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Stadtplanung | B.Sc. | Wahlfach | Mo., 14:15 - 15:45

We live in times dominated by ʻfinanceʼ. However, the importance of understanding how economies and financial systems work and influence each other is not limited to the context of on-going economic crises. The aim of the course is to explain how economies, and especially financial systems, operate over space. Financial systems engage in the re-location of capital from one place to another through the evaluation of risk and reward. Through these activities, the trajectory of economies, cities and communities are constantly reshaped. Consequently, the built environment and the way people live - as well as the economic landscape - are a direct reflection of the past, current and future activities of financial systems. But how do financial systems
actually operate over space? What logics and values guide these activities and how do they differ as a result of national cultures, regulatory systems and customs in financial centres? Furthermore, the course seeks to explore what happens to built-environment and communities when capital is withdrawn from local economies and re-invested elsewhere. In addressing these issues the course seeks to sharpen our understanding of the processes that shape economic geographies of globalisation.