The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


GEOG3240 analyses the ways that globalisation has drastically changed the contemporary geography of cities and economies in the context of new global flows of finance, goods, services and ideas. GEOG3240 builds understandings of the rise in power of global cities, the new forms of governance which control them and their intersection with global networks. The course also explores the development of new global geographies of production and consumption. Common themes in the subject include the discursive constructions of globalisation, the nature and effects of technological change, systems of governance, the operations of enterprises, markets and labour markets, the impacts of changes on disadvantaged groups and the possibilities for progressive futures.



  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Analyse the processes and impacts of change in urban and regional economic spaces at a variety of scales;

2. Analyse the processes of urban and economic change as effected by globalisation;

3. Understand the major debates and conceptual approaches and theories regarding the nature of economic and urban changes in the contemporary global period;

4. Examine a range of methodologies and approaches appropriate to the study of urban and economic change;

5. Transfer their geographical skills and competencies to other subject and employment areas, including the interpretation of subjective data sources; the presentation of material, data interpretation, critical evaluation, essay writing (analysis and synthesis); oral presentation and performance skills and an ability to work in groups and individually.


  1. The empirical evidence for globalisation
  2. Theoretical understandings of globalisation
  3. Networks and global cities
  4. Internal functioning and governance of global cities
  5. The operation of the global economy
  6. Spatial impacts of economic globalisation
  7. New economic spaces
  8. The nature and operation of the enterprise
  9. Urban markets and labour markets

Assumed knowledge

Either GEOG2080 or GEOG2130 and SOCS2400.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Assignment

Essay: Essay 1

Essay: Essay 2

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term Full Term

4 hours per week for 2 weeks and 2 hours per week for 10 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks