Economic Geography of Developing Countries

Korea University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic Geography of Developing Countries

  • Host University

    Korea University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Economics, Geography

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    1. Introduction
    Urbanization is an fundamental aspect of the social and economic transformations that take place in the process of development. On the one hand, it is necessary for industrial and economic growth. On the other hand, the shift to urban living alters the ways we interact with each other. Using literature from sociology, urban planning, and geography, this course will explore how cities have been employed to foster economic development and how they have reshaped social relations. Though the role of cities in development will be explored primarily through an examination of Korea?s development history, examples will also be drawn from throughout Asia and in some cases from the West.

    2. Objectives
    By the end of this course, students will be knowledgeable on:
    1. A wide range of issues that face cities and their residents in the process of economic development.
    2. Evolution of the position of Asian cities in the global network of cities.
    3. Theories on the international transmission of urban planning ideas and practices.
    4. Application of those theories to concrete Asian cases, especially Korean cases.
    5. (For KU students) A student-selected city, the development issues it has faced and faces, and how those issues are being confronted.

    3. Course Requirements
    -You are expected to have completed all the readings assigned prior to our class meetings.
    -A one-page Reaction Paper (RP) is due electronically by 12pm MONDAY each week for 8 out of the
    13 weeks for which there are readings. This allows you to choose which weeks to write a reflection paper. If you write more than ten, your grade will be determined by the top ten. The papers will not be graded with a letter grade, but will be allocated from zero to five points depending on how actively your paper engages the material. Late papers will receive zero points, as the purpose of this assignment is to ensure that you have something to contribute in class.
    The paper should usually be 350?500 words (about one page single-spaced). These brief papers are
    intended to facilitate class discussion. You can use the Reaction Paper (RP) to ask for clarification about any aspect of the readings you did not fully understand or to express an opinion about one or more of the readings. In general, I would advise you to focus the RP on only one of the readings assigned for each week. RPs should be clearly written, spell-checked, and grammatically correct.
    -During the first half of the term, each student will write a brief history of an Asian city employing concepts we have used in class. In particular, these papers will address the ways in which urban planning decision making has changed over time and how the city has developed economically. These papers should be 1000?1500 words long, excluding title pages and bibliographies.
    -During the second half of the term, each student will write a 1000?1500 word paper on either a social issue facing the city you have selected or a specific local intervention. Note that examples discussed in class will not be accepted.

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