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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Geography of Economic Globalization - MZ340P451
Title: Geography of Economic Globalization
Czech title: Geografie ekonomické globalizace
Guaranteed by: Department of Social Geography and Regional Develop. (31-340)
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Actual: from 2019 to 2019
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 7
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:2/1 C+Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Guarantor: prof. RNDr. Petr Pavlínek, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): prof. RNDr. Petr Pavlínek, Ph.D.
Incompatibility : MZ340P45
Last update: prof. RNDr. Petr Pavlínek, Ph.D. (13.12.2019)
A study of the geography of economic globalization and the geography of the world economy. The major topics
include the historical development of the world economy and globalization from the geographical perspective,
trends in geography of global production, trade and investment, the most important factors and actors in the
globalization processes and its geographic effects, geography of transnational corporations, case studies of
economic geography of selected industries and service activities, effects of globalization on the developed and
developing countries.

Note: the entire course will be taught and conducted in English.
Last update: prof. RNDr. Petr Pavlínek, Ph.D. (17.02.2020)


Knox, P., Agnew, J. and McCarthy, L. (2014) Geographical dynamics of the world economy. In: Knox, P., Agnew, J. and McCarthy, L.: The Geography of the World Economy, 6th Edition, pp. 61-92. 

Dicken, P. (2015): Global Shift: Chapter 1 What in the world is going on? pp. 28-38.

Finbarr Livesey (2018) Unpacking the possibilities of deglobalisation. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 11, 177–187.

Dicken, P. (2015): Global Shift: Tangled webs: unravelling complexity in the global economy, pp. 49-73.

Dicken, P. (2015): Global Shift: Technological change: 'gales of creative destruction', pp. 74-113.

Knox, P., Agnew, J. and McCarthy, L. (2014) Globalization of economic activities. In: Knox, P., Agnew, J. and McCarthy, L.: The Geography of the World Economy, 6th Edition, pp. 145-175.

Sunley, P. (2011): The Consequences of Economic Globalization, In: The Sage Handbook of Economic Geography, pp. 102-118.

Dicken, P. (2015): Global Shift: 'Capturing value' within global production networks, pp. 251-278.

Ritzer, G. and Dean, P. (2015) Neo-liberalism: Roots, Principles, Criticisms and Neo-Marxian Alternatives. In: G. Ritzer: Globalization: A Basic Text, 2nd Ed., Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 83-110.

Smith, A., Pickles, J, Buček, M., Pástor, R., Begg, B. (2014) The political economy of global production networks: regional industrial change and differential upgrading in the East European clothing industry. Journal of Economic Geography 14 (6), pp. 1023–1051

Sturgeon, T. J., Van Biesebroeck, J., Gereffi, G. (2008) Value chains, networks and clusters: reframing the global automotive industry, Journal of Economic Geography 8, pp. 297–321.

Pavlínek, P. (2019) Restructuring and internationalization of the European automotive industry. Journal of Economic Geography. DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lby070, pp. 1-33. (Advance access)

Dicken, P. (2015) Global Shift: ‘Making the World Go Round’: Advanced business Services, pp. 510-538.

Dicken, P. (2015): Global Shift: Winning and losing: where you live really matters, 304-353.

Requirements to the exam
Last update: prof. RNDr. Petr Pavlínek, Ph.D. (17.02.2020)

CREDIT (zápočet)

The summer semester has 14 weeks. There are 13 reading summaries assigned. In order to pass the credit (zápočet) and be allowed to take the final exam, a student has to turn in at least 10 reading summaries and receive a minimum of 20 points for them. These points will be added to your final score, which will determine your final grade.



In order to encourage your class attendance, students will receive 0.5 bonus points for each attended class. You can collect 14 points for class attendance (0.5 points for each class). These points are very important and will be added to your final score.



Students will be allowed to take the final exam only after collecting a minimum of 20 points for reading summaries.

The final exam will comprise of 100 multiple-choice questions. The exam will cover lecture material and text readings, so BOTH your attendance and outside preparation are necessary to do well. Each question will carry one point. There will be only one correct answer for each question.



You can collect up to 126 points plus the bonus (100 for the final exam, 26 for reading summaries plus the bonus points for class attendance and excellent reading summaries)

Final grade scale:

Excellent         113 and more points (more than 90%)

Very good        100-112 points (80-89%)

Good               88-99 points (70-79%)

Failed              Less than 88 points

Last update: PhDr. Martina Tůmová (15.01.2020)


1.     Introduction: What is globalization? Historical perspective on the development of the world economy. Theoretical explanations of the global economy; global division of labor; globalization after WWII; globalization debate; globalization and internationalization.

2.     Network approach to the world economy: Basic concepts: production chains and production networks.

3.     Global economy: Trends in production, trade and investment: aggregate trends in global economic activity.

4.     Technological change and globalization

5.     Transnational corporations: theoretical interpretations, how transnational corporations operate

6.     Transnational Production Networks

7.     State economic policies and globalization

8.     Relationships between transnational corporations and states

9.     The clothing industry

10.  The automotive industry

11.  Advance business services including finance

12.  Winning and losing in the global economy

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