Syllabus for Economic Geography: Local Milieus for Innovations and Industrial Competitiveness

Ekonomisk geografi: lokal innovationsmiljö och industriell konkurrenskraft

  • 7.5 credits
  • Course code: 2KU503
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Social and Economic Geography A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2007-01-24
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Social Sciences
  • Revised: 2014-12-18
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: week 04, 2015
  • Entry requirements: A Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, in social science
  • Responsible department: Department of Social and Economic Geography

Decisions and guidelines

The course is compulsory in the Master in Social Sciences with a specialisation in Human Geography. The course is compulsory in the Master's program 60 credits in Social Analysis of Economy and Organisation. The course can also be taken by students at other Masters or as a separate course.

Learning outcomes

Economic geography aims to describe and explain the spatial organisation of society and the physical, economic and social processes that shape and change resource utilisation, industry, urban and rural forms and social patterns and organisational forms in different geographical environments. The course aims to train students to analyse problems using human geographic theory and methodology, thus providing conditions for work in areas with a growing need for social scientists with human geographic education, such as central and local government, organisations and businesses. The program places particular emphasis on the integration of knowledge about the location, design and planning in the public sector with knowledge of business location conditions, forms of organisation and regional structure. Education in human geography is marked by an interaction between an international and a national perspective

After completing the course, students should:
- Possess knowledge on research issues, concepts and theories in modern economic geography
- Be familiar with and be able to use the concepts of regional specialisation, agglomeration, networks, clusters and regional innovation, cultural industries and creativity geography, uneven regional development, and industrial and innovation policies
- Analyse social problems through economic-geographic theory and methodology
- Actively and independently contribute to seminar discussions and conduct presentations of articles and of their own work
- Independently formulate and treat a scientific problem that economic geographical issues are in focus.


This course provides an introduction to the research questions, concepts and theories of modern economic geography. The course covers the following themes: regional specialisation, agglomeration, networks, clusters and regional innovation systems, cultural industries and creativity geography, uneven regional development, and industrial and innovation policies. It highlights the on-going debates around globalisation with emphasis on the relationship between local roots and global dependence and regional innovation systems. The course is aimed at students who have a major subject in human geography, but also at other social scientists and economists with an interest in business and technology development; industrial innovation processes; effects of economic integration and globalisation.


Teaching may consist of lectures, seminars, excursions, report writing and exercises.


Examination is both written and oral.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.