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GEOG2034 Economic Geography

Module Overview

The module will provide a foundation in contemporary economic geography, focusing on the ways in which economic, political and social processes construct the profound diversity of modern economic life.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Provide students with a foundation course in contemporary economic geography, focusing on the ways in which economic, political and social processes construct the profound diversity of modern economic life • To examine processes of change and transformation that are reshaping contemporary economic spaces at a range of different scales • To understand the causes of uneven economic growth and agglomeration and how these are interacting with the spread and intensification of production networks, knowledge flows and new technologies • Provide an understanding of concepts, themes and issues in economic geography that students may wish to develop through dissertation research

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the processes driving spatial economic differences in a global era, and the roles of key actors such as transnational firms and the state.
  • Abstract and utilise information on economic change from a range of different sources.
  • Structure conceptual and empirical geographical material into a reasoned and justified argument.
  • Understand theoretical perspectives on economic geography and the causes of key transitions in the nature of the contemporary space economy.
  • Understand the ways in which geography is integral to contemporary innovation, economic knowledge, creativity and production.
  • Understand the relationships between production, value, knowledge and innovation as they shape particular economic places.
  • Pursue knowledge in an in-depth, organised and logical way.
  • Produce two well-researched, fluent and comprehensive written projects.
  • Design and complete two substantial essays in economic geography to a high standard.
  • Understand and analyse critically literature on key contemporary themes and transformations economic geography.
  • Evaluate the merits of alternative theories and approaches in economic geography.


The course is likely to cover these topics: 1. Introduction – cities and uneven development? 2. Vibrant cities - people or jobs? 3. Specialization and agglomeration 4. Why don't we get convergent development? 5. Turbulence and dispersal 6. Transnationals and global production networks 7. Money and Financialization 8. Case Study: The Economic Geography of the UK 9. Economy and Nature 10. An Alternative Social Economy? Geographies of Social Enterprise

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is delivered via lectures and your learning will be supported by independent study.

Independent Study120
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Coe, N., Kelly, P. and Yeung, H. (2013). Economic Geography: A Contemporary Introduction. 



MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 50%
Essay 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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