GE1101E/GEK1001 Geographical Journeys: Exploring World Environments (Semester 1, 2016/2017) [More info]
This module introduces contemporary socio-economic and environmental issues/processes shaping our world, and the geographical perspectives needed to understand them better. Starting with ‘how geographers view the world’, the module offers a spatial lens to analyse such issues as climate change, urban flooding, human-environment relations, challenges of migration, economic production and consumption and so forth.
Each lecture discuss contemporary scenarios that students are familiar with alongside geographical analyses of and approaches to the issues. Students will also be exposed to field work techniques, mapping skills and strategies of project management in small group discussions and project assignments. The goal is to develop students with strong ‘geographical imaginations’ better able to understand the world and all its complexities in a holistic way.
The module is designed as an introductory module for first year Geography students to better understand the foundations of the discipline, as well as a general education module for cross faculty students that would enable them to better appreciate our ever changing society and environment.
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GE3201 The Service Economy (Semester 2, 2016/2017) [More info]
This course aims to provide a geographical perspective on the emergence and development of the service economy. The shift to the service economy – that is an economy dominated by service activities in terms of both employment and output – is one of the most important and profound changes in the global economy in recent decades. While economic geography has traditionally focused more on primary and particularly secondary (manufacturing) industries, this module will examine the broad and varied range of service activities that are now a crucial part of the global economy.
The first part of the module covers conceptual understandings of services and economic transformation as the result of growing service sector activities. Key themes include defining and classifying service activities, different theories concerning the growth and role of services in modern economies, and the globalisation of service industries. The thematic approach continues with examining the role of knowledge networks and social and cultural implications of the shift in service employment in transforming service workers, firms, and industry practices.
The module will also cover sectoral studies of the service economy, particularly knowledge-intensive business services (KIBS) or advanced business services. Case studies will be drawn from a variety of KIBS such as banking, accountancy, and management consultancy. Cultural industries such as advertising and video games will also be discussed in terms of how they are changing urban and regional development and forms of work. Finally, the retail sector and the informal economy will also be analysed in terms of their different roles in production and consumption circuits. The module concludes with critical reflections on the polarised nature of service work and its impact on the economy and society.
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GE2202 Economy and Space (Semester 2, 2011/2012) [More info]
** Please note that this module will be taught by another faculty after 2011/2012 **
This module is an introductory course in economic geography that explores the contemporary insights provided by geographers researching various dimensions of economy and space. The module will present a case for the importance of geographical insights, in which economic processes are seen as embedded in particular places, in which patterns and flows of economic activity across space are recognised and explained, and in which economic spaces and scales are themselves treated as representations and social constructions. These distinctively geographical sensibilities stand in stark contrast to the popular conceptions and assumptions in economics and management studies that often distort our understandings of economic lives, landscapes and processes.