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Bachelor 2020/2021

Economic Geography

Area of studies: Public Policy and Social Sciences
When: 1 year, 3 module
Mode of studies: offline
Open to: students of one campus
Instructors: Artem Altukhov
Language: English
ECTS credits: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

Economic geography is a one-module mandatory course offered to the first-year students of the program. The course purports to introduce the students to the geographical mode of thinking in application to various economic phenomena. Thus, we will consider pressing global questions such as how economic change, past and recent, has been shaped by geography and how historical processes affect the economic and social geography of modern societies. After discussing the scope, method, and key theoretical approaches in the subject, the course reviews comparative economic systems and the history of their evolution. Using geographical dimensions of space, place, location, and scale, we then explore different mechanisms of capitalist economy: agricultural, manufacturing, and services production, labor and capital markets, spatial patterns of consumption and trade. Matters of economic development, growth, and integration are also addressed, inasmuch as these are related to geographical conditions of the countries.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce the students to the geographical mode of thinking in application to various economic phenomena;
  • Acquaint the students with the logic of capitalist economic development and its spatial and historical drivers, as well as conventional measures thereof;
  • Survey alternative (heterodox) theories of economic development;
  • Familiarize the students with the principal concepts of economic policymaking and provide a basic conceptual toolkit for their future studies and research in the broader economic domain.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate the applicability and importance of economic geography in analyzing the modes of societies’ and economies’ operation;
  • Explain, synthesize, and apply key concepts, techniques, and theoretical approaches in economic geography;
  • Establish and analyze spatial patterns of economic development;
  • Explain the role of historical, environmental, cultural, and other factors in determining economic activities.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction. The subject and key concepts of economic geography
  • Historical development of economic systems. The genesis of modern capitalism
  • Mechanics of the capitalist economy. Economic development: definitions, metrics, and theories
  • Primary sector activities. Resources and the resource curse
    First Grand Test
  • Geographies of labor and migration. Social structure
  • Geographies of capital. Financialization and global banking
  • Geographies of production. TNCs, MNCs, global value chains
  • Geographies of consumption
  • Economic openness, trade, and geography. Economic integration
    Second Grand Test. Final exam — group project presentations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In-class participation
  • non-blocking Quizzes
    Quizzes are offered at the beginning of each seminar and are based on the contents of the preceding lecture. A quiz consists of ten questions and lasts for no more than seven minutes. Questions may be of either multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer format.
  • non-blocking First Grand Test
    First and second Grand Tests are offered after fourth and ninth weeks, respectively. Each test is based on both the lectures and readings covered thitherto and consists of 40 questions with 30 minutes time allowed. Questions may be of either multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer format.
  • non-blocking Second Grand Test
    First and second Grand Tests are offered after fourth and ninth weeks, respectively. Each test is based on both the lectures and readings covered thitherto and consists of 40 questions with 30 minutes time allowed. Questions may be of either multiple-choice, true/false, or short-answer format.
  • non-blocking Final exam (group project)
    Due to the pandemic and temporary suspension of on-site activities, the final exam (presentations) will be evaluated based on an amended evaluation rubric. There will be no oral presentation via Zoom (defense) of projects; instead, students will have to evaluate a randomly chosen project individually, and the four total points previously pertaining to delivery and feedback will be awarded based on the following criteria: 1 point — your peer grade for a pre-assigned project matches mine ±1; zero points otherwise; *** 0 points — your feedback covers another project than pre-assigned to you OR your feedback is absent OR not submitted in time; 1 point — your feedback for the project is basic and rather superficial OR covers not all the parts of the project OR not all the criteria of the rubric; 2 points — feedback covers all the parts of the project AND all the criteria; 3 points — feedback covers all the parts of the project AND all the criteria as well as provides specific suggestions and ideas for improvement of each of the parts. The two parts above are independent, i.e., even if you miss the jury’s score, your feedback will still be evaluated.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * Final exam (group project) + 0.15 * First Grand Test + 0.3 * In-class participation + 0.2 * Quizzes + 0.15 * Second Grand Test
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Barnes Trevor J., Peck Jamie and Sheppard Eric The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Economic Geography [Book]. - Chichester : John Wiley & Sons, 2012.
  • Bhagat Rabi S., McDevitt Annette S. and Baliga B. Ram Global Organizations: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Future [Book]. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Clark Gordon L. [et al.] The New Oxford Handbook of Economic Geography [Book]. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Dinc Mustafa Introduction to Regional Economic Development [Book]. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015.
  • Dixon Adam D. The New Geography of Capitalism: Firms, Finance, and Society [Book]. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Sheppard Eric Limits to Globalization: The Disruptive Geographies of Capitalist Development [Book]. - Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cheshire Paul C., Nathan Max and Overman Henry G. Urban Economics and Urban Policy: Challenging Conventional Policy Wisdom [Book]. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2014.
  • Crescenzi Riccardo and Percoco Marco Geography, Institutions, and Regional Economic Performance [Book]. - Berlin : Springer, 2013.
  • Karlsson Charlie, Andersson Martin and Bjerke Lina Geographies of Growth: Innovations, Networks and Collaborations [Book]. - Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2017.
  • Khawar Mariam The Geography of Underdevelopment: Institutions and the Impact of Culture [Book]. - New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.