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

  1. Explain the economic interdependence of all peoples and regions
  2. Describe how changes in energy production and other technological advances are  changing the living conditions and world relations of people
  3. Apply economic measuring tools to any country throughout the world and analyze its relative level of economic development
  4. Describe the basics of the concepts of primary, secondary, and tertiary economic activities
  5. Identify and describe the changes that are occurring in man's economic activities throughout the world
  6. Utilize different geographic tools, including map reading skills, in analyzing global economics

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

  1. Introduction
  2. Historical Development of Economic Geography
  3. Levels of Economic Development
  4. Agricultural Systems of Underdeveloped Countries
  5. A Regional Survey of American Agriculture
  6. Energy Production
  7. Contemporary American Energy Problems: Can There Be Another "Energy" Crisis?
  8. Mining
  9. Manufacturing: Theories and Trends
  10. Manufacturing: Case Studies of the Textile and Steel Industries
  11. High Technology and the Future
  12. The City in Economic Activity
  13. Urban Economic Structure
  14. Population
  15. Transportation and Communication
  16. Geography of International Business

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Lecture, classroom discussion, slides, and articles, films, and other media may be used.

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

VIII. Course Practices Required

Students are expected to attend each class, having read the assigned textbook material before coming to class, bringing with them any questions they might have on the text or other related materials.  They are also expected to be actively engaged in the class sessions through such things as attentiveness to lectures and films, note-taking, asking questions, doing the assigned writing, and involvement in class discussions.

Students will be required to write outside of class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded.  This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of Journal articles, and/or a series of shorter analytical papers.

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

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

Standard textbooks are used, along with an appropriate atlas.

The current edition of a standard text in the field will be used, such as:
Truman A. Hartshorn and John W. Alexander, Economic Geography. Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Examinations, quizzes, class participations, and occasionally filling in maps and/or writing papers, and giving presentation.

At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.

XI.   Other Course Information

Support Services: Tutoring is available at the Learning Center

Important Dates: *
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record
XX/XX: Last day to change to Audit
XX/XX: Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"
* These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.

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.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.