Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2000

Centuries Compared: The New Millenium and the Meaning of Economic Geography

Main discipline: Human geography, Economics
Lecturer: Professor Amy Glasmeier,
The Pennsylvania State University, USA

Course description
The year 2000 presents an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the major economic geographic trends of the last 200 years. Understanding the meaning and significance of today's technological, industry, organizational, and social trends is greatly enhanced when embedded in an historical perspective of the last 150 years. Based on excerpts from some of the most important economic geographic, historical and social science texts of this century, students will challenge their understanding of the meaning of the contemporary global economy through extensive readings and discussions.

Basic readings

The lecturer
Professor Amy Glasmeier, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University, holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. Glasmeier is the Director of the Center on Trade, Technology and Economic Growth, in the Institute for Policy Research and Evaluation at Penn State. The Center conducts research on the implication of globalization for national economies.

Glasmeier has published three books on international industrial and economic development, including High Tech America (1986), The High-Tech Potential: Economic Development in Rural America (1991), and From Combines to Computers: Rural Services Development in the Age of Information Technology (1995), as well as more than forty scholarly articles. Her current research focuses on community impacts of globalization, regional development, poverty alleviation, and industrial change.