Global Economies

I.     Course Prefix/Number: GEG 130

       Course Name: Global Economies

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course studies topical variations in spatial distribution of economic activities. Content includes production, consumption, and distribution patterns analyzed, in relation to location theory; stages of economic development; relative importance of government intervention and market forces; international alliances; and multinational corporations.  Focus is on processes of economic development, globalization, and technological innovation.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will:

A.        understand the economic interdependence of all peoples and all regions.

B.        understand how changes in energy production and other technological advances are changing the living conditions and world relations of people.

C.        be able to apply economic measuring tools to any country throughout the world and be able to determine its relative level of economic development.

D.        acquire a basic understanding of the primary, secondary, and tertiary economic activities surrounding them.

E.         be able to identify and comprehend the changes that are occurring in man's economic activities throughout the world.

F.         be able to utilize different geographic tools including map reading skills in their economic analysis of the world

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

A.        Introduction

B.        Historical Development of Economic Geography

C.        Levels of Economic Development

D.        Agricultural Systems of Underdeveloped Countries

E.         A Regional Survey of American Agriculture

F.         Energy Production

G.        Contemporary American Energy Problems: Can There Be Another "Energy" Crisis?

H.        Mining

I.          Manufacturing: Theories and Trends

J.          Manufacturing: Case Studies of the Textile and Steel Industries

K.        High Technology and the Future

L.         The City in Economic Activity

M.        Urban Economic Structure

N.        Population

O.        Transportation and Communication

P.         Geography of International Business

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture and class discussion will be used extensively.  Occasionally, small group work and reporting will be used.  There will be frequent written assignments that will be short in character.  Reading and clipping from newspapers will be incorporated in the class.  Transparencies, films, film strips, slides, and video tapes will be used as appropriate.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students will be required to:

A.   Read a standard textbook and research materials

B.   Write outside of class the equivalent of 12‑14 double‑spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Examinations, quizzes, class participation and occasionally filling in maps and/or writing papers and giving presentations.

At least one exam will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

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  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
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