Course Description

Course Name

Economic Geography

Session: VRMU3122

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

ECO 212 or permission of the instructor

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Economic Geography is the study of the location, distribution and spatial organization of economic activities across the globe. The first part of the course will introduce students to value chain analysis by tracing commodity production through space from raw materials to final consumption and disposal (e.g. the iPhone is designed in California and made in China). Students will learn: how to map a value chain; analyze its governance structure; understand the distribution of value across production stages; identify strategies for upgrading; and evaluate the effects of formal and informal standards on quality and safety. In the second part of the course, students will learn about regional specialization and local innovation systems with a focus on policies and practices. From a theoretical point of view, students will critically discuss the causes and implications of these uneven geographies of production with a focus on space-shrinking technologies, labor rights and codes of conduct, resource appropriation and environmental stress. 3 credit hour

*Course content subject to change