PLAN20090 Socio-Spatial Dynamics

Academic Year 2021/2022

This module examines the significant role geography plays as a platform for organizing resources and relationships for economic activity. The continued relevance of location in a knowledge-based globalized economy, which is based on technology and provides instant communication, may seem irrelevant and even paradoxical, but as the investigation into the determinants of national economic performance and prosperity will demonstrate, the importance of place remains. The analysis of broad patterns of economic organization and the institutional setting that facilitates trade liberalization, resulting in global production networks dominated by transnational corporations, provides insight into current controversies surrounding international trade and globalization. Specific case studies, including the global automobile industry, advanced business, logistics and distribution services, and in particular the impact of technological innovation on these, will further compliment our understanding of the contemporary global economy.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students will have:

• Become aware of how economic activities are organized within and across countries, and how this affects people and communities;
• Achieved a comprehension of the economic principles and geographical analysis tools that help us to understand the global economic map of the 21st century;
• Developed an understanding of the significant role technological innovation plays in shaping global production networks;
• Gained insight into the activities of transnational corporations in various global industry sectors.

Indicative Module Content:


Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Case-based Learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ1 Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ2 Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: MCQ3 Unspecified n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Essay: Essay Assignment Week 10 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Continuous feedback throughout the semester.


Dicken, Peter (2015) Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy. 7th edition, Sage, London.

Additional topic specific readings will be drawn from a variety of journals, monographs and books.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 09:00 - 10:50