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Econ Geography/Global Issues

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  • Section ALAMO-TMPL
  • 08/24/2015 to 12/12/2015
  • Modified 08/02/2022


This course examines the history and theory of international trade and global economic development. Economic, social, cultural, and political issues which impact the global economy and basic human welfare are studied. This course is cross-listed as Geography 2312. The student may register for either Econ. 2311 or Geog. 2312 but may receive credit for only one of the two courses. This course fulfills the Social and Behavioral Sciences foundational component area of the core and addresses the following required objectives: Critical Thinking, Communication, Empirical Quantitative Skills, and Social Responsibility.


INRW 0420

MATH 0305


1 Students will recognize that political, social and economic domains are part of our ecosystem.

2 Students will understand the complexity of the capitalist system and its influence in other domains of human activity.

3 Students will observe the unequal distribute of human activities and their impact across the globe.

4 Students will understand the different ways in which economic, political and social activity are organized in other parts of the world.

Institutional Policies


A. Attendance:

SmartStart (Alamo Colleges Procedure F.6.1.1)

Students absences will be recorded from the first day a synchronous class meets (face-to-face/remote). Students who do not attend the first scheduled class meeting or contact the instructor will be dropped. For fully online courses (asynchronous), an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day. It is a student's responsibility to verify the drop is completed.

For fully online courses, an attendance verification activity is assigned and must be completed by the 3rd class day.

Excessive Absence/Process

Excessive absences can result in an instructor dropping you from a class. If you stop attending class for any reason you should contact the instructor and the Admissions and Records/Enrollment Services office to officially withdraw from the class. If you are not dropped from the course or you have reached the six-drop rule you will receive the grade earned in that class.

Regular and punctual attendance in all classes and laboratories, day and evening, is required. Students who are absent for any reason should always consult with their instructors. Course syllabi must provide specific information regarding attendance, including, for courses involving the Internet, online activities that constitute “attendance.” Also, both tardiness and early departure from class may be considered forms of absenteeism. In all cases, students will be held responsible for completion of course requirements covered in their absence.

Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to drop a course for nonattendance. Course instructors may drop a student for excessive absences or, in the case of an online class, non-participation as defined by assigned work not being turned in during the course of a week. Absences are considered excessive when more than 12.5 percent of the total contact hours of instruction in a semester, including lecture and lab, are missed. For example, in a three-credit-hour lecture class, students may be dropped after more than six contact hours of absences. In a four-credit-hour lecture/lab class, students may be dropped after more than eight contact hours of absences. Absences are counted regardless of whether they occur consecutively.

In special programs with additional accreditation or certification standards, additional attendance requirements may be enforced, but faculty must clearly explain these policies in their syllabi. Students who stop attending class for any reason should contact the instructor as soon as possible. To officially withdraw from the class, a withdrawal request must be submitted in ACES via the “student course withdrawal” link. Contact your instructor, advisor, or the Admissions and Records office if guidance is needed.

Failure to officially withdraw from a class may result in a failing grade for the course. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a class by submitting a “student course withdrawal” request in ACES.

B. Early Alert and Intervention (Alamo Colleges Procedure F.6.1.1)

Early Alert and Intervention

Your academic success is important to your instructors. If instructors notice that you are experiencing academic difficulties early in the term, they may send an email to your ACES account that will advise you about ways to address those difficulties. It is very important that you promptly respond to any Early Intervention communication. Your success depends on it. 

Six Drop Rule

Students are limited to a total of six (6) course drops during their undergraduate career, including a course(s) dropped at another institution as defined in the Texas Education Code, Title 3, Subtitle A, Chapter 51, § 51.907. A dropped course is defined as a course in which an undergraduate student at an institution of higher education has enrolled for credit but did not complete.

Carefully consider the number of courses to take and the time commitment required to be successful. Students with a cumulative total of six (6) drops may not drop the seventh course or any additional courses. Students will be awarded the grade earned at the end of the semester. A waiver may be available for the seventh or additional course(s) through the Admissions/Enrollment Services office.  Contact information can be found in the left-hand navigation bar under “Contact Information and Hours.”

 Repeating a Course (3-Peat)

The Alamo Colleges District will charge a higher tuition rate to students registering the third or subsequent time for a college-level course. The State will no longer subsidize a student’s enrollment for the third or subsequent attempt. You should meet with an advisor to determine if you are repeating a course for the third time.

Excess Credit Rule

Texas Education Code, Title 3, Subtitle A, Chapter 54, Subchapter A, §54.014 allows public institutions of higher education to charge a higher rate of tuition to students that exceed the bachelor degree requirements by more than 30 hours. While this law only applies to senior institutions and not to community colleges, the Alamo Colleges District wants you to be aware of the impact on your cost of education. Early and regular advising is critical to ensure that you stay on track.

C. Student Responsibility for Success (Alamo Colleges Policy F.6.2):

As members of the Alamo Colleges District learning community, students, faculty, staff and administrators all share the responsibility to create an atmosphere where knowledge, integrity, truth, and academic honesty are valued and expected. A clear acknowledgment of the mutual obligations of all members of the academic community emphasizes this implicit partnership in fostering the conditions necessary for student success.
In this relationship, the Alamo Colleges District provides institutional policies, procedures, and opportunities to facilitate student learning that encourage interaction, involvement and responsible participation. Inherent in the academic climate is the expectation that students will assume responsibility for contributing to their own development and learning. Academic success is directly tied to the effort students put into their studies, the degree to which they interact with faculty and peers, and the extent to which students integrate into the campus life.

