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Minor Local Impacts of Globalization

Academic year 2020-2021, semester 1b

Offered by: Faculty of Spatial Sciences

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This minor contains the courses Economic Geography and the Geographies of the United States. In both, we take economic globalization as a backdrop and ask the question how this influences socio-economic development and we will argue that globalization has very distinct impacts across groups of people and places. The impact concerns economic outcomes, including poverty, unemployment and innovation. It also shows, however, in other aspects including well-being, happiness and voting behaviour of people. It is advised to choose a research project concerning globalization.

For whom?

The minor is open to every non-FSS third-year student. The minor is taught in English.


Register for the minor in Progress. This is open until August 1st. The course registration for Economic Geography and Geographies of the US opens on October 12.

Course programme Minor Local Impacts of Globalization

Course Semester ECTS
Economic Geography 1b 10 ECTS
Geographies of the United States* 1b 5 ECTS

* Please note that in semester 1a another minor Urbanism Planning with a Special Focus on the US is taught. This minor also contains the course Geographies of the United States which is taught in 1a and 1b. This means that if you choose to take both minors, you will only receive 25 ECTS, which means this is not a complete minor.

We offer the following options:

1) Do assignment on urbanisation and/or geography of China in either semester 1A or 1B (depending on when you will take the Geographies of the United States-course)

2) Take a Statistics 1 course of 5 ECTS at our faculty in semester 1B

Please contact study advice ( to discuss the options.

Description of the courses

Economic Geography

Course coordinator: dr. Sierdjan Koster

Economic Geography answers the question why all major software firms in the world cluster in Silicon Valley, a desert-like valley with the size of the province of Utrecht. It helps you understand why the components for an I-Phone come from more than 10 countries spread across the globe. At the same time, and much closer to home, it addresses issues of local inequality. This course introduces Economic Geography and at the end of the course, you will be able to give an overview of its major fields of thought, use pertinent theories to understand and analyze real-world problems, describe the role of governments in economic processes, and explain how globalization frames economic development at all spatial scales.

Geographies of the United States

Course coordinator: dr. Peter Groote

In this course students will be working themselves on their understanding of long-term socio-spatial developments in the USA.

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