Module Catalogue 2022/23

GEO3114 : Local and Regional Development

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Emma Ormerod
  • Lecturer: Professor Andy Pike, Dr Kean Fan Lim, Professor Rachel Franklin, Professor Danny MacKinnon
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GEO1018Geographical Analysis
GEO2099Economic Geography
Pre Requisite Comment

GEO1018 Geographical analysis AND GEO2099 Economic Geography

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

•       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 to local and regional development and socio-spatial inequalities: outlines the changing context of local and regional development and social and spatial inequalities and poses fundamental questions about the purpose and nature of ‘development’ locally and regionally.

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, with a focus on post-crisis development.

Part III – Policy and Practice: 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, as well as future career development skills.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

•       An advanced knowledge and understanding of models of local and regional development.
•       An advanced knowledge and understanding of local and regional development theory and policy.
•       An advanced understanding of the instruments and policies of local and regional development.
•       Detailed understanding of local and regional development practice in an international context.

Intended Skill Outcomes

•       An ability to critically engage with current issues and debates about concepts and theories of local and regional development.
•       The ability to engage critically with local and regional development policy.
•       The ability to critically assess the value, applicability and transferability of local and regional development practice in an international context.
•       The ability to synthesise and present local and regional development data and to interpret and analyse its significance.
•       The ability to critically select and access relevant and appropriate information and data from a range of sources.
•       Practical experience of local and regional development theory, policy and practice through the analysis of case studies.
•       The ability to communicate by means of well prepared, clear, concise and well written documents.
•       The ability to plan, organise and prioritise work activities and manage time effectively.
•       The ability to work independently with initiative and solve problems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1122:00122:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00Small group seminars to support learning in lectures.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops31:003:00Small group workshops linked to assessment.
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion61:006:00Key readings and tasks based on lecture and workshop content.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Online live drop-ins at end of each semester, supporting assessment.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk13:003:00Film Screening & Discussion.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Whole group introduction to Assessment 2, leading into small group workshops
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

Seminars provide an opportunity to ground and deliver lecture content in smaller groups, with analysis and student-led debates.

The workshops focus upon debate and analysis of contemporary material in smaller groups, with links to the assessment.

Guided learning through set readings and tasks deepen student knowledge and discussion, enabled through online discussion boards.

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

Lectures and small group teaching sessions (unless otherwise stated) are planned to be PiP in 21/22, but alternative online provision will be provided should individual and wider health contexts demand it.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M602,000 word essay
Report2M401,300 word policy report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessed essay 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. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and critical examination of existing models of local and regional development alongside an application of relevant theory.
The policy report tests student’s ability to engage with the workshops materials, demonstrating an advanced understanding of the instruments and policies of local and regional development in practice, and developing report writing and research skills, policy writing and critical analysis skills, useful in the transition to a future career.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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