1. Engagement

a. Create connections and build relationships with faculty, staff and students (visit during office hours, join clubs and organizations, participate in student activities, etc.);
b. Stay informed of policies, procedures, deadlines and events for academic and co-curricular activities;
c. Complete all requirements for admission, registration, and payment by the stated deadlines;
d. Apply for financial assistance, if needed, complying with all federal, state and local regulations and procedures;
e. Meet all federal, state and local health care regulations.

2. Communication

a. Seek guidance from faculty, advisors or counselors for questions and concerns in regards to degree plans, major selection, academic status, grades, and issues impacting college success;
b. Develop a peer support system to identify student contacts for questions, group assignments, etc. regarding academic and co-curricular activities;
c. Communicate with College personnel promptly regarding academic or co-curricular concerns and for requests of assistance;
d. Carefully consider the information provided by College personnel and make decisions using that information;
e. Check the Alamo Colleges District’s Web Services regularly for emails, holds, student records, financial aid status and announcements;
f. Submit disability documentation if seeking services and request academic accommodations in advance of each semester.

3. Academic Success

a. Complete courses with passing grades and maintain good academic standing (2.0 GPA) status;
b. Read and follow all syllabi;
c. Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner;
d. Attend classes regularly and on time, with as few absences, late arrivals, and early exits as possible;
e. Arrive to class with all needed materials and completed assignments for that class period;
f. Be attentive in class and actively participate as appropriate;
g. Devote sufficient time for studying;
h. Ensure integrity in all aspects of academic and career development;
i. Accurately represent one’s own work and that of others used in creating academic assignments. Use information ethically and exercise appropriate caution to avoid plagiarism on all assignments;
j. Notify faculty in advance or as soon as possible about absences and provide documentation as appropriate;
k. Consult faculty members in advance when unable to complete projects, assignments, or take examinations as scheduled.

4. Self-Responsibility and Responsibility to Others

a. Update degree/certificate major selection and ensure that the contact information including name, address, phone number and emergency contact in ACES is accurate on a regular basis;
b. Balance personal obligations and educational pursuits. Work with a counselor / advisor to design a realistic schedule that dedicates adequate effort to be successful in college studies;
c. Know and follow the regulations and guidelines outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and Student Handbook;
d. Maintain respectful and appropriate behavior within and outside the classroom;
e. Ask for help when needed. Use all available resources and facilities provided by the College to enhance the learning experience;
f. Attend scheduled advising sessions, tutorials, and other appointments. Cancel or reschedule only with good reasons as early as possible;
g. Arrive prepared for tutorial sessions, bringing all needed materials (books, syllabi, rough drafts, calculators, assignment sheets, etc.).

D. Textbook Availability

A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.
Purchase textbooks and required supplies in a timely manner. If your course uses Instructional Materials Direct (IMD) or Open Educational Resources (OER), please do not buy textbook. The Instructional Materials (IM) charge will appear on your Tuition and Fees balance.

E. Licensed Concealed Campus Carry G.1.4.5 (Procedure) Rules Limiting Licensed Concealed Carry of Handguns

No open carry of firearms is allowed on all property owned, controlled, or leased by the College District, including vehicles operated by the Alamo Colleges District. Concealed carry of a handgun by persons licensed to carry may not be restricted except in locations signed as prohibited areas.

  • Special testing locations requiring a complete surrender of personal effects during testing will be signed as prohibited areas.
    • Persons may be required to place their purse, backpack or briefcase away from their person, but within their view during tests at the direction of their instructor or test administrator.
    • License holders carrying on campus intending to access prohibited areas must leave their weapons locked in their vehicles. College lockers are not authorized for storage of handguns by license holders.

Disciplinary Sanctions

Open carry, intentional display, unlicensed carry, and carry in spite of signed prohibition are subject to employee and student discipline, as well as possible prosecution. Unintentional display of a weapon by a license holder must be avoided. Police will exercise enforcement at their discretion.
If you see a person openly carrying or deliberately displaying a firearm:
         • Call the Alamo Colleges District Police 210-485-0911.
         • Do not confront the person or ask if the person has a permit.

F. Title IX policy

Information and policy regarding Title IX, Civil Rights Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation can be found in Board Policy H.1.2.

While other exams are given at the discretion of the instructor, a final assessment is given at the end of each semester for each course. The Final Exam Schedule changes with each term and differs from normal class meeting dates and times. See the Final Exam Schedule in the Catalog/Schedule of Classes in the left hand navigation bar.

A student who must be absent from a final evaluation should petition that instructor for permission to postpone the evaluation. A student absent without permission from a final evaluation will be given a grade of a "0" on the exam.

Incomplete Grades

The conditional grade of “I” may be issued to a student having a passing average on all completed coursework but for a justified reason, such as illness or death in the family or by providential hindrance, has been prevented from taking the final examination or completing other required coursework. The “I” becomes an “F” in one hundred twenty (120) calendar days from the end of the term unless the student completes the balance of the coursework with a performance grade of “D” or higher. Re-enrollment in the course will not resolve the “I.” Students may be required to sign an agreement outlining the requirements to satisfactorily complete the course.


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