CLASS OUTLINE: Geography 350


Detailed "Agendas"; [Plans & Resources for class meetings] will be updated by the beginning of each week; all required readings and other assignments will be announced at least one week before due date.

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Required and optional readings as well as other class resources will be announced in this class outline. Readings which are distributed in class or made available for xeroxing are automatically required. Readings and their designations may change during the quarter (i.e. be adjusted to new circumstances, class needs and/ or your background and interests. Such changes will be announced in class. Should you need to miss a class you will be responsible for monitoring such changes).

More important is that you gain an understanding of the concepts and tools covered or referred to in class. The various books available on OUGL Reserve and/or online have overlapping coverage of class materials. This redundancy is deemed desirable for purposes of providing "second opinions" and gaining a deeper understanding. Readings for the week should be read by Tuesday of the week and then selectively reread and incorporated into class-notes after class meetings.

Week 1: Introduction

Readings/Viewing for Thursday: Pick one of the following 5 items and be prepared to contribute to some related class discussion:

  1. Sommers, Paul (Senior Research Fellow), and Daniel Carlson, (Senior Lecturer at Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington in Seattle) Ten Steps to a High Tech Future: The New Economy in Metropolitan Seattle Brookings Institution, Report, December 2000
    ...seeks to understand the location pattern of high tech firms in the Seattle region... what factors influence their location decisions within the region... describes ten steps that city officials interested in facilitating the development of a high technology presence can take...
  2. Florida, Richard (Carnegie-Mellon University): Video 1 [Greater Phoenix] or:
  3. Video 2 [Boise]
  4. Technology & Tolerance: The Importance of Diversity to High-Technology Growth [Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy]
  5. The Rise of the Creative Class [The Washington Monthly Online - May 2002]

Week 2: Why do Some Regions Grow Faster or Develop Differently than Others? Information for Regional Economic Analysis; From data to knowledge und understanding in the analysis of local economies and market areas.

Pre-Class Readings:

Optional Resources:

Week 3: People in Regions: Demographic (Cohort) Analyses

Weekly Exercise (Population Pyramid) [Due: Thursday]
Pre-Class Readings:

Week 4: Structure and Structural Change: Transformation of Work, Jobs, Employment, and Careers. [Use of Location Quotients and Shift and Share Analysis];

Pre-Class Readings & Resources:

Week 5: Regions as Open Systems: Local Economies and Globalized Systems of Division of Labor: Information Flow Accounts (?) || Balance of Payments || Economic Base || Multipliers || A Local Economic Model

Pre-Class Readings & Resources:

Week 6: Spatial Demand Structure and the Geography of Multiplier Processes

Pre-Class Readings:

Optional Resources:

Week 7: Analyses of Spatial Transactions: Networks

Pre-Class Readings & Resources:
  • 207-Review: Stutz, The World Economy, pp.173-180
  • Taaffe & Gauthier, Geography of Transportation
Network Analysis1973 Edition1996 Edition
Basic Network Attributes & Measures pp.100-106Ch.9
Connectivity Matrix Calculations pp.116-26 Ch.13

Week 8: Input Output: Introduction: Milltown, Holukuluku & Washington State

Pre-Class Readings & Resources:
  • Input-Output Resources

  • Week 9: Input-Output Multipliers, Applications, Stability of Coefficients and Structural Changes.

    Pre-Class Readings & Resources:

    Week 10: Returning to our basic frameworks; Alternative Perspectives; The class model; 350-Members report on their "focal areas; Quo Vadis?

    Pre-Class Readings & Resources:
    • Edward Malecki, Technology & Economic Development, 2nd ed, 1997 (On Reserve) pp.1-35 [Second reading] ["The Traditional Competitiveness of the Regional Economy"] AND another section from Malecki (your choice!) which, in your judgement, is better able to connect your topical area to the content of the second part of the class. Please identify that reading as such in your Resource Page and be able to comment on it in class!

    Week 11: Last Day of Class

    Please forward your comments, suggestions and questions related to Geography 350
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