Universität Wien FIND

290141 PS Regional Structural Change in Austria in an International Comparative Perspective (2016W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 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 served).


max. 30 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Saturday 15.10. 10:00 - 14:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 11.11. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Saturday 12.11. 10:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum 2A310 3.OG UZA II
Friday 16.12. 11:30 - 15:30 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518
Saturday 17.12. 10:00 - 15:00 Hörsaal 5A Geographie NIG 5.OG A0518


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course explores various forms and routes of regional structural change in Austrian and foreign regions. The question of why and under which conditions "regional renewal" takes place is gaining in importance, not least due to ongoing globalisation processes and worldwide crises. The course will focus on both theoretical approaches and empirical examples, which shed light of how regional economies modernize and upgrade existing industrial paths and how new development paths emerge. Special focus will be given on the preconditions, mechanisms and actors of change to explain the unfolding of socio-economic transformation processes in different types of regions.

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar paper, short presentation of selected topic/case, presence and contributions to the discussions in the classroom

- Seminar paper (40%)
- Short presentation (30%)
- Contributions to discussions (30 %)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

On completion of the course, the students shall be able to:
- assess important theoretical approaches and conceptualisations of regional structural change;
- explain which conditions, mechanisms and actors of change facilitate the modernisation and diversification of regional economies in different territorial contexts;
- critically review and discuss a concrete empirical case in a seminar paper and in a short presentation

Examination topics

- Seminar paper and short presentation
- Critical discussion of theoretical approaches and empirical cases

Reading list

Boschma R (2015) Towards an evolutionary perspective on regional resilience. Regional Studies 49(5): 733-751.

Isaksen A and Trippl M (2016a) Path Development in Different regional Innovation Systems: A Conceptual Analysis. In Parrilli M D, Fitjar R D and Rodríguez-Pose A (eds.), Innovation Drivers and Regional Innovation Strategies. London: Routledge, 66-84.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S3 -PI.f) (MG-W3-PI) (MR3-PI) (L2-b3, L2-b-zLV) (L2-d1, L2-d-zLV) (UF MA GW 02)

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