Fall/Winter Timetable

POL454H1S L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2394H1S L0101

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in City Regions


This course surveys two of the key themes related to the process of innovation in a knowledge-based economy: the process by which new knowledge is generated and effectively transferred to those organizations with the potential to commercialize it; and secondly, the paradoxical relationship between knowledge creation and proximity in a modern global economy. Increasingly the global economy is seen as a knowledge-based one, hence the critical importance of understanding how new knowledge is generated and deployed in the form of new products and processes. At the same time, the more global the economy becomes, the greater the value of proximity, hence the fascination with how to foster the growth of new regional concentrations of knowledge and innovation, such as Silicon Valley. This course surveys the state of current knowledge about both these processes and explore the implications of this understanding for public policies designed to stimulate knowledge transfer and promote the growth of dynamic and innovative city-regions.


Course pack.

Format and Requirements

One two-hour seminar per week. Course requirements TBA.


CSC300H1 or ECO360Y1 or GGR431H1 or HPS202H1 or HPS431H1 or POL218Y5 or a POL 300- or 400- level course in comparative politics. See Department's website for POL courses by area group or POL409H1 or SOC356Y1