GEOG2205 Geographies of Economic Development

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Human Geography and Planning major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
The global economy shapes the lives of people living across the developed and developing worlds. This unit explores the complex and geographically uneven dynamics of the global economy and considers how this affects patterns of economic and social development. It includes an examination of how the world economy is affecting the geographies of economic activity, employment, quality of life and social structures, and considers how disparate places are often interlinked and interdependent. The unit also examines the implications of the geographies of development for policy and planning.
Students are able to (1) understand core theoretical perspectives in economic geography and how these shed light on the structure and dynamics of development; (2) appreciate the multi-scalar dynamics of the global economy, and how this affects spatial patterns of economic development, quality of life, and political response; (3) understand the core approaches to economic development planning, including their strengths and limitations; and (4) interpret the spatial organisation activity of using quantitative and qualitative methods, and present this in a report.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a final examination; (2) a 2000-word essay; and (3) a 2000-word research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Paul Plummer
Unit rules
GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
GEOG1104 Disasters!;
with permission of Unit co-ordinator based on equivalent studies.
PLNG2201 Geographies of Economic Development
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1 or 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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