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Unit Overview


The global economy shapes the lives of people living across the developed and developing worlds. This unit explores the complex and geographically uneven dynamics of the global economy and considers how this affects patterns of economic and social development. It includes an examination of how the world economy is affecting the geographies of economic activity, employment, quality of life and social structures, and considers how disparate places are often interlinked and interdependent. The unit also examines the implications of the geographies of development for policy and planning.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Applied Human Geography major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Geographical and Spatial Science major sequence

Students are able to (1) understand core theoretical perspectives in economic geography and how these shed light on the structure and dynamics of development; (2) appreciate the multi-scalar dynamics of the global economy, and how this affects spatial patterns of economic development, quality of life, and political response; (3) understand the core approaches to economic development policy, including their strengths and limitations; and (4) analyse and interpret data concerning the spatial organisation of economic activity and present this in a report.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) exam; (2) essay; and (3) research report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kirsten Martinus
Unit rules
Successful completion of
GEOG1107 Human Inequality in the Anthropocene
and GEOG2203 Regions in Transition
or 72 points Major(s) BP013 Bachelor of Economics
GEOG2205 Geographies of Economic Development
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 1 or 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.