Introduction to Global Studies is an interdisciplinary course that introduces students to different perspectives on global studies and exposes them to critical global economic and cultural issues and challenges. This course also examines globalization at a variety of different scales of analysis, ranging from global, to regional and national, to individual. The ultimate goal is to provide students with an understanding of the main conceptual approaches to global studies and thus enhance their ability to understand and evaluate important real-world issues and problems.
This interdisciplinary course introduces the major components of the rapidly evolving global transport and communication systems. Drawing on literature from a wide range of disciplines and perspectives, the course highlights that transportation and the management of distribution is fundamental to the understanding of globalization, trade, and the ways in which corporations use logistics to their advantage. These changes have enabled the spread of global production networks and facilitated both greater access to new modes of data and information and paradoxically, increased centralization over the distribution of that data and information. The course also shows how the new modes of communication have transformed both trade and culture, altering not only the way we buy, sell and produce commodities but also the social organization of place and space.
An introductory course that offers students an overview of the major regions of the world, their characteristics, and the contemporary human and environmental issues and challenges faced by each. The course is organized along lines of economic development, with coverage of the more developed regions preceding that of less developed parts of the world.
This course introduces students to two of geography’s subdisciplines, both of great contemporary importance. Initially, students will learn about factors that influence population size, distribution, and structure, relating these to environmental, economic, and political impacts. Afterward, the focus shifts to migration, a very controversial process in many parts of the world. Several regional and national immigration case studies will be analyzed.
This course is a broad introduction to the geography of resources. Geographical resources include natural, human, capital, as well as energy. Resources are fundamental to many activities and much value is attached to their procurement, transformation and use. Most resources are used to produce an outcome of economic value, such as providing food, energy, or materials for manufacturing and construction. The strategic importance of resource development and the multiple uses of resources will be analyzed.
This course introduces students to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) foundations, concepts, and application techniques. GIS are used to encode, store, analyze, and report spatial data and provide a repository, which can be constructed, maintained, edited and analyzed. By linking different information technologies such as mapping and database management systems, spatial information can be used to facilitate management and decisions in a wide array of fields. These include marketing, industrial and commercial location, resource inventory and management, environmental impact assessment, urban planning, transportation, tracking crime data.
Contemporary economic processes, such as the globalization of trade and the emergence of economic blocs, have been accompanied by significant growth in the movements of people, freight and information. Transport geography is concerned about these movements along with the infrastructures, institutions and corporations supporting them. It tries to link spatial constraints and attributes with the origin, the destination, the extent, and the nature and purpose of movements. Transportation, therefore, has varied and complex impacts over populations, economies and geography.
This course examines East and Southeast Asia, commonly known as Pacific Asia. Pacific Asian societies have experienced various phases of development since the end of World War II. Topics include socioeconomic features of: Japan, China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and other countries such as Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Problems and prospects of development in the region as well as issues related to urbanization, transportation, agriculture and resource development are covered.
Introduces economic geography, in particular how geographic and economic conditions affect products, industries, commerce and resources in a variety of regions. Covers the concepts, theories, and methodologies used by geographers to analyze economic change, such as of population and resources, and basic location theory for primary, secondary and tertiary industries. The course underlines the role of geography in the modern global economy, particularly as it relates to local, regional, national, and international economic growth and development.
This course expands the GIS foundations, concepts, and application techniques already acquired to the introductory course (GEOG 60: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems). It mainly focuses upon the professional applications of the GIS technology as well as the understanding of more advanced spatial analysis functions such as geocoding, classification, statistical surfaces, overlay and network analysis. The student is expected to become proficient in applying GIS for the analysis of problems in a wide array of fields.
Dr. Rodrigue's research interests mainly cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. Area interests involve North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and East and Southeast Asia. Specific topics over which he has published extensively cover maritime transport systems and logistics, global supply chains and production networks, gateways and transport corridors. Current projects involve: