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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 Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,627.65

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54 GEOG points
GEOG 214
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: 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 50-minute lectures per week

One 50-minute tutorial every second week

Small group project

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


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Not offered in 2019

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system