Course detail

Regional Policy

FAST-CV075Acad. year: 2017/2018

Regional economy is an applied economic discipline which is as such an offshoot from the knowledge base of general economic theory. The gained knowledge is made more precise and modified with regards to the specifics which are related to the character of the object of interest of this discipline, i.e. a region or space in its socioeconomic conception.


Institute of Structural Economics and Management (EKR)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The ability to explain the question of spatial concentration or dispersion and agglomeration effects related to it, knowledge of the theory of polarized development as a typical example of growth theory, including its practical implementation. Understanding of the term ‘region’, the issue of regionalization of a territory, overview of the question of evaluation of regional differences, the appearance of inter-regional inequalities and possibilities of influencing them. Penetration into regional policy issues in the Czech Republic. Familiarisation with the regional policy documents of the Czech Republic and with the conditions of regional support programmes.


Knowledge within the scope of Economics and Economy of investment.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1.Introduction to regional economy. Spatial economic systems. Theoretical approaches to their explanation.
2. Localization theories – agriculture (von Thünen), industry (Schäffle, Fischer, Weber).
3. Localization theories of the 1920s and 1950s.
4. Agglomeration effects, spatial concentration or dispersion.
5. Regions and regionalization, homogeneous and heterogeneous regions.
6. Regional dimensions of the market of factors of production – job market, immovable property market.
7. Regional development and growth theories – theory of polarized development, export base theory etc.
8. Economic level of regions – main influencing factors.
9. Evaluation of the economic level – microeconomic and macroeconomic, quantitative and qualitative indicators.
10. Regional policy – inter-regional differences, regional policy conception according to the main economic schools.
11. Regional policy in the Czech Republic – principles, tools, regions with concentrated support from the state.
12. Regional policy of the Czech Republic in the period 2014-2020.
13. Regional development strategy of the Czech Republic and other regional policy documents of the Czech Republic.


The aim of the subject is for students to understand the meaning of localization theories, to be able to use simple methods of localization analysis and be capable of interpreting their results, understand the position of a natural monopoly on a regional market and the necessity of its regulation.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme N-P-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch N , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme N-K-C-SI (N) Master's

    branch N , 1. year of study, summer semester, 3 credits, elective

  • Programme N-P-C-MI Master's

    branch X , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


13 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer