Human Geography BA (A), Economic Geography - From Local to Global Perspectives, 7.5 credits


Human Geography BA (A), Economic Geography - From Local to Global Perspectives, 7.5 credits

General data

  • Code: KG025G
  • Subject/Main field: Human and Economic Geography
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (A)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Economics, Geography, Law and Tourism
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 9/24/2012
  • Date of change: 2/9/2022
  • Version valid from: 1/9/2022


This course aims to provide basic knowledge relating to economic geography both from a theoretical as well as a method-oriented point of view. The course investigates the forces shaping the development of the global economy by focusing specifically on the spatial distribution and interaction of economic activities in the contemporary era.

Course objectives

Upon completing the course, the student must
• be able to explain key concepts in economic geography and show an understanding of basic economic-geographical theories and methods
• be able to provide an overview of the development of the world economy for the period between the second half of the 20th century up to the present day, and exemplify how this development also entailed economic-geographical changes, consequences, and effects
• by applying economic-geographical theories, concepts and methods be able to analyze current events of importance to the economy at local, regional, national, and international levels


This course focuses on the spatial characteristics of economic activities. Issues covered include uneven geographic development, spatial division of labor, local and regional consequences and effects of increasing and internationalized competition, regional differences in innovation capacity, and structural transformations and their consequences for local and regional economies. During the course, particular attention is paid towards understanding how economic activities, actors and processes at different scales are related to each other: what are the links between clusters at the local level and an increasingly global network economy; what socio-economic relations connect one’s existence with various ethnic groups around the world? Additional issues that are addressed include: what roles do locally and regionally specific knowledge and resources play in asserting themselves in an internationalized economy and securing employment, growth, and welfare? What are the mechanisms behind a spatial division of labor? What are the advantages and disadvantages of a spatial division of labor and for whom?

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + Mathematics course 2 and Social Studies course 1 from Swedish Upper Secondary School (Gymnasium) or equivalent

Selection rules and procedures

The selection process is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching takes place remotely using Mid Sweden University's web-based system. The course contain various assignments and discussions that are reported on an ongoing basis.

Teaching and feedback is in English.

Examination form

0010: Individual exam, 2.0 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

0020: Term paper, 4.0 Credits
Grade scale: Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

0030: Seminar, 1.5 Credits
Grade scale: Fail (U) or Pass (G)

At home examinations or other written assignments, a complementary oral presentation may be requested by the teacher. The student should hence demonstrate the necessary knowledge to ensure that the student is the actual sender and the author of the written work.

Link to subject-specific grading criteria:

If a student has a decision from the coordinator at Mid Sweden University on pedagogical support in the event of a disability, the examiner has the right to provide an adapted examination for the student.

Grading system

Seven-grade scale, A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F. Fx and F represent fail levels.

Other information

Web-based course – This course is web-based and requires connection to a computer with internet connection, camera and headphones.

Course certificates, credits, appeals, etc. are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance.

Course reading

Reference literature

  • Author: Coe, Neil, Kelly, Philip F. & Yeung, Henry W.C.
  • Title: Economic Geography: A contemporary introduction
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Publisher: Wiley Blackwood

Required literature

  • Author: Barnes, Trevor & Christophers, Brett
  • Title: Economic Geography: A Critical Introduction
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan
  • Publisher: Wiley Blackwood
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