Economic Geography

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Economic Geography
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Economic Geography
Leerdoelen 1) summarize, explain and apply key Economic Geography theories and approaches: Classic location theories, behavioural and institutional approaches, evolutionary economic geography and new economic geography.
2) explain the drivers and outcomes of economic globalization, particularly in the context of key-themes in the field of Economic Geography: socio-economic inequality, firm location, innovation, human capital and labour markets, and environmental issues.
3) explain basic Macro- and Micro-economic principles and relate them to the context of economic geography: Markets and market failure, elasticities, (dis)economies of scale, utility and costs.
4) describe how economic activities at the local, regional, national and the global scale are interconnected.
5) identify, visualize and document empirical observations in relation to theoretical concepts.
Omschrijving 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. Why are Dutch cities increasingly segregated? And, how come some cities seem to thrive while other wither away. What can local policy makers do to stimulate entrepreneurship? In short, it studies both the distribution of economic phenomena across space and the question how places influence economic phenomena. It does so at multiple spatial scales.

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. To do this, the course is divided into three interrelated streams.

The first stream is the thematic stream and it tells the story of current issues that Economic Geography discusses. The argument is set in the overarching theme of globalization. It thus covers globalization processes, but also its implications for innovation, socio-economic inequality, environmental issues, clustering and human capital.

The second stream discusses the toolbox of Economic Geography; its theories and approaches that are used to analyze and better understand the real-world problems that we observe. As the theories have evolved over time, this stream also gives a chronological overview of the development of the field. It starts with classic location theories that date back to the 18th century and we finish with modern day theories about local economic development.

The third stream covers basic Economic Principles, including demand / supply, elasticities, markets and market failure, government involvement. As Economic Geography draws from the discipline of geography as well as from economics, an understanding of economic principles helps you analyze and discuss current issues related to globalization. At the same time, it allows you to grasp better the details of the theories used in economic geography.
Uren per week 10
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Learning communities, Lectures, Practicals
(And Virtual fieldwork + Perusall)
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Individual assignments digital, Interim test with multiple choice questions digital, Interim test with open questions digital
(And Virtual fieldwork)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator prof. dr. S. Koster
Docent(en) prof. dr. S. Koster ,Dr. D. Mantegazzi ,dr. F.J. Sijtsma
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Countours of the World Economy. The Guilford Press. 7th Edition. P. Dicken (2015) 9781462519552 ca. €  50,00
A small number of scientific articles announced at the start of the course.
Economics. Global Edition. Pearson, 2nd edition. Also available as E-book (ISBN: 9781292214559) Acemoglu, D., Laibson, D. & List, J.A. (2019) 9781292214504 ca. €  80,00
Dynamics in Economic Geography: Changing Views on Industrial Location and Regional Development. Coutinho. 1st Edition. O. Atzema, T. van Rietbergen, J. Lambooy en S. van Hoof (2014) 9789046903704 ca. €  25,00
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Planning) 1 semester I b verplicht
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 1 semester I b verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Economic Geography) - semester I b verplicht