University of Toronto Mississauga
Department of Geography • Spring 2017
GGR 209H5F Economic Geography
Instructor: Pierre Desrochers
Lectures: Tuesday 15:00-17:00
Phone: (905) 828-5206
Office: Davis Building, room 3273
Lecture room: IB 150
January 24 - failure to turn in your proposal on a hard copy at
the beginning of the lecture will result in a grade of 0.
essays are due on Tuesday, March 28, 5 PM. There will be a drop-off box in front of
Room Davis 3284.
Your book must be approved by the instructor. Please send me an e-mail
with the course number in the subject heading and a link to the book publisher's
page for the book in your message. If there are no such page, provide me with a
link to the Amazon.com or another seller's webpage for the book.
• No cover page (but name
and student number, course number and title)
• 1-2 page(s) (ideally 1 page, or 1 sheet of paper printed on both
• Book title, author, publisher, year of publications, number of
• 1-2 paragraphs on who the author is, what the book is about and
why you chose this particular book.
• 4 book review references (include name of the author, title of the
review (if any), journal, journal issue, year of publication,
pages). Please make an effort to find good reviews. Short
description of a book content posted on a publisher's or a
booksellers' Website or reviews posted on personal websites are not
• If you are unable to locate 4 book reviews, list the periodical
Any review published in an academic journal is acceptable. Reviews
published in specialized magazines and professional Websites might
also be acceptable, but contact me if you're not sure. Avoid listing
reviews published on personal Website's, although you are free to
use some of the arguments you might find in these reviews.
Suggested Format for the
Review Essay Proposal
Your choice of book should be guided by the general goal of this course,
i.e., the study of the interaction of the economic, social and political
institutions that determine the quality of life in a particular place. This can
mean everything from a book about the history of the economic development of a
particular city or of a particular industry in one region to a study of the
spatial organization of one multi-national corporation. Look up the list of
subjects covered in the textbook. The following entries on About.com will also
help you understand the scope of economic geography:
Economic Geography: Overview of Economic Geography
- Economic Geography
I caution you to stay away from books authored by multiple authors (e.g., 18
authors have contributed to 13 chapters) as they typically lack focus, and from
textbooks as they typically cover too much ground in a noncontroversial manner.
You can browse the University
of Toronto library’s Website or any book seller’s Website to identify
one that you would like to review.
Again, your choice of book must be approved by the instructor before
turning in your review essay proposal. Send me an e-mail with the course
number in the title. In the message, include the author's name, the book title,
the book publisher, the year of publication and a link to the publisher's
Webpage where I can find a summary of the book. If there is no publisher's page,
give me a link to the Amazon.com page devoted to the book. (You can also use
another Internet book seller. They key point here is that I want to read a
summary of the book.)
Slides from Andrew Nicholson's
the art of finding book reviews.
(Note: You can avoid the first steps by cliking on the links below)
- Interdisciplinary Indexes
Read the instructions for each database carefully. The UTL personnel have
gone to great length to help facilitate your use of these resources.
Not all indexes provide
direct links with the journals in which you will find the book reviews.
You might have to go back to the UTL
Website and look up the catalogue to find the issue of the journal
in which the book review was published.