Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Economic Geography

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This unit deals with the study of the ways in which spatial variations in the distribution and composition of wealth is related to the nature of places. The global spread of economic activities concentrates on the Mediterranean, Near and Middle East situations as compared to the situation in Europe and Africa linking theories pertaining to the factors that influence the location. The unit also deals with the primary sector of industry - agriculture, fishing and quarrying; the secondary sector - manufacturing industry; the tertiary industry - tourism and services; the quaternary industry - banking and finance; and the quinary sector - health, culture and research.

Study-unit Aims:

The aims of the study-unit are to:
- define the five main sectors of the economy,
- provide an explanation for the unevendevelopment in the global economy,
- provide an explanation for the importance of the maritime industry in the world economy.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- define the economic geography of adjacent states,
- identify the main investment trends of the economy in a number of states.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- use numerical data to explain spatial similarities and differences between countries,
- identify the overlaps between the main economic sectors,
- evaluate possible scenarios for future development.

Reading List:

Clark, G.L. Feldman, M.P. and Gertler, M. (2003) The Oxford handbook of economic geography. OUP, Oxford.
Coe, N.M. et al (2007) Economic Geography: a contemporary introduction. Blackwell Publishing.
Dicken, P. (2004) Global Shift. Sage Publications London.
World Bank (2009) World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography World Bank.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Fieldwork SEM1 No 50%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Deborah Mifsud
John A. Schembri

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