Globalisation: Cities, Economies

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Globalisation: Cities, Economies

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Development Studies, Geography, Urban Studies and Planning

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Either GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 and SOCS2400.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    GEOG3240 analyses the ways that globalisation has drastically changed the contemporary geography of cities and economies in the context of new global flows of finance, goods, services and ideas. GEOG3240 builds understandings of the rise in power of global cities, the new forms of governance which control them and their intersection with global networks. The course also explores the development of new global geographies of production and consumption. Common themes in the subject include the discursive constructions of globalisation, the nature and effects of technological change, systems of governance, the operations of enterprises, markets and labour markets, the impacts of changes on disadvantaged groups and the possibilities for progressive futures.
    1. Skills to analyse the processes and impacts of change in urban and regional economic spaces at a variety of scales;
    2. Skills to analyse the processes of urban and economic change as effected by globalisation;
    3. Knowledge of the major debates and conceptual approaches and theories regarding the nature of economic and urban changes in the contemporary global period;
    4. The ability to examine a range of methodologies and approaches appropriate to the study of urban and economic change;
    5. Developed geographical skills and competencies transferable to other subject and employment areas, including the interpretation of subjective data sources; the presentation of material, data interpretation, critical evaluation, essay writing (analysis and synthesis); oral presentation and performance skills and an ability to work in groups and individually.
    The empirical evidence for globalisation
    Theoretical understandings of globalisation
    Networks and global cities
    Internal functioning and governance of global cities
    The operation of the global economy
    Spatial impacts of economic globalisation
    New economic spaces
    The nature and operation of the enterprise
    Urban markets and labour markets
    Either GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 and SOCS2400.
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Assignment
    Essay: Essay 1
    Essay: Essay 2
    Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.