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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Geography

GEOG2641: ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY

Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham

Prerequisites

  • None

Corequisites

  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None

Aims

  • Introduce students to developments and approaches in the academic field of economic geography
  • Promote an appreciation of the changing and diverse ways in which geographers have theorized, conceptualized and debated the economic
  • Develop understandings of the places and spaces of economies across the Global North and the Global South
  • Engage critically in issues in contemporary economic geography, with reference to particular economic ‘worlds’ such as worlds of production, worlds of services, worlds of markets, worlds of work, worlds of finance, worlds of debt, worlds of money, and/or digital economic worlds.

Content

  • Typical topics include:
  • What is the ‘economy’?
  • Corporations and Global Production Networks
  • States, Governments and Production
  • Commodities, Exchanges and Market Circulations
  • Consumption and consumer markets
  • Financial Markets and Financial Centres
  • Financialisation and Economic Life
  • Conflict and Cooperation at Work
  • Embodiment of Work
  • Digital Economic Circulations
  • Services and Retail Geographies
  • Debt, Money and Everyday Geographies

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students are expected to be able to:
  • Trace the development of the academic field of economic geography
  • Understand key theories, concepts and debates in economic geography
  • Show an appreciation of the ways in which place and space matters in global economies
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Students are expected to be able to:
  • Understand and synthesize key literatures in economic geography
  • Reflect critically about issues in contemporary economic geography, with reference to particular economic-geographical ‘worlds’ (e.g. production, work, services, markets, finance, debt, money, and/or digital economic worlds)
Key Skills:
  • Students are expected to be able to:
  • Demonstrate expertise in critical reflection and analysis
  • Communicate effectively in written form
  • Evaluate sources of evidence in contemporary public economic debates
  • Demonstrate an ability to formulate critical and sophisticated arguments

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures will introduce students to the academic field of economic geography, theoretical and conceptual debates, and contemporary issues in economic-geographical ‘worlds’ (e.g. production, work, services, markets, finance, debt, money, and/or digital economies).
  • Student small group formative discussions in workshops will allow students to collectively work through theoretical and conceptual understandings introduced in lectures and apply such understandings to contemporary issues
  • Formative feedback will be provided on student group-based directed online active learning tasks about the first two economic-geographical worlds studied on the module in Term 1, feeding into summative coursework essays.
  • Student groups will make formative presentations to the class conference held at the conclusion of the module, developing oral presentation and team-working skills and facilitating their critical reflections on the key concepts in contemporary economic geography studied in the module that will feed forward into the unseen examination.
  • Summative coursework (essay, 50%), to be submitted in the first week of Term 2, will assess understandings of the places and spaces of one of the first two economic-geographical ‘worlds’ studied on the module
  • Online 24 hour unseen examination (50%) will test critical understanding of concepts and critical thinking with particular reference to all economic-geographical ‘worlds’ studied on the module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 13 Weekly (unless workshop or class conference) 2 hours 26
Revision Class 1 Term 3 1 hour 1
Workshops 5 Approx 3 per term 2 hour 10
Class Conference Seminar 2 Term 2 or 3 2 hours 4
Directed online active learning tasks 2 Term 1 only 4 hours 8
Preparation and Reading 151
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Online 24 hour unseen examination 2 hours (recommended) 100%
Component: Coursework Essay Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Coursework Essay Max 5 sides A4 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment is provided through feedback on: group-based directed online active learning tasks in Term 1 of the modulesmall group discussions in the workshops occurring across the module; and presentations to the class conference that will be held at the conclusion of Term 2 of the module. Feedback on the small group workshop discussion board contributionss will be about developing understanding of specific topics and concepts covered in the first two economic-geographical worlds studied on the module, and linking concepts to examples in ways that, and will inform the first coursework component of summative assessment (essay) in particular. Feedback on class conference group presentations will inform the second component of summative assessment (unseen written examination).


Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University



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