|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||L721|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Crispian Fuller|
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.
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.
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
Introduction to the meaning and scope of economic geography.
Commodity Chains: Where does your breakfast come from?
New industrial spaces
Innovation, learning and the knowledge economy
Culture as commodity: the ‘creative classes’
Alternativespaces of production
Uneven development: the UK’s economic geography and north-south divide
The changing nature of employment
The state in economic space: Who runs the economy?
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.
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