Economical Geography



1. und 2. Semester


Winter semester

Language of Instruction:


Credit Points

  • Industrial Geography: 4 CP
  • Services: 4 CP
  • Agricultural Geography: 4 CP

Information link to the examination regulations:

B.Sc. Applied Geography


a) Lecture Industrial Geography:

The lecture deals with the manufacturing industry (industry and trade) in its spatial structures and functions. It is fundamental to grasp these, to structure them conceptually and to explain them in characteristic process sequences. In particular, the correct description of industrial areas and - with reference to the 'relational economic geography' - the spatially relevant behaviour of companies as well as networking aspects of the production of goods in a regional, national and international perspective are of particular interest. Future trends and technological innovations are at the end of the lecture as well as requirements of resource-saving, sustainable industrial development.

b) Lecture Economic Geography of Services:

The lecture deals with main topics from trade, financial services, real estate industry as well as transport and communication services. In the foreground are the basics for the choice of location and the change of forms of service provision, changes in coverage and forms of demand or utilisation of services. Analyses of competitive influences through international networking within the EU or in a global framework are to illustrate the spatial dynamics of the tertiary sector.

c) Lecture Agricultural Geography:

The lecture deals with agro-geographic structures, processes and interrelationships with regard to land use, farms and the marketing system. It deals with different production conditions and systems and their consequences in a global comparison. It gives an idea of the different agricultural carrying capacity of regions. It demonstrates the influence of agricultural policy guidelines on the development of agricultural areas. It deals with the integration of agricultural regions in world trade as well as the characteristics and spatial effects of agribusiness.


The aim of this module is to give students a sound introduction to the basic questions, terms, concepts and working methods of the three main sub-areas of economic geography, i.e. agricultural, industrial and service geography. The focus is on the imparting of basic knowledge. Within the framework of the seminar, students also train the independent processing of selected basic topics of economic geography. Upon completion of this module, students should have acquired the ability to adequately describe and explain economic structures and processes in a technical language. Students will have become familiar with basic literature. They are able to independently obtain data and information and to carry out their own analyses. Where necessary, they should also be able to use basic economic, business and legal knowledge to explain sectoral processes..

The module also aims to impart initial knowledge of presentation techniques, time management methods and scientific writing.




  • Industrial Geography
    • Winter semester
  • 60 minutes
  • Industrial Geography of Services
    • Summer semester
    • 60 minutes
  • Agricultura Geography
    • Summer semester
    • 60 minutes


The module grade is weighted according to the CP distribution.


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STAUDACHER, CHR. (1991): Dienstleistung, Raumstruktur und räumliche Prozesse: Eine Einführung in die Dienstleistungsgeographie. Wien
MAIER, J. U. BECK, R. (2000): Allgemeine Industriegeographie. Gotha.
SEDLACEK, P. (1994): Wirtschaftsgeographie. Eine Einführung. 2. Aufl. Darmstadt.