Urban Studies: Applications of Spatial Economics
Urbana studier: Praktiska tillämpningar inom ekonomi och geografi
UA / Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U)
Language of instruction
Faculty of Culture and Society
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Bachelor´s degree consisting of 180 credits. The equivalent of English B/English 6 in Swedish secondary school.
Progression level in relation to degree requirements
The course forms part of the main field study Urban Studies second-cycle level 91-120 credits
The purpose of the course is that the students should be able to perform analytical studies as well as develop in-depth knowledge within a chosen field of urban studies. Furthermore, the aim is also that students should deepen their knowledge in statistical methods and GIS. Students will also develop their ability to identify relevant research problems within urban and regional economics.
The course contains an individually conducted study based on a chosen field within urban and regional economics. The course comprises common elements such as lectures, and supervision within the chosen field. The applied methods are primarily quantitative or based on geographical information systems. The individual study is applied to one of the following fields: real estate and housing, transport and infrastructure, land use and policy, or regional development.
Following successful completion of the course, students shouldbe able to:
1. identify and specify a problem within urban and regional development as well as delimit the problem and undertake a study of relevance for the problem
2. demonstrate individual capacity to perform a study, including the ability to collect and assess data and apply them, using relevant methods for the problem at hand
3. demonstrate individual ability to interpret and analyse the data, and draw conclusions based on them
4. communicate the study, in writing and orally, in an appropriate manner given the target group
5. analyse and reflect, in collaboration with others, over study design and results of different studies in a constructive manner
Lectures, seminars, written assignments and individual project work
Active participation in seminars (2 credits) (grading scale UG) (learning outcomes 1, 4 & 5)
Written assignments (3 credits) (grading scale UG) (learning outcomes 1, 4 & 5)
Independently written project work (10 credits (grading scale UA) (learning outcomes 1-4)
Completion of the course requires that all examined parts have been successfully completed.
Final grade is based on the grade of the individual project work.
Course literature and other study material
Glaeser, E., Kourtit, K., & Nijkamp, P. (Eds.) (latest edition). Urban Empires: Cities as global rulers in the new Urban World. Routledge, Milton Park.
Mehmet, M., & Jakobsen, T. G. (latest edition). Applied Statistics Using Stata: A guide for the social sciences, SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks.
Menke, K. (latest editon) Discover QGIS 3. x: A workbook for classroom or independent study. Locate Press Open Source Geospatial Books, Chugiak.
The course literature will to a large extent rely on tutorials, datasets, and scientific articles. The literature corresponds to approximately 1500 pages in total.
Malmö University provides students who participate in, or who have completed a course, with the opportunity to express their opinions and describe their experiences of the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarise the results of course evaluations. The University will also inform participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures taken in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).
If a course is no longer offered, or has undergone significant changes, the students must be offered two opportunities for re-examination based on the syllabus that applied at the time of registration, for a period of one year after the changes have been implemented.
If a student has a Learning support decision, the examiner has the right to provide the student with an adapted test, or to allow the student to take the exam in a different format.
The syllabus is a translation of a Swedish source text