Click the link below to access all class readings, materials, and handouts. See your syllabus or Ms. Pierce for the DropBox password. 

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Web-pages and Directions for Class Assignments and Activities:

  • Wednesday 4/17/2019: Residential Patterns
    • On your own paper, you will analyze housing styles and patterns to discern urban development and technology capabilities. Please use the following website and complete the accompanying activities:
      • Gap Minder – Dollar Street (Hans Rosling)
      • Complete 1-4 for TWO countries of your choice.
        1. Pick a country from the “World” drop menu at the top of the page.
        2. Choose a home from the results, and use the “Home” drop menu to explore different elements of the housing in this country. [You can also view multiple homes from that country].
        3. Describe the different elements of the home (e.g. flooring, walls, kitchen, bathroom, materials used in construction)
        4. What does this home tell you about infrastructure, income, and technology capabilities of this urban area.



  • Monday 4/15/2019: Edge Cities Article
    • On your own paper, please complete the following as you read the accompanying article as a historical perspective on the rise of Edge Cities.
      • Article: The View From the Periphery (1991, New York Times):
      • Questions:
        1. How does this article define edge cities?
        2. In 1991, how many edge cities did New York City and Los Angeles each have?
        3. How do edge cities differ from traditional suburbs?
        4. In his book, what is Mr. Garreau’s basic point about edge cities?
        5. Finally, this article offers what criticisms of Mr. Garreau’s ideas about edge cities?


Past Materials and Assignments 2018-2019

  • Tuesday 3/19/19: Measures of Development – Microloans and Women
    • On your own paper, please answer the following questions as you read the accompanying article.
      • Article: How microfinance reduces gender inequality in developing countries (The Conversation – Mar. 2, 2017)
      • Questions:
        1. Before reading, please look up and define the term “microfinance.”
        2. Before reading, please look up and define the term “microloan.”
        3. An increase in the proportion of women who access microfinance services by what percent could potentially reduce gender inequality?
        4. If this percent of women access microfinance services, how could that affect the rate of gender inequality in developing countries?
        5. How does this article define gender equality?
        6. Disadvantages in education for girls translates to what in the economy?
        7. Who helped pioneer (or start) microfinance and microloans?
        8. Of the 114 million people living in extreme poverty that microloans were given to by 2013, how many of those people were women?
        9. Conceptually (or as a theory),  microfinance and microloans help enable women to do what?
        10. These researchers found evidence of a negative relationship between microloans and women, what does that mean? [It does not mean giving out these loans proves to be bad.]
        11. What did they find out with regard to cultural characteristics with regard to microfinance for women?
        12. Reflection: Why do you think the standard of living in an impoverished, developing country improves when women have the same access to economic opportunities (such as microloans to start small, local businesses) as men?



  • Monday 3/4/19: Outsourcing Article and Questions 
    • On your own paper, please answer the following questions as you read the accompanying article.
      • Article: One Stunning Stat That Shows How Nike Changed The Shoe Industry Forever (Business Insider – Apr. 22, 2014)
      • Questions:
        1. In 1964, how many of the US’ shoes were imported?
        2. How did that percent change 50 years later?
        3. What percent of Nike’s manufacturing facilities are located in the US?
        4. The US factories employ what percent of Nike’s workforce?
        5. Why did Nike switch to an offshoring model?
        6. What criticisms’ did Nike face in the 1990s?