(Geography 350, April 22, 1999)
PART I: (15 pts/min)
Select 5 (five) from the following 8 items (3 points each).
First, please define and/or identify the term's
conceptual meaning. If appropriate, you may also want to suggest briefly
why this concept may be relevant or how it may be used in the context of
this class. Please write legibly!
(1) What exactly is the "Total Fertility Rate" (TFR)?
(2) How, in general, would the "land-intensity" of an activity affect its
(3) What are "economies of agglomeration"?
(4) What are the "terms of trade" of a region?
(5) How does the "Engel's Law" relate to employment shifts between
(6) What is a "Boolean operator"?
(7) Define two of the following three types of
metropolitan regions: MSAs, CMSAs, and PMSAs.
(8) What do you know about "Regional Science"?
PART II (15 points/ minutes)
Select one of the following two topics for a brief and concise
statement (15 minutes):
- There are many different types of models which have helped social
scientists to control the complexity of real world phenomena,
interdependencies and processes. What insights have you gained from your
reading of Stokey & Zeckhauser's (A Primer for Policy Analysis) chapter 2
on "Models" and our frequent class discussions of
"structure", as to how we might want to go about dealing with the
complexity of our particular slice of the "real world"?
Just in case you feel that you have understood our class framework, you
also have the option to comment on how our framework (with or without
links to your area of interest) tries to address the complexity
How to write 15-Minutes
- You have read
Ronald Lee's paper on The History of
Demography in the U.S.. What have you learned as to how some of the
particular conceptual differentiations which
demographers are suggesting to other social scientists might help
your understanding of those parts of your interests which you
intend to link to our class?
Take-Home Part of this Midterm: Please complete or (if
needed) revise all assignments which have become due at this point:
- An introduction to your interests and the review of a piece of the
literature which has helped you to get into your present "field of
interests and evolving competence". One important measure of the success
assignments is how well they communicate your class interests to your
peers (and to me).
- The Location Quotient with an interpretation which highlights its
relationship to and significance for your area of interests.
- The intra-class linkage analysis (using the "Collaboration Matrix").