Course - Global Production Networks - GEOG3518
GEOG3518 - Global Production Networks
Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades
This course discusses how the geography of uneven development and sustainability in the global economy has been shaped by two key trends in the past three decades a) the geographical dispersal of the production of goods and services across multiple international locations and b) the organizational separation of different production functions across independent firms. Through the lens of the insights, frameworks and terminology surrounding Global Production Networks, this course examines how these trends are shaped by the business strategies and practices of transnational corporations which take place in the interface between economics, politics, culture, and the environment. Drawing on case studies from global production networks within specific industries, students will learn to understand and explain the possibilities and limitations for development and sustainability in cities, regions, and nations connected to these global production networks. Insights from the course are relevant for discussions surrounding corporate social responsibility and sustainable development.
A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- have gained theoretical knowledge on economic, political, environmental, social and cultural aspects of global production networks.
- Insight into corporate strategies related to product and market development, foreign direct investment, and outsourcing.
- Insight into state policy on attracting foreign direct investment and/or upgrading the capabilities of local firms, in addition to regulating and mitigating economic and environmental consequences of globalization.
- comprehensive insight into the relations between processes of economic globalization and company strategies and state policies in order for students to better understand uneven development in the global economy.
- have skills in academic writing on these topics.
- have skills in investigating the organization and implications of global production networks surrounding development and sustainability
- have skills in investigating how state policy, regulation, labor movements, trade agreements, and civil society mobilization shapes the geographical and organizational configurations of global production networks.
- have relevant competence for work in companies and organizations operating internationally.
- have relevant competence for evaluating policy and regulations related to economic development and internationalization.
- Have relevant competence for accounting for and explaining uneven developmental outcomes in the global economy
Learning methods and activities
Up to 20 hours lectures and in-class activities, a company visit and assignment. The compulsory assignment must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the 4 hour written exam. As part of the course the students have to write a semester assignment together with other students in groups. The semester assignment must be approved before the examination can be taken.
- Semester assignment.
Further on evaluation
The compulsory assignments must be completed and approved in order to be eligible to take the exam. Same form of examination is given when re-sitting for the exam or improving the grade. The exam is offered both in the autumn and spring semester.
Required previous knowledge
The course is open for students on master`s level, preferable within the discipline of social science or technology/engineering. Other relevant qualification can be accepted upon approval by the Department of Geography.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: AUTUMN 2023
Language of instruction: English
- Social Sciences
Examination arrangement: School exam
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
- Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E 2023-12-07 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates SL238 Sluppenvegen 14 2 SL520 Sluppenvegen 14 3 SL318 Sluppenvegen 14 1 SL110 turkis sone Sluppenvegen 14 37
- Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E 2024-05-23 15:00 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates SL410 Sluppenvegen 14 3
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"