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GEOG374 Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era

An examination of the key spatial economic processes and trends which have both characterised and shaped the post-World War II world.

Using the lens of economic geography the course provides a critical examination of the contemporary global economy and its evolution.

Paper title Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era
Paper code GEOG374
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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54 GEOG points
GEOG 214
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Paper Structure
Key topics covered in the paper are:
  1. Evolution of the global economy
  2. Globalisation, regional differences and associated technological and corporate changes
  3. Multi-national corporations
  4. Local places and alternate economies
  5. New Zealand economic geography
Teaching Arrangements
In addition to the lecture programme, tutorials are designed to develop critical debate around the key topics investigated and to assist with the completion of assessed tasks. A parallel seminar programme linked to a group project will focus on developing an understanding of a key economic region in the world.
No single text book is required, but two are highly recommended:

Knox, P., Agnew, J. & McCarthy, L. (2014) The Geography of the World Economy, Taylor and Francis, London

Dicken, P. (2014) Global Shift, Sage, London.
Course outline
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Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Comprehension:
  1. To be able to identify and describe the key forces that have shaped and are shaping the global economy in the post-World War Two world
  2. To demonstrate that you can discuss the nature, focus and effects of globalisation and associated forces and practise at a variety of spatial scales: global, national, regional and local
  3. To be able to critique and evaluate the implications of key changes in the global economy and associated theory and practise through time
  • Secondary Research Skills - to be able to use the library and Internet resources to identify information relevant as required background reading and the assignments and to be able to determine appropriate material to utilise
  • Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills - based on secondary research to determine appropriate structured and reasoned arguments to respond to the tasks contained in the specified assignments
  • Team Work - to develop inter-personal skills needed to work in a team and to undertake independent research
  • Communication Skills - to develop written skills through written work and verbal and presentation skills through seminar presentation
Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: Professor Etienne Nel

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Monday 12:00-12:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
T2 Monday 13:00-13:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
T3 Monday 16:00-16:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
T4 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 21
T5 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 10, 12, 15-16, 19, 21