Geographies of Economies
Dublin City University
Area of Study
Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3
Hours & Credits
The aim of this module is to explore how and why economic geographers think geographically about the economy? Why do certain regions do better than other regions economically? We will explore key debates and theories in the following themes: the spatial evolution of the Irish economy since 1922; Fordism and Post-Fordism; globalisation and localisation, agglomeration economies, transnational corporations and their global geographies and production networks, foreign direct investment (FDI), indigenous enterprise, global city regions, the knowledge economy and development in the Global South. We will also assess the social aspects of economic geographies, labour flexib ility, ethnic economies and social entrepreneurship.
1. Recognise principal factors responsible for the spatial evolution of the Irish economy since 1922.
2. Analyse key processes shaping the spatial organisation of economic activity today locally and globally, and the impacts this has for the Global South.
3. Assess the ways in which globalisation has conditioned the profile, organisation and development of international production chains.
4. Delineate the role played by the knowledge economy and technology in reshaping the importance of global cities in economic development.
5. Profile the impact of economy activity on social lives through an exploration of gendered economic geographies, labour flexibility, ethnic economies and social entrepreneurship.