Catalog 2021-2022

GEO 207 Economic Geography

Why are some areas wealthy and some areas poor? Why do particular kinds of economic activities cluster in regions like Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and China’s Pearl River Delta? How do landscape, politics, and culture shape economic fortunes? There are spatial-geographic dimensions to all global economic activities: resource extraction, production, work, logistics, consumption, finance, debt, technological innovation, migration, and social reproduction. Considering geographic scales from the household division of labor up through global commodity chains, we'll explore the historical development, current dilemmas, and future directions of the world economy— with an eye towards crucial questions of growth, sustainability, and justice.




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