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LAN507M Economic Geography

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The course focuses on the connections between places and regions in today's globalized economy with Asian countries in focus. India and China are in center as cases. Among issues discussed are commodity chains and the relations between production and consumption, the mutual links between society and economy, regulation in a market economy, and local consequences of the recent restructuring of market economies. Democracy, poverty reduction, political economy and economic reforms are also at center. Those issues are discussed in a different way from one year to the next, by analysing in detail certain important themes in economic geography of the day. Recent writings are read and discussed.

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Students should aquire knowledge about the main theories in economic geography with reference to Asia.

Gain an insigt into the social, political, cultural and economic transformation of NIC countries (India and China) and its national, regional and international consequences. They should be able to distinct between differenct factors affecting the societal changes in a time perspective.

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Course Number: LAN507M
Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 8 credits
Min. grade: 6,0
Type: Course
Level: Undergraduate and Graduate
Semester: Fall
Academic Year: 2010-2011
Lines/Tracks: G, Fb
Time slot: H3
Instruction Type pr week: 4f + 1u
Total lectures: 60
Total calculation sessions: 0
Total exercise sessions: 0
Total discussion sessions: 15
Total hands-on sessions: 0
Total group sessions: 0
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Supervisory Teacher: Anna Karlsdóttir Lecturer (UK) - Assistant Professor (USA). Staff Info Staff Info
Teacher: Geir Sigurðsson Senior Lecturer (UK) - Associate Professor (USA). Staff Info Staff Info
Assistant Teacher: Guðbjörg Lilja Hjartardóttir . Staff Info Staff Info

FER201G Geography of Travel and Tourism

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Geography of travel and tourism is an introductory course providing overview on countries and nations, nature and culture. The course entangles around different topics; i.e. the relation between culture and livinghood and the natural environment. Domestic and international travel is examined within different destinations. Toursim resorts are visited and special attention is devoted to the attributes in nature and culture that more than other attract tourists.

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Students acquire an overview of tourism development from a geographical perspective and can distinguish between characteristics of tourism under various geographical conditions. Students should be able to contextualise the interplay between humans on the one hand and climate and culture that interest tourists on the other.

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Course Number: FER201G
Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 8 credits
Min. grade: 5,0
Type: Course
Level: Undergraduate
Semester: Spring
Academic Year: 2010-2011
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Time slot: V
Instruction Type pr week: 4f + 2u
Total lectures: 60
Total calculation sessions: 0
Total exercise sessions: 0
Total discussion sessions: 30
Total hands-on sessions: 0
Total group sessions: 0
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Supervisory Teacher: Anna Karlsdóttir Lecturer (UK) - Assistant Professor (USA).

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Presentations in class 25%, written reports/essays 25&, final exam 50% trainingsessions are divided throughout the semeste, five times a semester.

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Stephen Williams: Tourism Geography: A New Synthesis, Routledge 2009.

LAN201G Geography of Globalisation

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Main characteristics of the world economy are examined, with reference to economic and cultural globalization. Major economic formations are outlined. Ideas of economic growth are studied, and historical developments in different parts of the world are traced. Theories of the location of primary, secondary and tertiary activities are introduced. The overall goal is to increase students' understanding of basic economic processes at many different scales, from the domestic to the global.

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áherslan í námskeiðinu á heiminn sem samtengda heild, fremur en einstök ríki, svæði eða staði, þótt dæmi verði tekin frá mörgum og mismunandi svæðum. Rauði þráðurinn er hnattvæðingin eða heimsvæðingin svonefnda; forsendur hennar og áhrif á efnahagsleg örlög staða og svæða. Nemendur eiga að hafa öðlast skilning á hvenær alþjóðavæðing upphófst í samskiptum þjóða í milli og hvernig, hvert er eðli framleiðslunnar og neyslu á tímum hynattvæðingar og hvernig hafa tækni-hagrænir ferlar áhrif á einstaka staði og svæði en einnig þjóðlönd og svæðisbundið alþjóðasamstarf. Nemendur ættu að geta svarað þessu og sett í samhengi við helstu kenningar hagrænnar landfræði.

