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GEO2099 : Economic Geography

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jessa Loomis
  • Lecturer: Professor Andy Pike, Dr Kean Fan Lim, Professor Stuart Dawley, Dr Emma Ormerod, Professor Danny MacKinnon, Dr Astrid Wood
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


1.       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.
2.       To provide students with an introduction into the theoretical base of contemporary economic geography research.
3.       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.
4.       To introduce and critically analyse a range of key factors in economic space including the state; Transnational corporations; labour and the workforce.
5.       Illustrate these ideas with examples and case studies drawn from around the world and from a variety of economic sectors.
6.       To build on concepts introduced at stage 1 in economic geography and a topical understanding of an interconnected world.
7.       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
PART III Core domains
PART IV Dynamics

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 ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Delivered PiP
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1167:00167:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Delivered PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Online drop-in surgery
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time21:002:00Assessment guidance (online)
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GEO2114Economic Geography (Semester 1 for Exchange Students)
GEO2143Economic Geography (Semester 2 for Exchange Students)
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
Essay1M401600 word individual Project
Essay2M602000 word research paper
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 1600 word essay tests students’ ability to explore subjects in-depth, demanding critical reading and writing skills and an ability to gather and synthesise material.

The final research essay tests students broad understanding of the key concepts introduced in the module while offering flexibility for innovative responses through research.

Reading Lists