Study Abroad and Exchanges



GEO2114 : Economic Geographies: Semester 1 (study abroad)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


1. To introduce students to the distinctive identity of economic geography and conception of the economy.
2. To connect students with the research strengths and long tradition of economic geography research at Newcastle University, including the work of the internationally renowned Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies:\curds. Working together, staff at Newcastle represent one of the largest and most internationally prominent groups of economic geographers operating in Europe and beyond.
3. To provide students with an introduction into the theoretical base of contemporary economic geography research.
4. To provide students with an understanding of a broad range of dynamics within economic space, including spatial circuits of value and uneven development; geographies of money and finance; regulatory geographies; geographies of innovation and knowledge; geographies of commodity chains; retail geographies; and the geographies of nature and economy.
6. Illustrate these ideas with examples and case studies drawn from around the world and from a variety of economic sectors.
7. To build on concepts introduced at stage 1 in economic geography and a topical understanding of an interconnected world.
8. To better understand the policy–relevance of economic geography research.

Outline Of Syllabus


Theoretical Foundations
Lecture 1: A geographical perspective to the economy (SD)
Lecture 2: Does the economy really exist? (SD)
Lecture 3: Theorising economic geography I:
political-economy (JP)
Lecture 4: Theorising economic geography II:
institutional ‘turns’ (SD)
Lecture 5: Theorising economic geography III: cultural ‘turns’ (AH)
Lecture 6: Theorising economic geography IV: ‘evolutionary turns’ (AP)

Dynamics of Economic Space
Lecture 7: Spatial circuits of value and uneven development (AP)
Lecture 8: Money and finance (JP)
Lecture 9: Consumption (AH)
Lecture 10: Knowledge, learning and proximity (SD)
Lecture 11: Retail (AH)
Lecture 12 Economic geographies of the environment (SD)
Lecture 13: Alternative Economic Spaces (SD)

Small group sessions:
What makes (made?) Britain rich: the changing geography of our economy
What is economic geography?
Transnational retail corporations and global responsibilities
The Celtic Tiger: Boom to Bust

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study182:0082:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate theories and empirical material relating to different economic geographies and their dynamics

Small group teaching sessions combine specialist video illustrations of case studies (the UK economy, the Irish financial crisis) with an opportunity for more interactive, student-led discussion, analysis and presentation of relevant material. They also offer role play situations to rehearse some for the key challenges facing economic decision makers within the world of global retail. Finally, a further small group session allows for facilitated discussions and student-led presentations on key readings.

Assessment workshop offer interactive guidance on the coursework submission and an opportunity for Q&A

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1002000 word individual project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The one-semester student will produce a longer version of the project (2000 words for 100% of 10 credit module)which tests students’ ability to explore basic concepts and topics of economic geography in-depth, demanding critical reading and writing skills and an ability to gather and synthesise material.

An alternative form of assessment will be set for exchange students from non-English speaking home institutions replacing the examination. The alternative form of assessment is set in accordance with the University Assessment tariff.

Reading Lists