CP0211 - Spaces of Production: Economic Geography

SchoolCardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department CodeGEOPL0
Module CodeCP0211
External Subject CodeL721
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Crispian Fuller
SemesterAutumn Semester
Academic Year2016/7

Outline Description of Module

This module is about the spatial dimensions of economic activity - i.e. why and where businesses create jobs and wealth, where people work and earn money, how and where firms create jobs and wealth, and the role of the state in shaping the geographies of economies. The module primarily focuses on analysing manufacturing and service sectors, using contemporary economic geography perspectives. It also considers the role of different actors (such as large transnational firms and governments) in shaping the geography of economic activity. The module uses lectures to introduce key analytical ideas, concepts and readings, and uses workshops and discussions to enable students to understand and explore these ideas in more detail.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

This module will be taught over one semester and is divided into topics, with each topic time-tabled for one week. Each topic has one two-hour lecture session in which theoretical ideas, key concepts and debates are introduced, explained and illustrated. There will also be regular one hour seminar sessions or interactive workshops, in which students explore and discuss the application of these ideas through small group discussions, video presentations and case studies. Compulsory guided reading associated with each topic will be provided to supplement and deepen the taught component. This will be met, in part, through the application of e-learning and interactive Learning Central software.

Skills that will be practised and developed






How the module will be assessed

Central to this module is the development of students’ ability to describe, define, understand and critically evaluate key theories and debates in economic geography and explore their empirical relevance. They are assessed through written methods but there is room for flexibility here by setting alternative, comparable assessments.


This module will be assessed by two pieces of written coursework each of which will constitute 50% of the final assessment.


The first assessment consists of a piece of written work exploring on a debate around one of the key concepts in economic geography with a case study industry as illustration (2,000 words).


The second assessment consists of an essay (2,000 words)







Written case study









Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 50
Case Study
N/A 1 N/A
Written Assessment 50
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

  1. Introduction to the meaning and scope of economic geography.

  2. Commodity Chains: Where does your breakfast come from?

  3. Transnational corporations

  4. New industrial spaces

  5. Innovation, learning and the knowledge economy

  6. Culture as commodity: the ‘creative classes’

  7. Alternativespaces of production

  8. Uneven development: the UK’s economic geography and north-south divide

  9. The changing nature of employment

  10. The state in economic space: Who runs the economy?

Essential Reading and Resource List

Coe, N., Kelly, P. and Wai-chung Yeung, H. (2007) Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction, Blackwell: Oxford.


Mackinnon, D. and Cumbers, A. (2011) An Introduction to Economic Geography: Globalization, Uneven Development and Place, Second Edition; Prentice Hall: London.

Background Reading and Resource List

Clark, G., Feldman, M. and Gertler, M.S. (eds) (2000) A Handbook of Economic Geography. Oxford University Press, Oxford.


Coe, N.M. and Jones, A. (2010) (eds) The Economic Geography of the UK. Sage: London.


Dicken, P. (2010) Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. Sixth Edition, Sage: London.


McCann P (2001) Urban and Regional Economics. Oxford: OUP


Pike, A., Rodrígues-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. (2006) Local and Regional Development.  London: Routledge.


Sheppard, E. and Barnes, T.J. (eds) (2000) A Companion to Economic Geography, Blackwell, Oxford.




Please note that specific reading will also be given with each topic

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