Economic Geography

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2017/18
Vaknaam Economic Geography
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Economic Geography
Leerdoelen After successfully completing the course unit, students are able to (learning outcomes followed by the related outcome at programme level in brackets):
Students can apply economic geographical theories and concepts in the description and understanding of actual economic geographical developments, themes and policy (LO-2.F.; LO-3.B.). More specifically

1. Students can apply classic economic and economic‐geographical theories and key concepts that have been developed over time, such as the most important location theories, as well as diagrammatic‐analysis (LO-3.B.). These theories and concepts include (neo)classical economical geography, the behavioural, institutional and evolutionary approach within the economic geography, imperfect markets, economies of scale, a simple circular model of the economy, trade theory, the New Economic Geography and the differences in approaches and frameworks that come forward from this, such as e.g. regional labour markets, trade policies, real estate prices, portfolio strategies and entrepreneurship (LO-2.G.).
2. Students can relate academic research to policy at different spatial scale levels. The course actively engages with actual themes that are currently in discussion within spatial‐economic policy (LO-2.E.; LO-2.G.; LO-3.B.).
3. After finishing the course, students can apply a selection of descriptive and analytical methods used within the field of Economic Geography. Furthermore, they are able to work in groups and present their findings to a large group (LO-2.H.; LO-5.C.).
Omschrijving The central theme in the course is the connection between (classic) economic‐geography theory and actual economic‐geographical developments. Can we (better) understand and describe the actual developments with the use of theory?
This course incorporates a thorough introduction in the field of Economic Geography. This dynamic specialism will be defined and students learn to understand, recognize and employ important theories and concepts within Economic Geography. The course contains an introduction in general economics, which is to a large extent the backbone of economic geographical theories and trends.
The theories and concepts that will be discussed are –to start with ‐ the classic works on location theory, imperfect markets and (dis‐)economies of scale. We then discuss a number of macro‐ and regional economic development theories and their institutional policy implications, for example for the case of developing countries and clusters.
This is followed by introducing (international) trade theory, specialization and the New Economic Geography. We apply these insights to the current urban landscape and the location of industries. We conclude by the “modern thinkers”: the institutional, behavioural and evolutionary view, where we enrich our theories on the behaviour of firms, entrepreneurs, consumers and government. We apply these views to issues such as pollution, market failures and long term economic development.
Frequently, within the above treatment attention is given to the role of transport, as well as to the different role of factors of production: land, capital, labour and knowledge.
To activate students within this course and to train students in making the connection between theory and actual developments a range of educational tools will be offered. Besides regular lectures there will be practice assignments, workshops and seminars, a virtual fieldwork and individual and learning community based assignments. We expect students to have an interactive and proactive attitude.
Uren per week 12
Onderwijsvorm Gastcolleges, Hoorcolleges, Learning communities, Veldwerk, Werkcolleges
(And Virtual fieldwork)
Toetsvorm Groepsopdrachten, Individuele opdrachten digitaal, Mondelinge presentatie, Tentamen open opgaven, Tussentoets open opgaven
(And Virtual fieldwork digital)
Vaksoort propedeuse
Coördinator dr. A.E. Brouwer
Docent(en) dr. A.E. Brouwer , Guest lecturers ,dr. F.J. Sijtsma ,dr. V.A. Venhorst
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Several scientific articles. Self downloading and printing (approximately 25 pages).
Essentials of Economics. Note: this book will also be used in a second year course! J. Sloman and D. Garratt (2013) 9780273783794 ca. €  40,00
Dynamics in Economic Geography: Changing views on industrial location and regional development. O. Atzema, T. van Rietbergen, J. Lambooy en S. van Hoof (2014) 9789046903704 ca. €  25,00
Key concepts in Economic Geography. Note: this book will also be used in a second year course! Y. Oayama, J.T. Murphy and S. Hanson (2011) 9781847878953 ca. €  40,00
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning  (Basic programme Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning) 1 semester I b verplicht
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 1 semester I b verplicht