[geogu-l] new undergraduate seminar
rroth at u.washington.edu
Tue Mar 6 14:30:10 PST 2007
We are offering a new undergraduate seminar in economic geography next quarter, taught by J.W. Harrington. This promises to be a unique and valuable small-class, hands-on experience, with research at its heart.
Note: the course is currently showing up in the Time Schedule as 3 credits, but will really be 5 credits, once they fix the system.
SEMINAR IN ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
Geography 498, Spring 2007 (5)
Wednesdays, 2:30 4:50
This Spring Quarter, a small group of students will explore these questions together:
What sorts of actors are fundamental to understanding events and trends in the world economy international corporations, financial traders, national governments, knowledge workers? What are the fundamental actors in regional economies (like metropolitan Seattle), which dont have a single government, and which are necessarily open to national and international flows of capital, workers, and ideas?
In such a world, what elements can be considered characteristic of or specific to a given region or must regions be considered passive, temporary vessels for national and international flows?
What does it mean to say we live in a knowledge economy? How can we possibly say where knowledge resides, or where it is created?
In such a world, what influences the production, procurement, and location decisions of firms?
What impact can an individual thinker have on how we study these issues?
In addition, each student will develop her/his individual thinking, through a series of increasingly focused, written arguments or proposals. The class will be small enough that the nature of this assignment will be tailored to the individual student. Possibilities include:
Develop an empirical understanding of relevant economic issues (e.g., foreign investment; the economic or environmental sustainability of a regions international exports) for one particular region.
Dig into a public-policy debate or need (tax policy to encourage economic development; the best means for improving workforce readiness) for a particular region of a relevant class of regions.
Propose and design a rigorous empirical investigation of an important question (the impact of university presence, size, and quality for regional economic growth; national or regional institutional effects on the work experience of transmigrants (or the work experience of undocumented workers); explaining interregional or interstate differences in the growth of a particular economic sector; exploring the subnational, regional impact of international trade policy)
Richard Roth Assistant to the Chair
rroth at u.washington.edu Department of Geography
voice: (206) 543-3246 Box 35-3550
fax: (206) 543-3313 University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
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