University of Washington
Geography 350: Fall 2002
Local Economies and Market Areas
GŁnter Krumme, Professor
Class: TTh, 4:30-6:50, Smith 415 C (Collaboratory)
E-mail can also be used to ask questions at any time during the week
and on weekends.
Tel.: 206-543-9089 (no voice mail; leave messages per Email);
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Are you planning on entering the "Real World" as an economic or urban
geographer, consultant, marketing specialist, transportation
entrepreneur, urban-GIS analyst, researcher for a non-profit organization,
or are you simply unsure and only know that you are interested in local
economic matters? Consider this:
Geography 350 is an Economic Geography course with a local and regional
flair. It covers concepts, analytical tools and information resources for
the description and evaluation of economic and business patterns, changes
and issues at regional and community levels. Monitor the impacts of
Seattle's traffic problems,
the light-rail plans or Microsoft's Redmond activities! Why is Redmond
booming and Bremerton stagnating? Does the WTO affect our state beyond the
recent Battle of Seattle? Observe the changing role of Boeing in
the Puget Sound economy. Investigate Seattle's role as the seedbed of
E-commerce entrepreneurship and one of the centers of dot.com collapses.
Use the chance to assess your own career
opportunities, for example in anyone of the many Internet or GIS-related
Geography 350 is a highly conceptual and analytical course; it is
structured on the
basis of the instructor's belief that
you have a better chance of taking something worthwhile away from this
class if you take charge and assume a substantial degree of responsibility
for your own learning. Join us for an active, hands-on learning
experience in the "Collaboratory"!
Learning Objectives and Expected
Prerequisites and Requirements
expected that you have widely differing prior professional experiences or
academic backgrounds. Thus, there are no set prerequisites for this class.
However, you need to discuss your particular background with me a.s.a.p.
so that we can identify your 350-specific strengths and possible gaps and
design an appropriate overall program and initial readings. Students
without a recent introductory economic geography background have to expect
some catch-up readings early in the quarter. It is highly recommended to
sign up for an appropriate Library &/or Computer User Education
Class (depending on prior experience & skills) during the first two or
three weeks of the quarter.
Otherwise: An interest in the subject matter and a willingness to
participate and touch a mouse are positively required. Check out your
instructor at http://faculty.washington.edu/krumme/ and/or
send him an Email with your questions as a way to introduce yourself
before or after the quarter starts.
Attendance Policy: Be There!
There is the presumption that you are and remain
interested in the class content throughout the quarter and
and for the full time period. Every class meeting counts for 5%
(quarter) class time. If you know in advance
that you will have to miss a class during the quarter, I want to know about it
during the first week!
Your evaluation will be based on
More on Evaluation &
- Class & Content: Your mastery of materials
covered in class and the required readings, as demonstrated through
in-class examinations (including unannounced quizzes) and other written
work and oral participation in class.
- "Exercises - Assignments" (in-class &
as home-work; some of them are part of your own "class focus").
The assignments will be listed on the
Among the assignments is at least one which will accompany us throughout
the quarter. This evaluation also includes
your corrections of tests and assignments and your responses to my
feedback and suggestions.
Since the understanding
of subsequent materials depends on earlier assignments, all due dates have to
be observed to receive full credit. Exercises with excused
delays will receive partial credit for one week after due date. They will
remain required after that if you wish to avoid further deductions.
It is expected that you ask for help prior to due dates. Missing classes
on due dates is NOT a solution.
All assignments need to be typewritten (word-processing or HTML) and have
a "professional" appearance that includes explicit titles and subheadings.
All sources used for assignments need to be
referenced in the text and fully documented in a bibliography. They
should/could also be part of your "Resource Page".
Geography 350 Books on Reserve in OUGL
A number of books are placed on
Reserve in the Undergraduate
Library (OUGL) for your reference and convenience. [However, please be
aware of the huge fines charged for overdue books!]
General resource materials for this class can also
be inspected here!
Required Access to Readings:
Hoover, Edgar M. and Frank Giarratani,
An Introduction to Regional Economics [Full online text of 3rd, 1985
edition of the classic!]
Schaffer, William A.,
Regional Impact Models , A WebBook,
1999, Regional Research Institute, WVU.
[author is professor at Georgia Institute of Technology School of
Ready access to one of the texts used in Geog.207 is desirable, for
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