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Geography 450: First Week Supplement

Caution! Syllabus and handouts do NOT claim to present sufficient readings on any particular subject for your particular needs, especially at the beginning of the class. Class composition in Geog. 450 is traditionally diverse in terms of backgrounds and interests. Thus, you are encouraged to (let me help you) find the readings which suit you. Since you are allocating considerable $$ & time to this class, you should also be interested in assembling a wide range of literature supporting your interests in this field, whether or not you can read it all during this (much too short) quarter. Thus, you should also plan for the "life after Geog 450", as we cannot reach the ultimate depth & breadth in ten weeks.

Students with an inadequate introductory background in theoretical economic geography or who need to review Geog.207 materials are urged to concentrate initially on texts which are used in that class and on establishing a vocabulary associated with basic Geography 207 concepts. The initial emphasis should be on identifying variables which might help explain location patterns of different social and economic activities and the use of micro-economic theory in spatial analysis.

NOTEBOOK: Your 'portfolio', 'course journal' or 'notebook' which past 450- students found very beneficial may include rewritten and enhanced class notes and other class related materials & expositions. Maintaining a high-quality, concurrent "journal" is a viable way to achieve, and account for, your comprehension of location concepts. Your writing assignments also should become part of your journal. You are also encouraged to pursue your own more specialized location-theoretical interests and to reserve some space in your Notebook for related ideas, notes and literature excerpts.

See also: What is Needed to do Well in This Class


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