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    A critical examination of the key spatial economic processes and trends which have both characterised and shaped the world’s economic geography since the mid-twentieth century.

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

    About this paper

    Paper title Geographies of Global Economic Change
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    54 GEOG points
    GEOG 214
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science
    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Professor Etienne Nel

    Paper Structure

    This paper consists of lectures and tutorials
    Key topics covered in the lectures 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

    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.

    Assessment is 50% internal (on-going during the semester) and 50% external (final examination).

    Teaching Arrangements

    Two lectures per week and a series of tutorials scheduled in alternate weeks over the 13 weeks of semester.
    Small group project.


    No single textbook is required, but the following is highly recommended:

    MacKinnon, D., & Cumbers, A. (2019). Introduction to economic geography: globalization, uneven development and place. Abingdon: Routledge.

    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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    1. 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. Demonstrate that they can discuss the nature, focus and effects of globalisation and associated forces and practice at a variety of spatial scales: global, national, regional and local
    3. Be able to critique and evaluate the implications of key changes in the global economy and associated theory and practice through time


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    T1 Monday 12:00-12:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
    T2 Monday 13:00-13:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
    T3 Monday 16:00-16:50 30, 32, 34, 37, 39, 41
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