalization, development, Regional Studies 37: 579–593.
- Glasmeier, A. and Conroy,
M. 2003. Globalization: Faustian bargain, development
saviour or more of the same? The case of the developing world and the
emerging international trade regime. In RGE.
- Porter, M.E. 2000.
Location, competition, and economic development: local clusters in a
global economy. Economic
Development Quarterly 14(1): 15-34.
- Porter, M. E. 2003.
The economic performance of regions, Regional
Studies 37: 549–578.
- Malmberg, A. 2003.
cluster: local milieus and global connections. In RGE.
- Morgan, K. 1997.
region: institutions, innovation and regional renewal. Regional Studies 31, 491- 503.
- Dicken, P. 2003.
firms: grounding the debate on the ‘global’ corporation. In RGE.
- Amin, A. 2003.
corporate learning. In RGE.
- Coe, N., Kelly, P., and Olds,
K. 2003. Globalization, transnationalism, and the
Asia-Pacific. In RGE.
Read for Week Seven (alternate
students read alternate books)
- Shari Garmise, S.
2006. People and the
Competitive Advantage of Place: Building a Workforce for the 21st
Century. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.
- Clarke, S. & Gaile,
G. 1998. The Work of
Cities. Minneapolis: U. Minnesota Press.
question (with background and justification) due
for Week Eight
- Markusen, A. 1999.
Fuzzy concepts, scanty evidence, policy distance: the case for rigour
and policy relevance in critical regional studies. Regional Studies 33(9): 869-874.
- McCann, P. 2007.
Observational equivalence? Regional studies and regional science.
Regional Studies 41(9):
First draft of research design
Second draft of
essays: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. Wednesday 11 June, Smith 409
proposal due by 5:00 p.m. Wednesday 11 June
During the middle third of the
quarter, students will refer to relevant methodological guides from
Geography 315, 326, and/or 425.
James W. Harrington, Jr.
revised 30 April 2008