Module 1 : Socio-economic Development in Space (B-KUL-H09T5A)
After completing the module, the student will
1. have the common conceptual basis (a common language) of the debate concerning socio-economic development in space and set a broad analytical framework for the subsequent more specialised and focussed modules, as well as for the research seminars.
2. be able to identify the main contemporary issues in a historic perspective and to better make the link with current policy measures, in the context of a greatly diversified reality such as that of contemporary Europe. This will be achieved by tracing the evolution of the debate about socio-economic development in space at various spatial scales (international, national, regional and local).
3. possess a coherent analytical framework to understand socio-economic change in space and to address specific territorial and urban issues within the broader European and World context. Some of the students, depending on their educational background, may already be acquainted with parts of the theoretical review, but the effort here is to set a common language for the group to proceed through the subsequent courses and to bridge the socio-economic dimension of the development process with planning and policy.
This section refers to the general criteria by which the candidate's profile is defined:
The EMSDP is open to doctoral students, master students (II level Master), post-graduate and research fellows in the fields of planning, urbanism, geography, economics, sociology, anthropology and political sciences from European and extra-European universities and research institutions.
The criteria for this selection are:
- Quality and appropriateness of the applicants research proposal.
- Capacity to manage general competences at an advanced level
- Scientific way of thinking and capacity to deal with complex problems
- Capacity to contribute actively to processes of knowledge production.
- Attitude to crosscut disciplines and scientific theories
- Ability to communicate their research questions and early findings- Ethics and good predisposition to work in a multicultural and multi ethnic environment.
Articles and literature
Slides, transparencies, courseware
Toledo / e-platform
Is also included in other courses
The first module provides an overview of the evolution of the debate concerning socio-economic development in space, with particular attention to the issue of territorial disparities, from the origins of regional science and urban planning to more recent theoretical developments. It starts with traditional regional development and location theories, centred on the growth of manufacturing activities, and then moves on to more recent theoretical developments, including the rise of service activities, the growth of tourism, the role of innovation both in its technological and socio-institutional dimensions and finally the notions of sustainable development.
Description of learning activities
a) a set of structured lectures by the teaching staff of the EMSDP;b) a series of self-standing presentations by internal or external speakers on relevant case studies or topics;
Tests for assessing students proficiency are usually in the form of essay(s) (of about 1500-2000 words) for each module, on (a) topic(s) selected by participants from a range proposed by the academic staff.
The marking is based on the ECTS system (A,B,C,D,F) or on a 20/20 scale.
A candidate qualifies for assessment and passes the evaluation provided each of the following conditions is satisfied:
- no mark below D or 10/20 is accepted for individual modules and may be condoned by compensation;- the average mark for the three modules is at least C or 12/20.