Economic Geography

The American University of Rome

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Economic Geography

  • Host University

    The American University of Rome

  • Location

    Rome, Italy

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ECO 212 or permission of the instructor

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    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

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