Fall 2023 - GEOG 321 D100

Geographies of Global Capitalism (4)

Class Number: 3628

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.



Examines the historical development, spatial organization, and social impact of market function, firm structure and operation, economic policy, and regulation and deregulation at various scales from local to global, from a geographical perspective.


This course examines the geography of modern capitalism. It focuses the real-world impacts of economic ideas and policy, market dynamics, firm structure, regulation and deregulation and more. The course has two emphases: (1) an introduction to the dominant theories through which capitalism has been explained, defended, and criticized; and (2) the effects of capitalist historical development on the world in which we live. Capitalism is a distinct way of organizing the political economy of modern life; the principal objective of the class is to develop an understanding of how it works: the institutions that organize it and the ideas that underpin them. We will consider: (a) the spaces it structures (international trading networks, for example) and restructures (suburbanization of formerly agricultural land, for example); (b) the effect of dynamic flows of capital, goods and people on specific places like “world cities” and “dying small towns”; (c) the many scales capitalist dynamics help produce, and on which they depend, like the nation-state, the “global economy” and resource “peripheries”; and (d) the increasingly expansive geography of “crisis”.

Note: There will be no tutorials during the first week of class.


  • Response papers (x5) 25%
  • Short paper 25%
  • Final project (poster) 35%
  • Tutorial participation 15%



Selected articles and book chapters circulated by the instructor or available free through SFU Library


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