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The presentation of the syllabus on this Internet "Home Page", particularly the interconnected, "hypertextual" nature of its organization, may convey the impression of an excessively demanding and complex class. Once you get the "hang" of clicking your way from place to place, you will appreciate the quantity and detail of information about this class and its content and the simplicity of its logistics.
This Internet presentation comes to you courtesy of a large amount of your instructor's "spare time". Please accept the challenge of this new communications medium, its still experimental use in this class, and the fact that electronic transactions and telecommunications services are part of our concern in Economic & Business Geography; try to understand the benefits and drawbacks of this educational technology, make suggestions for its improved use and, as an up-and-coming economic geographer, experiment yourself with the substitution of physical and virtual forms of spatial interaction. Most of all: Enjoy! :-)
Brief Course Description:
Geography 450 surveys many of the location and spatial concepts which have become the theoretical foundation of much of the work in Social, Human and Economic Geography. We will derive basic micro-economic, decision-theoretical, managerial, and organizational-theoretical principles underlying consumer, commercial, industrial and governmental behavior in physical, economic, transportation and communication (including cyber-) space. We will discuss these principles in the context of past, contemporary and foreward-looking conceptual frameworks.
This theoretical discussion will draw upon "real world" examples from a wide variety of specific spatial choice situations, including choices related to residence, recreation, employment, migration, communications (education, advertising, location on the Internet), shopping, marketing, health care, and industrial investments. The discussion will cover (potentially) all spatially-significant activities in the private, corporate and public sectors, including spatial behaviors affected by government regulations, i.e. spatial behaviors in uncertain, complex and ambiguous environments at local, national and international levels. Some background or a strong interest in microeconomics (Econ 200/300) or economic geography (Geography 207) is highly desirable.
Major Course Objectives and Expected Outcomes
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