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Course Number: LAN201G
Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 8 credits
Min. grade: 5,0
Type: Course
Level: Undergraduate
Semester: Spring
Academic Year: 2010-2011
Lines/Tracks: G, Fb, Fd
Time slot: V2
Instruction Type pr week: 4f + 2u
Total lectures: 60
Total calculation sessions: 0
Total exercise sessions: 0
Total discussion sessions: 30
Total hands-on sessions: 0
Total group sessions: 0
Max number of students:

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Supervisory Teacher: Anna Karlsdóttir Lecturer (UK) - Assistant Professor (USA). Staff Info Staff Info

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Dicken, Peter: Global Shift - Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy, SAGE Publications. 2007.
Paul Knox, John Agnew and Linda McCarthy: The geography of the world economy, Arnold 2003.

FER604M Urban Tourism

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The course deals with urban spaces as a scene for material and symbolic consumption of tourists. On background of increased globalization of economies the focus will be on how cities and urban areas have gained different role from earlier related to tourism. The cities appeal to tourists will be examined i.e. state of sustainable development and environmental management, heritage values, architechture and monuments, cultural diversity, entertainment, food cultures and events. Important subjects are image and marketing of city areas, importance of localisation and connections in transport, as well as the relationship between urban planning and tourism, the share of tourism in labormarket and the interaction between inhabitants and tourists. The city of Reykjavík will be analysed as tourist city and students will have assignments focusing on the metropolitan area of Reykjavík.

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At the end of the course students should:

- Understand the importance of cities in tourism

- Be able to recognise how tourist spaces in cities emerge

- Understand the impact of tourism on cities and recognise the complicted interactions and conflicts it can result in

- Gain an insight into the varieties of tourism services that cities have to offer

- Gain an insight into how the city space as a tourist space is shaped and created through a combination of global and local forces.

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Course Number: FER604M
Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 8 credits
Min. grade: 6,0
Type: Course
Level: Undergraduate and Graduate
Semester: Spring
Academic Year: 2010-2011
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Time slot: V4
Instruction Type pr week: 4f + 1u
Total lectures: 60
Total calculation sessions: 0
Total exercise sessions: 0
Total discussion sessions: 15
Total hands-on sessions: 0
Total group sessions: 0
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Supervisory Teacher: Anna Karlsdóttir Lecturer (UK) - Assistant Professor(USA).
Teacher: Katrín Anna Lund Senior Lecturer (UK) - Associate Professor (USA).

LAN606M Regions and Cultures

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Different appearances, arenas and regions of cultures will be examined and their unique positions and/or similarities discussed from different angles. An emphasis is put on creation of identity and images with focus on cohesion as well as on conflicts. The concept of boundaries will get a special attention in this context; how boundaries appear differently between cultural worlds, inside and outside of societies and between individuals, bodies and societies. Much weight is put on students individual assignments and participation.

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Training analytical and critical mindset and analysing different cultural phenmena. Skills for elaborating on abstract ideas in relation to cultural expressions in society not to mention skills in writing reflections combined with theoretical and research related topics.

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Course Number: LAN606M
Faculty/Unit: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Credits: 8 credits
Min. grade: 6,0
Type: Course
Level: Undergraduate and Graduate
Semester: Spring
Academic Year: 2010-2011
Lines/Tracks:
Time slot: V
Instruction Type pr week: 4f + 1æ
Total lectures: 60
Total calculation sessions: 0
Total exercise sessions: 15
Total discussion sessions: 0
Total hands-on sessions: 0
Total group sessions: 0
Max number of students:

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Teacher: Anna Karlsdóttir Lecturer (UK) - Assistant Professor (USA).
Supervisory Teacher: Katrín Anna Lund Senior Lecturer (UK) - Associate Professor (USA).