NGEK10015U The Dynamics of City Regions: Social and Economic Change

Volume 2013/2014
MSc programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc programme in Geology and Geoscience

Cities and city regions are fundamental places in modern societies. They are essential places of living and vital places for innovation and creativity. City regions have become more complex with an increasingly multiplicity of urban forms together with a more diffuse urban structure as large parts of the countryside is being integrated in the urban fabric. This has produced new social and economic spaces of relations and flows within and between cities and city-regions. The course studies contemporary social and economic changes of city-regions. Cities and city regions are examined as new frameworks for production, living and strategic urban planning. Focus is on urban restructuring, the rise of the post-industrial knowledge based economy and the new economic, political and social geographies, the new divisions of labour and social classes.

Learning Outcome

City regions, creative cities, knowledge economy, innovation, labour and human capital, segregation, social polarisation, divisions of labour and social classes, industrial localisation, new urban spaces, amenities and urban growth, strategic planning.


  • identify and analyse the central economic, social and political changes and geographical consequences of the current transformation using key concepts, central theoretical perspectives and empirical material including
  • undertake an analysis of the transformation of cities and city regions using key theories, concepts and empirically material


Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with the dynamics of city regions

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BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations and group-work.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment
Please see learning outcomes