Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Economic geography explores spatial distribution of all forms of human productive activity at number of geographical scales--local, regional, national, and global. Key theme is impact of increasingly powerful global economic forces on organization of production. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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Overall Rating 4.3
Easiness 2.8/ 5
Clarity 4.2/ 5
Workload 2.5/ 5
Helpfulness 4.2/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2019 - This was my first GE, so I don't know much about other GE's, but in comparison to the other GE I took this quarter as well as comments from upperclassmen, this class is definitely not the easiest GE to take. I chose to take this class because it seemed interesting, and it definitely lived up to that. Even though my other GE was easier, I was much more interested in this class, which helped me stay engaged. The grading is 20% midterm, 20% recitation activities (attendance, participation, and a seminar in discussion), 30% term paper, and 30% final. The midterm and final have the same type of questions, except the final is a bit longer. The exams are all free response. One half of the exam is defining and relating basic concepts to globalization and the other half is essay questions. There are always multiple basic concepts and essay questions to choose from (you don't have to answer every question). There are study guides for both the midterm and final, including a list of all possible basic concepts that will show up on the exam and sample essay questions. The term paper is on a transnational corporation of your choice, and I received a lot of help from my TA. I think it's also important to get a good TA since they will be grading your basic concepts and term paper. Professor Sheppard is extremely knowledgable on the subject. Some of his lectures were a little dry, but for the most part, I enjoyed the class. The professor did offer one extra credit opportunity if a certain percentage of the class completed the class evaluation. There is a course reader, and some of the readings were a bit long. However, I was still able to attend all the lectures and do all the readings. Mentioning the readings and lectures will help you score high on the exams. TLDR: Overall, I enjoyed this class, but it's not the easiest GE. I would take only if you are interested in the topic and prepared to put in a bit of extra work.
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