Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
703003262014GEOGRAPHY OF TRANSPORTATIONElective364
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
Transport geography investigates movements and distribution. Movements of people, goods and information have always been fundamental components of human societies. Contemporary economic processes have been accompanied by a significant increase in mobility and higher levels of accessibility. Although this trend can be traced back to the industrial revolution, it significantly accelerated in the second half of the 20th century as trade was liberalized, economic blocs emerged and the comparative advantages of global labor and resources were used more efficiently. However, these conditions are interdependent with the capacity to manage, support and expand movements of passengers and freight as well as their underlying information flows. Societies have become increasingly dependent on their transport systems to support a wide variety of activities ranging, among others, from commuting, supplying energy needs, to distributing parts between factories. Developing transport systems has been a continuous challenge to satisfy mobility needs, to support economic development and to participate in the global economy.
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Learning Outcomes
1Students will be provided with an introduction to theoretical and practical concepts of transport geography.
2Students will understand the role of transport infrastructures, modes and policies in the organization of space at the international, regional and local scales.
3Students will be able to understand economic processes such as globalization, trade and transportation and their impacts on economic, cultural and social activities.
4Students will understand the fundamental concepts of spatial interaction and diffusion, which explain how human activities are influenced by the concept of distance.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
What is Transport Geography? Transportation and Space. Historical Evolution of Transportation Transportation Systems and Networks Transportation and Commercial Geography. Transport Costs. Economic and Spatial Structure of Transport Systems Transportation Modes; Road Transport. Rail Transport. Maritime Transport. Air Transport. Transportation Terminals International and Regional Transportation Urban Transportation and Urban Transport Problems.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1What is Transport Geography? Transportation and Space. Historical Evolution of Transportation Statement
2Transportation Systems and Networks Statement
3Transportation and Commercial Geography. Transport Costs. Transportation Networks, Transport Supply and Demand. Statement
4Economic and Spatial Structure of Transport SystemsStatement
5Transport and Economic Development. Transport and Spatial Organization. Transport and Location. Statement
6Transportation Modes I Road Transport. Rail Transport. Statement and video presentation
7Transportation Modes II Maritime Transport. Air Transport. Intermodal Transportation Statement and video presentation
8Term Exam
9Transportation Terminals I The Function of Transport Terminals. Terminals and Location. Statement
10Transportation Terminals II Port Terminals. Rail Terminals. Airport Terminals. Terminals and Security. Seminar presantation
11International and Regional Transportation The Strategic Space of International Transportation. Statement
12Transportation, Globalization and International Trade. Commodity Chains and Freight Transport. Logistics. Statement
13Transportation and Urban Form. Urban Land Use and Transportation.Statement
14Urban Mobility. Urban Transport Problems. Statement and video presentation
15Urban Mobility. Urban Transport Problems in Turkey and Izmir Statement and video presentation
16Final
Recommended or Required Reading
Source books: TÜMERTEKİN E 2005, Ulaşım Coğrafyası , Çantay Kitabevi, İstanbul. Rodrigue Jane-Paul, 2013, Geography of Transport Systems ,USA. Muller, P.O. (2004) “Transportation and Urban Form: Stages in the Evolution of the American Metropolis”, in S. Hanson and G. Giuliano (eds) Geography of Urban Transportation, 3rd edn, New York: Guilford. Button, K. (1993) Transport Economics, 2nd edn, Aldershot: Edward Elgar. Tolley, R. and B. Turton (1995) Transport Systems, Policy, and Planning, London: Longman. Janelle, D.G. and A. Gillespie (2004) “Space-time Constructs for Linking Information and CommunicationTechnologies with Issues in Sustainable Transportation”, Transport Reviews, 24, 665–77. Litman, T. (2005) Rail Transit in America: A Comprehensive Evaluation of Benefi ts, http://www.vtpi. org/railben.pdf.
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
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