CPT888 - Urban and Regional Dynamics

SchoolCardiff School of Geography and Planning
Department CodeGEOPL0
Module CodeCPT888
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Crispian Fuller
SemesterAutumn Semester
Academic Year2016/7

Outline Description of Module

This module explores the key concepts, thinkers and theories of uneven spatial development from the “classics” (Marx, Schumpeter, Myrdal, Hirschman etc) to contemporary perspectives (including new economic geography and evolutionary economic geography). The module addresses some of the most urgent questions in economic geography today. Why are some firms and places more creative, more dynamic and more innovative than others? Does globalization spell the “death of distance” and the “end of geography” as some theorist claim? Alternatively, is the clustering of economic activity a sign that geographical proximity (face-to-face contact) remains an important feature of knowledge exchange and trust-building despite the growth of distance-shrinking technologies like the internet? Drawing on these concepts and theories, the module examines the strategies of actual cities, regions and city-regions in the world economy to assess if these ideas help us to better understand why some places are more dynamic than others.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

How the module will be delivered

 This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Skills that will be practised and developed

On completion of the course the student should:

·         Be able to mobilise theoretically-informed arguments and relate them to empirical material.

·         Possess a good knowledge of the key processes at play in the case study of urban and regional development.

·         Be aware of the transferability and scalability of these processes across urban and regional environments.

·         Be able to present empirical and theoretical material to convey a solid understanding of contemporary issues in urban and regional development. 

How the module will be assessed


Essay - 90%
Seminar Presentation - 10%


The opportunity for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 90
N/A 1 N/A
Presentation 10
Seminar Presentation
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The module pre-supposes that students have no prior understanding of theories of innovation, economic geography and uneven spatial development. As a result the module starts with the classic texts on economic development from the 19th and 20th centuries, beginning with Marx and Schumpeter, covering Myrdal and Hirschman and including contemporary texts on the new economic geography and evolutionary economic geography. Following these conceptual foundations, the module moves on to consider the strategies of actual cities and regions in the context of the place-based approach to urban and regional innovation and development.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Pike, A., Rodriguez-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. (eds) (2010)The Handbook of Local and Regional Development, Routledge

Background Reading and Resource List

Amin, A and Cohendet, P (2004)Architectures of Knowledge: Firms, Capabilities and Communities, OUP

Bristow, G (2010) Critical Reflections on Regional Competitiveness, Routledge

Coe, N et al (2007)Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction, Blackwell

Cooke, P and Morgan K (2000)The Associational Economy: Firms, Regions and Innovation, OUP

Cooke, P (2002)Knowledge Economies: Clusters, Learning and Cooperative Advantage, Routledge

Cooke, P (ed) (2013) Reframing Regional Development: Evolution, Innovation, Transition, Routledge

Florida, R (2003)The Rise of the Creative Class, Basic Books

Glaeser, E (2011)Triumph of the City, Macmillan

Hirschman, A (1958) The Strategy of Economic Development, Yale University Press

Huggins, R and Izushi, H (2007)Competing for Knowledge: Creating, Connecting and Growing, Routledge

Marx, K (1976) Capital Volume 1: A Critique of Political Economy, Penguin

Malecki, E (1997)Technology and Economic Development, Longman

Morgan, K (1997)The Learning Region: Institutions, Innovation and Regional Renewal,Regional Studies 31

Morgan, K (2004) The Exaggerated Death of Geography,Journal of Economic Geography, Volume 4/1

Myrdal, G (1963) Economic Theory and Underdeveloped Regions, Methuen

Porter, M (1998)Clusters and the New Economics of Competition,Harvard Business Review, November – December

Saxenian, A (1996)Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128, Harvard University Press

Schumpeter, J (2011) Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Martino Publishing

Storper, M (1997)The Regional World: Territorial Development in a Global Economy, Guilford

Zook, M (2005)The Geography of the Internet Industry, Wiley

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