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Archived Version 2021 - 2022

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module provides students with a contemporary approach to the study of economic geography and the shifting landscape of geopolitics; including the study of approaches towards greater economic development and the globalisation of production and services. The module provides a conceptual background to the topic of economic geography before focusing on specific applied topics including the spatial organization of economic activities across regions and the globe. Applied topics include the evolving configuration of new global value chains and International trade flows. Additionally, the module examines how change and transformation impacts upon global networks and how knowledge flows are re-shaping interactions between both organisations and countries. To complement the above, the module also examines current issues, trends, and debates relating to Geopolitics - including simultaneous trends of both economic integration and trade wars.

Learning Outcomes

1. To understand underlying factors driving spatial economic differences in the age of globalization.
2. To critically engage with contemporary issues and debates in economic geography.
3. To understand the role of knowledge and financial flows from, and to, emerging economies.
4. To examine evolving global value chains and shifts in labour migration.
5. To discuss, debate and critique current contemporary issues in Geopolitics.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Lectures & Seminars
Independent Study30Assigned readings
Group work25Group work for completion of group project.
Independent Study48Study and synthesis of course materials and additional readings for individual assignment.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Indicative topics:
Introduction to economic geography. Regional and Global economic development. Global value chains & International knowledge flows. Geography of Finance & Financial flows. Labour migration. Understanding the causes of uneven economic growth and agglomeration.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Coe, Neil M; Yeung, Henry Wai-Chung; Kelly, Philip F: 2013, Economic geography: a contemporary introduction., 2nd, Wiley,
Other Resources

45988, 0, Additionally, a number of journals and databases will also be utilized, eg, OECD, Business Source Complete, Economist Intelligence Unit, Journal of Economic Geography, Economic Geography, International Business Studies, Journal of World Business.,
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