Spring 2022 - GEOG 321 D100

Geographies of Global Capitalism (4)

Class Number: 4753

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    HCC 1700, Vancouver

  • Prerequisites:

    At least 45 units, including GEOG 100.

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

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.

COURSE DETAILS:

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.

Spring 2022 courses will be delivered in person based on information available at the time of publishing the outline; please note the delivery mode is subject to change following Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and/or SFU recommendations and orders.

Grading

  • Short paper 25%
  • Poster assignment 30%
  • Tutorial 25%
  • Quizzes (2) 10%
  • In class writing 10%

NOTES:

Evaluation (tentative)

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

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


Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.