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Course Format: Lectures (3 hours/week): POD 370, 3pm-6pm Monday.
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The Faculty Course Survey will be conducted online March 23 - April 3.
This course explores four major areas of spatial economic activity. First, it looks at economic history – why the world looks the way it does today, and the mechanisms and processes that give rise to it. Second, it explores the theory, concepts and methods underlying the spatial distribution of economic activities across the landscape. It pays particular attention to the spatial patterns that arise in the distribution of the principal economic sectors of the economy: the resources, manufacturing, and service sectors, and to the geographical economics of urban land use patterns. Third, it examines current geopolitics as they pertain to economics. Here we will look at the rise of populism and its effects such as Brexit, tax increases, and economic growth and voodoo economics.
Paper proposal 20% (due dates see schedule below)
Paper final draft 30% (due dates see schedule below)
There is no final exam in this course so do not miss the tests. NOTE: Tests will be run in the first 40 minutes of the class and will be comprised of 40 multiple choice questions. IF YOU MISS A TEST, THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NOREWRITES OF THEM FOR ANY REASON. YOU WILL LOSE THE GRADE FOR IT – NO EXCEPTIONS.
1. Introduction. Course mechanics.
The Space Economy – definition and structure
Modeling: what it is and how it is used.
Landscapes: homogeneity, isotropy and reality(ies).
Modelling: Scale and Chaos
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SPATIAL MACROECONOMIC BACKGROUND
2. The Engine of Economic Growth and Change: Demographics.
Population growth, fertility, survival, dependency.
Population structure: transition and pyramids.
3. Economic Change and Urbanisation
Mercantilism+Renaissance=Transformation: a canvas for change.
Macroeconomic Eras – two flavours: revolutions and capital.
Global Economy since 1945.
Cities as points of socio-economic transformation.
Urban growth versus urbanization.
Demographic transition, urbanization, and economic transformation model.
Colonialisation and decolonialisation.
4. Finance, Cycles, Agglomeration and Scale. Money!
Booms, busts, and the financial/banking system.
Economic cycles: Kondratieff, Keynes, inventory and product.
Internal scale economies.
External scale economies.
ECONOMIC SECTOR MODELLING
5. Economic Base Theory, Economic Classifications, Data, Methods
The fundamental geographic structure of economies.
“Basic” and “non-basic” economic activities.
The B/NB ratio and the multiplier concept.
Economic indicators, indices, data, and sources.
Current and constant dollars.
Gini coefficients, Lorenz and other curves.
Productivity, capacity utilisation, and input-output.
Relative and absolute change, rates and levels of change.
6. Agricultural, Resource Location, Urban Economics and Land Use. Von Thunen and the concept of bid rent.
Models of urban structure - an overview.
Alonso and urban rent theory.
Peak value intersections.
The economics of urban slums.
The economics of urban sprawl.
Zimmerman's Axiom: resources aren't, they become: resource economics.
7. Manufacturing: from weight watching to getting satisfaction. Maximization approaches: Weber and the weight loss hypothesis.
Optimization approaches: Losch and the pursuit of profit.
Behavioral approaches: Smith and margins of profitability.
Decision making approaches: Simon and satisficing.
Brexit and border taxes: Trump, zombie economics, the rise of populism, and the decline of economic reason in the post-truth world.
Income, income inequality and wellbeing.
12. Course Wrap Up
REQUIRED TEXT – PowerPoint at www.geography.ryerson.ca/coppack/geo530
There is no assigned textbook for this course. The PowerPoint and their notes are detailed and extensive and serve as a text for this course. But there are some good general references you should look at:
General text books (oldies and goldies - in order of pertinence):
Lloyd, Peter and Peter Dicken (1977) Location in Space: A Theoretical Approach to Economic Geography. Harper Row.
Dicken, Peter (1986). Global Shift. Industrial Change in a Turbulent World. Harper Row.
De Faust, and Sousa (1979) World Space Economy.
Hayter, Roger and Jerry Patchell (2011). Economic Geography. An Institutional Approach. Oxford University Press.
Most of these references pertain more to the 2008 crisis and its aftermath but are great for the financial sector and global macroeconomics overviews:
Lewis, Michael (all by Lewis and all are really good):
The Big Short (about the subprime mortgage (SPM) fiasco).
Boomerang (how Iceland, Greece, Ireland, and Germany fared – also has a summary of the SPM fiasco).
Flash Boys (about electronic trading distorts the stock market).
Liar’s Poker (how Wall Street trading rooms work).
The New New Thing (about Silicon Valley).
Sorkin, Andrew Ross. Too Big To Fail. (Excellent summary of the SPM fiasco and the ensuing bank mergers).
Irwin, Neil. The Alchemists. (Brilliant story of US, UK, EU central bankers’ responses to SPM fallout).
Malkiel, Burton. A Random Walk Down Wall Street. (Classic book on investment strategies but has a great overview of how Wall Street stock markets work and, mostly, of past financial crises.)
Mayer, Jane. Dark Money. (Depressing exposé on how and why the ultra wealthy right wing shape elections and power.)
A FEW GOOD DATA SOURCES
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Just because you don’t read it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Use the Research Process Flowchart and Proposal Example Table at the end of this document.
The purpose of the course assignment is twofold. The first is to allow you to explore a topic of your choice in Economic Geography. The second is to allow you to practice formulating and writing a proper academic research proposal. Both of these goals will weigh equally in your final grade for the paper.
The assignment has two parts. First, you must write a proposal for a research paper following the detailed guidelines provided below. READ THEM CAREFULLY AND FOLLOW THEM DILIGENTLY. Second, using a corrected proposal as the first three pages, you must write the paper itself integrating feedback from the proposal stage. The proposal will be re-evaluated as part of the paper so the grade on it will change as well.
NOTE: THIS IS THE HARDEST ASSIGNMENT YOU WILL EVER DO BECAUSE:
1. IT LOOKS EASY.
2. IT REQUIRES THAT YOU READ AND FOLLOW THIS ENTIRE ASSIGNMENT DOCUMENT THOROUGHLY.
3. YOU HAVE TO STAY HIGHLY FOCUSSED ON A SMALL TOPIC.
4. EACH SECTION MUST SPIRAL DOWN TIGHTLY FROM THE PREVIOUS SECTIONS.
5. IT IS THE PROCESS THAT IS IMPORTANT NOT THE TOPIC YOU CHOOSE.
Length and Grade:
The proposal is worth 20% of the course grade and should not exceed THREE typewritten narrative pages. The paper is worth 30% of the course grade and should not exceed SIX typewritten narrative pages INCLUDING THE CORRECTED ORIGINAL PROPOSAL AS THE FIRST THREE PAGES. Both items must follow the Research Process Flowchart and the Proposal Example Table. These two documents are found below. You must also follow the Writing Guidelines below and you should also pay attention to the Marking Guidelines, also found below. Fundamentally, the paper should accomplish the proposal, incorporating any comments offered in it.
THE ORIGINAL UNREPAIRED PROPOSAL, WITH MY COMMENTS, IS TO BE ATTACHED AS AN APPENDIX TO YOUR PAPER. IF IT IS NOT THERE YOU WILL LOSE 10% OF YOUR FINAL PAPER GRADE IMMEDIATELY.
PART #1: The Proposal
NB: Use the Research Process Flowchart and Proposal Example Table at the end of this document.