Course: Regional Development Theories

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Course title Regional Development Theories
Course code KRM/TRR
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Lapka Miloslav, doc. PhDr. CSc.
  • Pělucha Martin, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
Topical areas: 1. Theories of convergence and divergence in regional development, current examples, exogenous and endogenous approaches 2. Keynesian paradigm, non-interventionist, interventionist theories of regional development 3. Neo- Marxist paradigm, historical examples 4. Neoendogenic paradigm: Neoclassical and neoliberal approaches to regional development and policy. Approacheas to the role of universities in regional development. 5. 6. 7. Development of approaches to regional development: "core - periphery" theory of registered imbalances (eg. theory of cumulative causes, theory of growth poles), neo- (post-) Marxist theory of regional development theory of reg. Neoconservative theory " new economic geographies of the theory of registered imbalances, support of the local initiative Neoinstitutional (1980 -) (eg. the theory of the industrial district, the theory of learning regions) 8. Critical-realistic approaches (Theory of spatial divisions of work - D. Massey and Locality Debate) and Postmodern approaches (Poststructuralism, Postdevelopmentalism, Feminism) 9. Multiplication models in regional development 10. Theoretical problems of sustainability of regions 11. Methods of evaluation of sustainable development of regions 12. Strategic documents of regional development 13. Indicators and measurement of regional development, 14. Comparison of selected NUTS in EU countries, seminar work

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), E-learning
  • Class attendance - 21 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 42 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 14 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 28 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 14 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the subject Theories of regional development is to intensify an existing knowledge of regional development by a theoretical basis, consisting of sociological approaches, economic approaches and socio-geographical approaches to selected theories of regional development. The composition and qualifications of the teachers of this subject also correspond to this structure. The student will be equipped with an overview of these theories and their selected examples of implementation, especially in post-modern theories of neo-endogenous development.


Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination, Seminar work

Credit requirements: Critical analysis of the given text within the subject and comparison of NUTS 2 or NUTS 3 in terms of sustainability indicators. Exam requirements: Knowledge of thematic areas in a written test.
Recommended literature
  • Bauman, Zykmunt. Tekutá modernita. Praha : Portál, 2020. ISBN 978-80-262-1602-5.
  • Blažek, Jiří, Uhlíř, David. Teorie regionálního rozvoje: nástin, kritika, implikace. Praha : Karolinum, 2020. ISBN 9788024645667.
  • Boháčková, Ivana. Finanční podpora zemědělství a regionálního rozvoje - vybrané aspekty. Powerpoint, 2011. ISBN 978-80-87415-32-0.
  • Giddens, Anthony. Důsledky modernity. Praha : Svojtka & Co, Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2010. ISBN 978-80-7419-035-3.
  • Maier, Karel. Udržitelný rozvoj území. Praha : Grada, 2012. ISBN 978-80-247-4198-7.
  • Majerová, Věra; Kostelecký, Tomáš; Sýkora, Luděk. Sociální kapitál a rozvoj regionu. Příklad Kraje Vysočina.. Praha : Grada, 2011. ISBN 978-80-247-4093.
  • Petrusek, Miloslav. Společnosti pozdní doby. Praha : Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON), 2007. ISBN 80-86429-63-6.

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