spring 2024
BNS-2001 Regional Economy and Innovation - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is an elective for the Bachelor of Northern Studies.

The subject can be taken as a single course.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements:

Nordic applicants: Generell studiekompetanse. Admission procedures for foreign applicants, please read: https://en.uit.no/education/art?p_document_id=351800

Admission code: 9199

Course content

Students will be provided with the basics of Economic Geography, i.e., economic activities in places and across space. The course focuses on the role of spatial division of labour, the location dynamics of international value chains, the main issues of globalisation, as well as the impact of economic institutions and innovation to regional development.

Objectives of the course

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:


  • Describe basic knowledge about globalisation and its key actors.
  • Explain the dynamics of evolutionary and institutional economics, regional clusters, the concept of (global) value chains as well as a general understanding of innovation and innovation systems, institutional pillars of modern spatial economics and regional development policy.


  • Analyse international value chains and issues of globalisation, and the impact of economic institutions.
  • Assess main dynamics of international trade and competitiveness in the regions.

General competence

  • Insight and knowledge on the changing pattern of modern regional enterprises and the new role of states in the globalised world

Language of instruction and examination


Teaching methods

Lectures alternating with seminars including group work.

Students are expected to apply topics from theory to real-life cases taken from personal experience and/or public sources of information. Over the period of the course, students will subsequently work on their respective individual term papers.

Quality assurance; Upon completion, students will anonymously evaluate the course.



Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 15.05.2024 09:00
4 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Individual and group presentations in class Approved – not approved
Draft of a term paper on a self-selected case and a final term paper to be delivered at the end of the course. Approved – not approved
Class attendance Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Individual and group presentations in class

Draft of a term paper on a self-selected case and a final term paper to be delivered at the end of the course.

Class attendance

Re-sit examination

Students who do not pass the previous ordinary examination can gain access to a re-sit examination.
  • About the course
  • Campus: Alta |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: BNS-2001
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