CPT888 - Urban and Regional Dynamics

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT888
External Subject CodeK400
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Pauline Card
SemesterAutumn Semester
Academic Year2013/4

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

 The lecture and seminar discussions offer students the opportunity to develop communication and presentation skills.

How the module will be assessed

Essay - 90%

Seminar contribution - 10%

Assessment Breakdown

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

Syllabus content

The module pres-supposes that students have no prior understanding of theories of innovation, economic geography and uneven spatial development. As a result the module begins 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

 Indicative 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 

Pike, A et al (eds) (2010)The Handbook of Local and Regional Development, Routledge 

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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