Spring 2023 - GEOG 221 D100

Economic Worlds (3)

Class Number: 2507

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    BLU 11901, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 17, 2023
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    WMC 3220, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Rosemary-Claire Collard
    Office: RCB 7224
    Office Hours: (tentative): Tuesdays 11am-noon and Thursdays 1-2pm
  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 100.



The fundamentals of economics geography, the study of the forces that shape the arrangement of economic activity in the real world. Breadth-Social Sciences.


This course introduces several on the ground economic geographical processes and the models and theories that try to explain them. These are processes that we all participate in or bump up against all the time – like watching towering container ships unloading at one of Vancouver’s port terminals, buying a t-shirt at Walmart, doing the dishes at home, or working part-time serving caffeine-hungry customers in a coffee shop. In this course we ask how these and other seemingly mundane economic processes came to be, how they shift and move, and what their effects are for people, places and ecologies. The overarching theme of the course is economic inequality and how economic inequality plays out spatially in repetitive distributions of wealth, industry, and jobs (and what kind of jobs). Why does inequality persist – and in some places and not others? After introducing the theme of inequality as it is addressed in economic geography, the rest of the course carries this theme through several general sectors of the economy: the extraction of primary goods; manufacturing; trade and circulation; and retail and services. Throughout, we also pay attention to collective struggles for equality.

*There will be no tutorials during the first week of class


  • In-class mid-term exam 20%
  • Mini-assignments 15%
  • Commodity chain research project, paper and presentation (in tutorial) 25%
  • Final exam 25%
  • Tutorial attendance, preparation and participation 15%


Evaluation (tentative)

Grading scale

A+       90-100

A         85-89

A-        80-84 

B+       76-79

B         72-75

B-        68-71

C+       64-67

C         60-63  

C-        55-59

D         50-54

F          0-49



No required course textbook


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