Course syllabus RRTRR - Theory of Regional Development (FRDIS - WS 2013/2014)

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Course code: RRTRR
Course title in language of instruction: Teorie regionálního rozvoje
Course title in Czech: Theory of Regional Development
Course title in English: Theory of Regional Development
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/1 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: Czech
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: WS 2013/2014
Name of lecturer: Mgr. Petr Klusáček, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor)
Mgr. Ondřej Konečný, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Tomáš Krejčí (examiner, instructor, lecturer)
Prerequisites: not Theories of Regional Development in English
Aims of the course:
Students will get acquainted with the main methodological ways in regional development including the most important economic theories. The attention will be paid to the detailed description of the most important theories of regional development, which have been formulated so far. In the following period, the focus will be paid to the common principles of region origin as same as regionalisation (both at national and on international level).
The knowledge is very important for orientation in methods and approaches used in the regional development, because they are usually starting points for formulation of the concepts of the regional policy. The students will be able to identify and apply the main factors and principles of the regional development and use this knowledge during development of the concrete regions. The skills are applicable in large scale of issues of development from environment up to economic analysis.
Course contents:
1.1. Regional development theory (allowance 7/7)
a.a. Regional development - methodology of science, introduction
b.b. Basic economic priniciples and its relation to the regional development
c.c. Neo-classic and neo-liberal regional development theory
d.d. Core-hinterland theory
e.e. Structuralistic ingress to regional development
f.f. Critical-realistic theory and institutional ways of regional development
g.g. Current processes in regional development

2.2. Regions and regionalisation (allowance 5/5)
a.a. Geographical space. Region creation theory
b.b. Quantitative methods of regionalisation. Regional analyse.
c.c. Internal structure of regions and regional taxology
d.d. Regional typology I
e.e. Regional typology II - administrative regions in Czech Republic

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-Ability to analyse and synthesize
-Ability to apply knowledge
-Capacity to learn
-Professional knowledge
-Skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-Analyze regional problems
-Competently prepare and process projects to support regional activities actively utilizing knowledge of the particular region
-Conceptual answers to issues of development in economic, economic-political, environmental and social context
-Prepare and evaluate proposals for solution to eliminate regional disparities in general context

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture24 h
     seminar12 h
     consultation2 h
     preparation for exam90 h
     writing of seminar paper40 h
Total168 h
Assessment methods:
Final evaluation is based on the two parts: (1) RESULTS OF TWO SEMINARS PAPERS, (2) RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN EXAMS
(1) RESULTS OF TWO SEMINAR PAPERS: (a) analyse of scientific literature and other information sources on the given issue for the given area, (b) spatial analyse of data, its cartographic visualisation and brief narrative interpretation of the results. Maximum of points for each seminar paper is 10 points. The students have to receive minimum 10 points from two seminars papers in total (50 % ). At the same time the students have to get minimum 2 points from each seminar paper. If students meet these two conditions they will be allowed to participate at the written exams.
(2) RESULTS OF THE WRITTEN EXAMS. Maximum number of points from written exams is 80. To be successful, it is necessary to obtain minimum 60 %, it means 48 points. The written exams have two parts: (a) theories of regional development - maximum number of points is 50, (b) selected examples of regionalisation for the different hierarchical levels (e.g. NUTS 1, 2 a 3 for EU, LAU 1 for the Czech Republic) tested by means of the selected blank maps - maximum number of points is 30. There is second condition to be successful at the written exams -- it is necessary to obtain minimum 50 % of points in both parts. It means if a student has less than 25 points from the first part or if he/she has less than 15 from the second part, the result of the written exam is F.
If the student obtains from the written exams 48 and more points in total and if he/she obtains from both parts of written exams minimum 50 %, the final evaluation is based on summation of points from two seminars papers and from written exams. The intervals of the results are then the following:
A 90, 1-100 points
B 82,1-90 points
C 74,1-82 points
D 66,1-74 points
E 58,0-66 points
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQBLAŽEK, J.Teorie regionálního rozvoje: nástin, kritika, klasifikacePrahaKarolinum200280-246-0384-5
RQKADEŘÁBKOVÁ, J. -- MATES, P. -- WOKOUN, R.Úvod do regionálních věd a veřejné správyPlzeňVydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, s. r. o.200480-86473-80-5
RQSOJKA, M. et al.Dějiny ekonomických teoriíPrahaKarolinum200080-7184-991-X
RQTOUŠEK, V. -- KUNC, J. -- VYSTOUPIL, J. et al.Ekonomická a sociální geografiePlzeňAleš Čeněk, vydavatelství a nakladatelství2008978-80-7380-114-4
RQWOKOUN, R. et al.Regionální rozvoj: (východiska regionálního rozvoje, regionální politika, teorie, strategie a programování)PrahaLinde2008978-80-7201-699-0
RQPIKE, A. -- RODRÍGUEZ-POSE, A. -- TOMANEY, J.Local and regional developmentNew YorkRoutledge2006978-0-415-35717-3
RQKREJČÍ, T. -- KLUSÁČEK, P. -- KONEČNÝ, O. -- RUDA, A.Regionální rozvoj - teorie, aplikace, regionalizaceBrnoMendelova univerzita v Brně2010978-80-7375-414-3
RQPEET, R.Theories of development: contentions, arguments, alternativesGuilford Press978-1-60623-066-4
REARMSTRONG, H. -- TAYLOR, J.Regional economics and policyOxfordBlackwell20000-631-21713-4
REGIARRATANI, F. -- HOOVER, E.An Introduction to Regional Economics


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