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GEOG374 Geographies of Global Economic Change


GEOG214_374 Source AtoZForexGEOG374 is designed to introduce students to the key economic processes which are continually shaping the world space economy. The global economy has experienced major changes in recent decades, with shifts in politics, technology, corporate power, resource use and broad economic and market forces fundamentally altering the role and place of localities, regions andGEOG214_374 Source Wonderfulengineering countries within a continually changing global context. The current context we live in was significantly shaped by events and processes since the conclusion of the Second World War, with subsequent changes in the 1970s laying the foundations for our contemporary world space economy. Within this context deep-rooted and growing economic and social inequality is a key hallmark.

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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.

Paper title Geographies of Global Economic Change
Paper code GEOG374
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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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

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system