This course is a renewal of the course “Economic Geography”.
In this course the students first are made familiar with the object of the economic geography and particularities of the geographic research method.
An important part of the course is to give an overview of the location theories for the different economic sectors. First, the classical theories will be presented and its modern interpretation briefly discussed. Via the classical theories (amongst others those of Von Thünen, Weber, Christaller, Alonso-Muth) the students will acquire the basic concepts to describe the regional dimension of economical processes and the methods to be able to find explanations.
In the following part attention will be given to topics of urban geography and city economics: the classical city models, theory of agglomeration advantages and disadvantages. Associated with this part is also a one-day excursion (London of Paris) with a self study package.
The course ends with an introduction to the classical regional-economic theories (Perroux, Myrdal, Center-Periphery).