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Local and Regional Development, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Lokal och regional utveckling

This syllabus is valid: 2021-09-13 valid to 2021-09-19 (newer version of the syllabus exists)

Course code: 2KG302

Credit points: 15

Education level: Second cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Human Geography: Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: VG Pass with distinction, G Pass, U Fail

Responsible department: Department of Geography

Established by: Head of Department of Geography and Economic History, 2021-09-15


The course departs from the differences in economic development on the local, regional, national and global levels. Which processes have contributed to these geographical patterns and changes over time? How can scientific approaches and methods contribute to an enhanced understanding of the causes behind these complex processes, but also how to inform political decision-making in order to contribute to a more sustainable development? During the course, concepts, theories, and issues related to economic geography, as well as local and regional development planning, are introduced. Focus is on conditions in developed economies, especially Sweden, the Nordic countries and Europe. The territorial developments during recent decades are emphasized, but more long-term perspectives are also applied during the course. In addition, potential conflicts of interest in strategic planning and decision-making are discussed from a sustainability perspective.

Required Knowledge

Univ: 120 ECTS, 60 ECTS of which in a major field of subject.,

Proficiency in English equivalent to Swedish upper secondary course English B/6.


The literature list is not available through the web. Please contact the faculty.