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290139 SE Seminar in Human Geography: Geography of Innovation (2019W)

6.00 ECTS (3.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 19.10. 10:00 - 12:30 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Saturday 30.11. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 17.01. 13:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Saturday 18.01. 10:00 - 16:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Friday 24.01. 13:00 - 18:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Saturday 25.01. 10:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar deals with the spatial aspects of increasingly innovation-driven economies and societies. Special attention will be given to explanations of the uneven distribution of innovation activities in space, the geography of knowledge flows as well as the opportunities and limits of public policies to shape regional innovation capacities. Based on a review of the pertinent literature, the following questions will be discussed:

- What is the role of innovation in securing regional growth and competitive advantage?
- Why do different types of regions vary in their innovation capacities?
- How are knowledge flows that underpin innovation spatially configured?
- What are the implications for policy?

These questions will be answered based on a review of conceptual contributions and empirical analyses of European, North American and Asian regions.

The course is a literature seminar. The literature will be provided by the lecturer. However, the students are supposed to conduct own searches on their specific topics.

Assessment and permitted materials

- Seminar paper (50%)
- Presentation of the seminar paper (30%)
- Presence and contributions to the discussions in the classroom (20%)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Learning outcomes: On completion of the course the students shall be able to
- explain how the innovation capacity of regions is shaped by a variety of factors and their interplay;
- assess opportunities for and limits of policy to influence innovation processes;
- write and present a seminar paper

Examination topics

- Critical reflection on and discussion of conceptual and empirical contributions to the literature;
- Seminar paper
- Presentation of seminar paper

Reading list

Asheim, B., Boschma, R. and Cooke, P. (2011) Constructing Regional Advantage: Platform Policies Based on Related Variety and Differentiated Knowledge Bases. Regional Studies 45(7), 893-904.

Isaksen, A. and Trippl, M. (2017) Innovation in space: the mosaic of regional innovation patterns. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 33(1), 122-140.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3-SE) (MG-S5-SE) (MG-W3-PI) (MG-W4-PI) (L2-b4, L2-b-zSE) (MA UF GW 02-1)

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