GEOG 461 is a course in which the spatial patterns, processes, and developmental
aspects of production are addressed. Concepts, models, and current opinions related
to the geography of population, labor, transportation, agriculture, mining, manufacturing,
services, and globalization are examined.
In this course, the following topics are usually presented:
What is “Economic Geography” ?
The Sectors of Production and Consumption
Overview of the World Economy
Overview of World Agricultural Systems
The Von Thűnen Model
Energy Resources and Reserves
The Future of Energy
Phases and Production Costs of Manufacturing
Orientations of Production
Industrial Location Models
Site, Situation, Attitude ... and Chicago
Market Areas and Geography of Retailing
Central Place Theory
The Geography of Wal-Mart
Foreign Direct Investment and Transnational Corporations
A film documentary on plant closures / deindustrialization (title TBA)
Students are evaluated through four exams, several assignments, and a term project.
The term project may possibly be assigned to small teams of students.
For more information about GEOG 461, please contact me.