Olet täällä

Cultural and Economic Geography

Cultural and Economic Geography

Code: MGT4LG205
Extent: 5 ECTS (135 h)
Timing: semester 2-5
Language: English
Level: Advanced Professional Studies
Type: Elective

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student will:

  • understand the economy as a system inextricably linked to geography, society, politics and culture
  • critically rethink and assess our understanding of the economy and how it functions
  • demonstrate understanding of the topics and learn through discussion from a variety of cultural perspectives
  • explore our own environment and background in order to apply the theories and concepts herein

Course contents

The purpose of this course is to familiarize the participant with the idea that the economy, as we experience it in everyday life, is innately geographical. There is no economy “out there,” floating in the atmosphere, detached from the lived reality. Instead, the economy is to be seen as a set of grounded, real world processes, a set of complex social relations that vary enormously across, and because of, geographical space. A geographical approach to the economy contextualizes economic processes by situating them within different social, political and cultural relations. The course is designed to introduce aspects of human and economic geography with theoretical themes, concepts and case studies. However, the theories, concepts and case studies are meant to serve as bases for discussion, which is a central feature of this course, in order to bring the topics to life and to understand their applications in our own life experiences and geographical locations.

Sample Course Content Outline (Participants design the content based on their topics of interest from the textbook)
Week 1: A Geographical Approach to the Economy
Week 2: Commodity Chains: Where Does Your Breakfast Come From?
Week 3: The Transnational Corporation: How Does the Global Firm Keep It All Together?
Week 4: Labor Power: Can Workers shape Economic Geographies?
Week 5: Consumption: Is the Customer Always Right?
Week 6: Culture and the Firm: Do Countries and Companies Have Economic Cultures?
Week 7: Gendered Economic Geographies: Does Gender Shape Economic Lives?
Week 8: Ethnic Economics: Do Cultures Have Economies?

Cooperation with the business community and other organizations

Not applicable

International dimension

The subject is inevitably international in content and scope, including the course participants.

Teaching and learning methods

Contact sessions (including presentations with topic-specific case studies) 30 h
Independent studies (including weekly reading summaries) 50 h
The assessment of one’s own learning 1 h

The role of sales and service competences in the course

0 = the course does not focus on the competence
1 = the course develops the competence indirectly
2 = the course develops the competence but the competence is not one of the central foci of the course
3 = the course develops the competence as a central focus






Market prediction





Sales making





Service design





Customer partnership





Creating cooperation





Digital knowhow





Multicultural knowhow











Kevin Gore

Course materials

Coe, N., Kelly, P. & Yeung, H. (2007). Economic Geography. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing. ISBN: 978-1-4051-3219-0

Additional reading material provided by the instructor

Assessment components and their respective weights

Attendance 15%
Course Project (PowerPoint, Case Study, Discussion) 60%
Oral Exam 25%

The assessment of one's own learning does not influence the course grade. The assignment is the same for all courses/modules and the answers will also be used for course/module development. The assignment is completed on an E-form.