Uneven Development and the Global Economy

Uneven Development and the Global Economy

YearCourse not being offered in 2018-2019
Course code: MGT4062
Course credits: 15
Taught: Semester 1
Course co-ordinator
: Prof Andrew Cumbers
Entry requirements: Normally admission to an honours programme in Business & Management.  
Available to visiting students: Yes
Contact for more information: Business Undergraduate mailbox


Course description

This course focuses on understanding the workings of the global economy, its operation, management and regulation. It combines different theoretical interpretations concerned with uneven development and the continuing diversity of the global economy with a range of empirical examples.


This course aims to develop a critical understanding of processes of change in the global economy. Using the key concept of uneven development, the course aims at giving students an understanding of key trends and processes in the global economy. Through the lens of uneven development as a concept, the course explores global economic dynamics and unevenness from the global to the local scales and in the relations between key social actors in shaping economic outcomes. The course focuses on the themes of institutions, power, agency and how these are theorised in our understandings of the contemporary global economy.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

Subject specific learning outcomes:

  1. provide a critical interpretation of the workings of the global economy
  2. discuss and critically evaluate the concept of uneven development
  3. explain the relationship between underlying processes and key actors in shaping concrete outcomes of global economic change
  4. critically interpret the changing balance of economic power between world regions
  5. critically evaluate the role and importance of alternative economic spaces to future global economic development

Transferable skill learning outcomes.

  1. analyse critically;
  2. construct a written critical argument based on library-based research, and conforming to academic conventions in terms of citations and referencing;
  3. work to deadlines.

Learning and teaching methods

Lectures: 2hrs x 10 weeks

Please refer to MyCampus for timetable.

Course texts

Main course text:

MacKinnon D and Cumbers A (2011) An Introduction to Economic Geography: Uneven Development, Globalisation and Place. Pearson, London (second edition).

Secondary texts:

Dicken, P. (2014) Global Shift. Sage, London.



An assignment (50%)
A 3-hour degree exam (April/May) (50%)