GEO8007 : Local and Regional Development: Methods, Analysis and Data'

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles, applications and limitations of the main methodologies, analytical techniques and data sources in local and regional development.

Advances in the understanding of regional development, and changes in the policy environment, have prompted innovations in research methods. In particular, a diversity of approaches is now in demand, ranging from qualitative methods through to the analysis of statistics. Recently there have also been important advances in the availability of relevant datasets, prompted by the Government’s concern with evidence-based policy.

This module seeks to provide a summary of the main methods for analysing key elements of regions’ development trends and prospects. As well as covering the practical skills themselves, attention is given to the principles underlying each method and also their limitations in practice.

The module is evaluated through two 1000 word reports.

Outline Of Syllabus

Session Plan:

This session provides an outline of the module, its aims, learning outcomes and form of assessment. The session also introduces students to some regional data and to material they will need for the session on Evaluation later in the module.

Quantitative Approaches
The purpose of this session is to illustrate some basic quantitative techniques relevant to the analysis of cities’ and regions’ development trends and prospects.

Qualitative Approaches
This session explores a range of qualitative research methods in the context of considering financial inclusion and exclusion in the west end of Newcastle.

Policy Development
The local and regional dimension of national policymaking is increasingly recognised by central government and local and regional institutions. This session explores the debate and examines the recent research and practice in incorporating regional perspectives into policy development.

The aim of this session is to provide a practical introduction to evaluation. The evaluation session for this module is based upon a group preparation and presentation of an ‘Evaluation Methodology’ for the assessment of a project or programme that a member of the group is familiar with or which they would have access to information on.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching62:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study188:0088:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       Introduction of the principles, applications and limitations of the main analytical methodologies, techniques and data sources in local and regional development.
•       Interactive, student-focused seminar modes, including individual and group projects.
•       Practicals to gain experience in developing methodologies and techniques, using analytical frameworks and accessing and interpreting data sources in local and regional development.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M501x1000 word project: qualitative
Essay2M501x1000 word project: quantitative
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

•       The individual project assesses the student’s understanding and ability to develop and utilise methodology, analysis and statistics in local and regional development through two 1000 word projects, one qualitative and one quantitative.

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