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GEO3114 : Local and Regional Development

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To examine critically existing understandings and models of local and regional development
•       To provide an advanced knowledge and understanding of local and regional development theory and policy.
•       To develop an advanced understanding of the instruments and policies of local and regional development.
•       To examine local and regional development in practice in an international context.

Outline Of Syllabus

Part I – Introduction outlines the changing context of local and regional development and poses
fundamental questions about its purpose and nature.

Part II – Frameworks of understanding – Concepts and theories of local and regional
development provides a range of conceptual and theoretical frameworks for understanding and
interpreting local and regional development.

Part III – Rationales, Strategies, policies and instruments- discusses the strategies and policies of attempts
to generate and shape local and regional development processes.

Part IV – Local and regional development in practice addresses ‘on the ground’
experiences in different contexts internationally in the global North and South.

Part V – Conclusions summarises and concludes the main contributions and issues
raised in the module as well as outlining future concerns for local and regional development.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00Assessment advice, career sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1162:00162:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures introduce, develop and illustrate the core conceptual, theoretical, empirical and policy content of the module.

The workshop focuses upon debate and analysis of contemporary material, drawing upon specialist film, TV, podcast, Youtube and blog sources.

Seminars provide an opportunity for more interactive, student-led discussion, analysis and debate.

The drop in/surgery provides an opportunity for discussion and problem solving in addressing course material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation102M15Oral Presentation
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M401,600 word essay
Essay1M401,600 word essay
Prof skill assessmnt1M5Seminar Participation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Assessed Essays I and II tests the students’ ability to explore subjects in-depth, demanding critical reading and writing skills and an ability to gather and synthesise material and to formulate a rigorous argument. Group presentation tests ability to engage and contribute seminar project, work collectively in a group and present their project to their peers in their seminar sessions.

Reading Lists