We in Hanover believe that for an ongoing Economic Geographer proficiency in methods of empirical regional research and computer-based illustrative techniques are just as important as economic geographic fundamentals. We want to prepare you for your later profession as an Economic Geographer and teacher respectively by use of three spheres of competence:
- Contentual Competence: The courses impart theoretical essentials on explaining spatial structure and the transition of economy and society. You will learn empirical facts about spatial economic structures and processes of change in countries and regions of varying development, as well as the implementation of regional political shaping means. At the same time it is important that we regularly offer courses by practitioners.
- Methodical Competence: Various courses supply the tools for undertaking your own studies and/or projects. Praxis oriented examples give you the chance to learn the essential steps, from the development of a questionnaire over the interviewing of companies or private households and the computer-based analysis of the results to the draft of a final report and a multimedia presentation of your findings.
- International Competence: In an increasingly networked world the command of foreign languages and knowledge of other cultures are important hiring criteria. Taking advantage of our offer to study one or two semesters at one of our European Partner Universities or absolving an internship abroad can be an important step towards those goals. The International Seminar in Economic Geography (ISEG) in Hanover gives you the chance to meet internationally renowned colleagues giving lectures on current topics in English. We will also gladly assist you on any further overseas endeavours.
Besides the basic knowledge of Cultural Geography (i.e. population and social geography, urban geography, rural geography), cultural geographic education includes as well the analysis of current and socially relevant processes and structures from a cultural geographic point of view, among them:
- Spatial aspects of demographic and social change
- Employment restructuring
- Current processes and structures in urban areas
- Social urban development and politics
- Structural change and development processes in rural areas
Especially in the main courses priority is given to practical relevance of topics to provide students with relevant knowledge for current requirements in their future profession.