Undergraduate Programme

New Technology and Space

Course goal

This course aims at introducing the students to the problematique of the new views on the organization of production and to the economic development issues of primarily the western world, i.e. to the problematique about the transition from the fordist to the post fordist development models (and accumulation regimes).

Students are expected to acquire contemporary knowledge and understanding of issues, beyond the knowledge they have gained during their high school studies, via handbooks, exposure to real cases, and other educational material, as well as from teaching, including optional small project assignments.
The aim is the gaining of capabilities to understand deeply the development of modern economies as parts of a broader historical trajectory.

On these levels, and in relation with the content of other courses, students are expected to be able to comprehend human society  in a scientific way (via research, collection and exploitation of material, i.e. via knowledge mechanisms especially of data and information retrieval, selection, organization and composite presentation, understanding of the organizational principles of economies and societies, especially with regard to technology and space) to express judgments with structured arguments (explaining problems in an analytical way and combining knowledge with the ability to make synchronic and diachronic comparisons) in serious evolutionary socio-economic political and generally social sciences issues, and to articulate new ideas and foresight (explaining and combining knowledge) as well as utilizing their knowledge for further studies.

The course puts an emphasis on the following general capabilities:

  • Retrieval, analysis and synthesis of data and information with the use of the necessary technologies (where applicable)
  • Adaptation to new conditions
  • Personal work
  • Work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Production of new research ideas
  • Planning and management of projects
  • Respect to diversity and multiculturalism
  • Promotion of free, creative and inductive knowledge

Course subject

New Technologies and Space P. Skayannis. This course deals with the issues related to the transition from fordism to post-fordist regimes of accumulation with particular reference to their spatial implications. The new technologies are examined as constituent parts of tech-economic paradigms which tend to alter the forms of spatial integration. Several examples are examined, such as the ones of technopoles, industrial diffusion areas (e.g. third Italy) and high technology industries and industrial districts. The course includes the presentation of a series of papers by the students.

Assessment

The requirements for course assessmentare determined in consultation with students taking into account their particular interests. For instance, there can be final exams (50% of the final grade), project or team project (40%), oral presentation(10%) etc. In some cases, projects have included visit and analysis of factory units.
 

Bibliography

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  • Σεφερτζή Ε. (επιμ) (1998) Καινοτομία: Περιοχές-σύστημα, μεταφορά τεχνολογίας και καινοτομική ανάπτυξη στην Ελλάδα. Αθήνα: Gutenberg.
  • Σκάγιαννης,Π. (2003) “Τεχνολογία, Καινοτομία, και Αναδιάρθρωση του Χώρου”. Πρακτικά 16ου Συνεδρίου Ελληνικής Εταιρείας Επιχειρησιακών Ερευνών. ΤΕΙ Λάρισας 25-27 Σεπτεμβρίου.
  • Skayannis,P. and Markatou,M.-E. (2006)“The Geographical Pattern of Patent Activity in Greece”. 9th International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation: Science, Society and Sustainability. Santorini, Greece, 18-21 Ιουνίου 2006.