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Cursus: GEO1-3801
Geography in a Fast Changing Economy
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau1 (Bachelor Inleiding)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Sociale Geografie en Planologie;
Contactpersoondr. M.J. Smit
dr. N. Cortinovis
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. M.J. Smit
Overige cursussen docent
4-USE  (20-04-2020 t/m 26-06-2020)
TimeslotB: B (DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag)
Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 28-10-2019 08:00 t/m 24-11-2019 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 30-03-2020 08:00 t/m 31-03-2020 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
At the end of the course the student is:
  • familiar with the conceptual base of contemporary economic geography;
  • able to understand the essence and importance of geographical scale in economic processes;
  • able to describe and understand geographical concepts related to cities and regions;
  • able to describe and understand patterns and processes of spatial unevenness in economic activity and growth, and to critically judge differential ways to change unevenness.
The following aspects of academic research, reporting and effective oral presentation skills are covered in the course:
  • you learn to relay the above points orally in a systematic and clear manner to other course-participants;
  • you collect, select and analyse relevant data from various sources;
  • you compile written reports on project assignments;
  • you effectively present the findings of assignments.
The world is not flat; it is round and spiky – from the local to the global perspective, economic activity is unevenly distri­buted. This observation means economic processes are fundamentally territorial processes, and this is revealed in the diverging fortunes of local commu­nities, cities and regions. Hence, the nature of economic activity also varies from place to place. Place and space exert significant influence on the  territorial occurrence and characteristics of economic processes. Moreover, territorial pat­terns and processes of economic activity and growth are highly dynamic; they change over time. The fortunes of local commu­ni­ties, cities and regions change, and the process we call globalisation is the starting point, or perhaps the total, of these changes. However, while some see it as a process that reduces unevenness, others argue the opposite: they contend that while the landscape of spikes changes, the world remains spiky.

Economic geography is concerned with describing, understanding, explaining and influencing econo­mic territorial patterns and processes. For this pur­pose, from an identification of key actors, economic geography has developed a range of approaches and key concepts. This course offers an overview of these approaches and key concepts. Moving from the local/regional level to the global, main conceptual ideas on the spatial development of industries and of regions at various scales are discussed. This is done through the lens of main actors: firms/entrepreneurs, labour and institutions (many linked to the state). In addition, the spatial economy involves a wider societal ‘context’ surrounding economic processes: socio-cultural, institu­tional, and relational (network) patterns and characteristics. The course is also an introduction to geography as a wider discipline, and pays attention to the (economic) landscape of the Netherlands.

Throughout the discussion of approaches and key concepts participants will be engaged in discovering the value added of a bi-disciplinary (economics and geo­graphy) rather than a mono-disciplinary approach of economic processes. This will be done through the study of ‘real world’ cases in class, in tutorials, and in assignments, revealing the relevance of not just economic but also geographic questions with respect to recent global develop–ments. Also, participants will actively carry out project assignments that are not only literature based but also include a fieldtrip and fieldwork.
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • Economics and Business Economics
    • Economie en bedrijfseconomie
This course is primarily intended for students of the degree programmes “Economics and Business Economics” or “Economie en Bedrijfseconomie”. If you are enrolled in a different degree programme, for example as an exchange student in Geography, you are warmly invited to contact the course coordinator, who will typically allow you to enter the course – however, be aware that the space is sometimes limited, and basic understanding of geography and/or economics will come in handy.
Verplicht materiaal
Aoyama, Y., J.T. Murphy and S. Hanson (2011), Key Concepts in Economic Geography. London: Sage Publications. 224 pp (make sure you own the book before the course starts!).
Course manual



Minimum cijfer-

Exam (30%), individual assignments (20%), group presentations and participation (30%), group report (20%)

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