GEOG3518 - Global Production Networks


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours E

Course content

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.

Learning outcome

A student who has completed this course should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


  • has gained theoretical knowledge on economic, political, environmental, social and cultural aspects of global production networks.
  • has insight into corporate strategies related to product and market development, foreign direct investment, and outsourcing.
  • has 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.
  • has 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.


  • has skills in academic writing on these topics.
  • has skills in investigating the organization and implications of global production networks surrounding development and sustainability
  • has 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.

General competence:

  • has relevant competence for work in companies and organizations operating internationally.
  • has relevant competence for evaluating policy and regulations related to economic development and internationalization.
  • has relevant competence for accounting for and explaining uneven developmental outcomes in the global economy

Learning methods and activities

Up to 24 hours lectures and in-class activities, a company visit and assignment.

Compulsory assignments

  • Semester assignment.

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignment is a group based semester assignment. The exam is a 4 hour written school exam.

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.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Geography
  • Globalisation
  • Social Sciences
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geography


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 E INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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