Regional Economics

lecge1228  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Regional Economics
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h + 10.0 h
Khatibi Arastou;

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Cities, whose economic borders expand well beyond their administrative limits, play a central role in modern economies. Taking this as a starting point, the aim of this course is to introduce students to basic economic principles which make it possible to explain, on the one hand, how cities come to be and, on the other hand, how all the different elements which go to make up a city (housing, services, transport, jobs) are distributed within them. This will be achieved using analytical instruments taken from Microeconomics and Economic History. Given that jobs are primarily located within an urban environment, studying urban systems will make it possible to tackle regional questions. Students will be given a brief overview of European regional economies and lastly, be introduced to the most recent developments which bring with them new ways of structuring spaces, an approach known as peri-urbanisation.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
The majority of the course will be lecture-based. A range of external experts will also be brought in to discuss various issues of urban and regional development with students. The course necessitates regular, in-depth reading.
Other information
Course entry requirements: Students will have to have successfully assimilated the fundamental concepts of Microeconomics and be able to use them to study new issues. They should also have the flexibility to be able to switch easily between economic history and theories. Course materials: The main reference work for the course will be a recent collective work "Villes et economies" (Cities and Economics), published under the supervision of the Cities' Institute. In addition, students will be expected to read a number of articles and chapters of books, a full list of which will be communicated.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Minor in Economics

Minor in Economics (open)

Approfondissement 'Principes de maîtrise de l'actualité'

Additionnal module in Geography

Minor in Geography

Additionnal module in Economics

Master [60] in Geography : General

Bachelor in Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Master [120] in Geography : General

Master [120] in Environmental Bioengineering