Global Opportunities

GEO2114 : Economic Geographies (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)

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

Lectures covering the following areas:

PART I Intro and theoretical foundations of Economic Geography
PART II Key Actors

Seminars will explore these topics in more depth, including through case studies

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00Delivered PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture12:002:00PiP Intro lecture
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading182:0082:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Delivered PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Online drop-in surgery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time11:001:00Assessment guidance (online)
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2099Economic Geography
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 with an opportunity for more interactive, student-led discussion, analysis and presentation of relevant material.

Opportunities for Q&A will be provided through one-on- one consultation via Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M1001600 word individual project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The one-semester student will produce a version of the project 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.

Reading Lists