|School||Cardiff School of Planning and Geography|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Professor Robert Huggins|
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
• Demonstrate a critical understanding of theoretical debates about the social processes and spatial patterns of innovation and uneven economic development
• Understand and show the extent to which innovation and economic development are embedded in social and cultural contexts
• Appreciate the significance of networks in the generation and dissemination of information and knowledge
• Crtically Eevaluate the role of public policy in either fostering or frustrating innovation and economic development
• Appreciate the scope for/barriers to sub-national state action in fostering innovation and development
This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.
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.
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.
Seminar Individual Contribution
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.
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