Postgraduate

Modules

Modules

GEO8002 : Local and Regional Development Theory and Policy

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

•       To develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of local and regional development theory.
•       To develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of local and regional policies and their inter-relations to local and regional development theories.
•       To highlight an awareness of the role of local and regional development practitioners and professionals in local and regional development, governance, policy and practice.

Original Summary:
Local and regional development theory and policy have undergone substantial changes in recent decades. Spatial disparities and inequalities remain a persistent concern in a more complex and uncertain context shaped by ‘globalisation’, innovation and the knowledge economy, sustainability and inter-territorial competition. Concerns about growth, productivity, jobs and public expenditure have been cast in a new light. The definition and meaning of ‘development’ in localities and regions have been questioned and broader approaches to economic, social and environmental concerns have been sought. This module engages with the emergent approaches to local and regional development to promote knowledge and understanding of theory and policy and their inter-relations in an international context.

Outline Of Syllabus

Local and Regional Development
Traditional Approaches: Neo-classical and Keynesian
New Approaches I
New Approaches II
New Approaches III
Project Topic Advice
Institutions: Government and Governance
Mobilising Indigenous Potential
Attracting and Embedding Exogenous Resources
Project Presentations I
Regional Development Theory and Policy – Future Directions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1176:00176:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       Introduction of contemporary local and regional development theory, policy and governance.
•       Interactive, student-focused seminar modes, including discussion of taught and read material, individual and/or group (research-based) projects and presentations, case study analyses, and external (practitioner) speakers
•       Involvement in field study visits to case study institutions and projects.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation201M20Individual oral presentation to be scheduled by School.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M803200 Word Individual Project
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

•       The individual project assesses the student’s ability to deliver through a written project a coherent, reasoned and critical argument of length developed from extensive reading and discussion. The oral presentation of this project assesses the student’s ability to communicate and present the contents of the project

Reading Lists

Timetable