Economic Geography

Economic Geography, photo: Erika Wittlieb

Course ID: 
ECO_240
Semester: 
Year of Study: 
For Erasmus Students: 
No

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course it is expected that the students will have developed adequate knowledge of:

  • The cornerstones in the historical development of Economic Geography, its methodology and research orientations from 19th century to contemporary era, through the sussession of different “Paradigms” or schools of thought.
  • The geographical dimensions of economic activities, the processes of industrialization and mass production (Fordism-Taylorism) in space, the theories of the location of industries and those of balanced and uneven spatial development.
  • The processes of crisis and restructuring of Fordism, the development of the post-Fordist regime of flexible accumulation and its spatial configurations, the development of business networks and clusters in spaces and localities, the geographical aspects of economic globalization, the geographies of service industries and the development of postindustrial and postmodern urban centres.

Course Contents

Epistemological turns and critical debates in the historic development of Economic Geography. The spatial dimensions of economic activities. Industrialization, mass production and spatial structures. Classical location theories. Theoretical approaches to balanced and uneven spatial development. The crisis of Fordism, de-industrialization and their spatial effects. Flexible accumulation, business networks/clusters, and neo-Marshallian industrial districts. Economic globalization through the prism of critical Economic Geography. The restructuring of capitalism and the development of postindustrial and postmodern cities.

Teaching Activities

Lectures (2 hours per week)

Teaching Organization

Activity

Semester workload

Lectures (3 hours/week x 13 weeks)

39 hours

Independent study (including the study necessary for the assignments)

111 hours

Total number of hours for the Course (25 hours of work-load per ECTS credit)

150 hours (total student work-load)

Assessment

The students’ assessment is based upon: (1) written exams at the end of the semester (60% of the final course grade) and (2) group assignments/written essays that each student group must present and discuss in the class (40% of the final course grade)*. The above percentages may change depending on the level of difficulty of the assignments.

The evaluation criteria are presented orally during the introductory course lecture and are clearly defined in the “course guide” which is uploaded in e-class (and therefore easily assessible to the enrolled students). In the e-class the students can also find a “guide for successful work presentation” in which the relating guidelines and criteria are clearly defined.

[* In order for the assignment grade to “count” in the final course grade, the student should get at least the grade 5.0 in the final written exam].

Use of ICT

  • Use of PowerPoint during lectures
  • Lecturing notes are uploaded in e-class in the form of pdf files, which the enrolled students can freely download and study
  • Bibliographical material (scientific articles and book chapters) in pdf files, is regularly uploaded in e-class, which the enrolled students can freely download and study
  • Other information and announcements concerning the course are regularly uploaded in e-class
  • Distant communication with students (when needed) takes place via e-mail

Course Info

Teaching Hours: 
3 hours per week
ECTS Credits: 
6.00
Teaching Credits: 
3.00
Weight: 
1.50
Language: 
Teaching Method: 

Reading List

Reading Recommendations: 
Harvey, D. (2009) Η Κατάσταση της Μετανεωτερικότητας: Διερεύνηση των Απαρχών της Πολιτισμικής Μεταβολής. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
Κουρλιούρος H. (2011) Διαδρομές στις Θεωρίες του Χώρου: Οικονομική Γεωγραφία της Παραγωγικής Αναδιάρθρωσης και της Άνισης Ανάπτυξης. Αθήνα: Προπομπός.