NIGK14041U Transformations of Cities and Landscapes: Globalisation and Local Strategies (Part 1)

Volume 2015/2016
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics

The course provides an overview of how globalisation and the social, political and economic processes of nation-states, cities and the countryside are key drivers behind current geographical and spatial changes. The course focuses on the geographical consequences of the social, political and economic relations in contemporary urban and rural areas. The course has four main themes that together provide the students with a solid theoretical and analytical understanding of the processes of urban and regional transformations.

1. Globalisation, rescaling and urbanisation: urban competition and governance, local strategies, urban landscapes and the built environment.

2. Urban and regional economic geography and development: The new economy, new spaces of production, economic restructuring and spatial change

3. Urban social geography: Focus on urban segregation, social polarisation and cohesion, gentrification and mobility.

4. Spatial planning: The shift from government to governance, strategic and spatial planning, networks and policy coalitions, new public management and planning strategies.

The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students including group work etc.

Learning Outcome

Globalisation, rescaling, re-territorialisation, city-regions, transformation of urban and rural areas, urban competition, world cities, the new economy, segregation, gentrification, governance, planning, industrial restructuring and spatial development and the geographical consequences of the social, political and economic relations in contemporary urban and rural areas.

Read scientific literature related to the transformation of cities and landscapes. Evaluate and analyse methods, theories and empirical data and evidence. Use correct scientific definitions and terms. Give a short, concise and well-illustrated oral presentation on the basis of scientific papers.

Identify the central changes in cities and landscapes and analyse the recent political, social and economic transformation of cities and landscapes. Discuss the relations between the main social, political and economic changes and their geographical consequences in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

Identify and analyse the new spaces of production and every day life, urban competition, the economic and industrial restructuring and the social geographies using key concepts, central theoretical perspectives and empirical material.

Identify the main changes in spatial planning including the transformation from government to governance and have an understanding of the central theories and their implications for local development.

Undertake an analysis of the transformation of cities and landscapes using key theories, concepts and empirically material.


Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
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.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.