The Economic Geography of Employment, Innovation and Trade

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
17 October 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA L100JK Economics,
BA L100SK Economics,
BA 9O47 International Economics (Including Placement Year),
BA L115 International Economics,
BA L160 International Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BA L163 International Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC 5H18 International Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC L116 International Economics,
BSC L161 International Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC L162 International Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BA L108JK Management Economics

Module description

This module discusses topics of economic geography. Special attention will be devoted to building bridges with topics in labour economics, and productivity and technology. Topics of focus include (a) foreign direct investment, agglomeration and knowledge diffusion, (b) the effect of technological change and globalization on local labour markets, (c) the gravity equation and labour mobility. Attention will also be devoted to empirical methods.

In terms of employability skills, the module mainly offers a variety of academic skills and promotes external awareness. With regard to academic skills, the module encourages analytical reasoning, critical evaluation, and the ability to use and interpret mathematical relations. By doing so, it provides students with the economic background to debate world trade related issues. Indeed, discussions of real world applications promote external awareness among the students. Students are also encouraged to write the term paper to extend their knowledge, improve their research techniques and essay-writing skills.

Module aims

The objective of the module is to familiarise students with the tools and basic concepts required to understand the forces that shape international trade and help determine trade policies.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module, the students should be able to make sense of discussions of international trade in the business press and to express their own opinion. The module also helps the student understand that economic policy must consider the significant interaction between different sectors of the economy. A final objective of the module is to further the student understands of the role of economic modelling. In particular, trade theory is a good illustration of how different models can (and must) be used to analyse a given economic issue.

Module information

Compulsory for:
Year 3 students on BA in International Economics and BSc in International Economics

Learning and teaching methods

1 lecture and one class per week in one term


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework Participation 100%
Coursework Test 90%
Exam 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Lectures & classes: Michel Serafinelli
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External examiner

Dr Hui Pan
Coventry University
Senior Lecturer
Available via Moodle
Of 24 hours, 24 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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