The Dynamics of City Regions: Social and Economic Change

Course content

Cities and city regions are fundamental places in modern societies. They are essential places of living and vital places for innovation, production and creativity.  The course studies contemporary economic changes of city-regions by focusing on urban and regional development. Focus is on the rise of the post-industrial knowledge economy and the new economic and social geographies, the new divisions of labour and social classes and how these are linked to urban restructuring.


MSc programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject

Learning outcome


City regions, creative cities, knowledge economy, innovation, labour and human capital, divisions of labour and social classes, industrial localisation, new urban spaces, amenities and urban growth, strategic planning.


  • Explain and analyse the central economic and social changes and geographical consequences of the current transformation using key concepts, central theoretical perspectives and empirical material including
  • Analyse the transformation of cities and city regions using key theories, concepts and empirically material.



Assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with the dynamics of city regions.

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
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. The oral examination is without preparation. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.

Resubmission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 1
The number of places might be reduced if you register in the late-registration period (BSc and MSc) or as a credit or single subject student.
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Høgni Kalsø Hansen   (2-4a6a426b6970306d7730666d)
Saved on the 19-02-2024

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