GEO8018 : Local and Regional Development and Governance

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To provide an advanced knowledge and understanding of local and regional governance, and its inter-relations to local and regional development theory and policy.
•       To develop the ability to engage critically with current issues and debates concerning the institutional structures and territorial politics of local and regional governance.
•       To highlight an awareness of the role of local and regional development practitioners and professionals in local and regional development, governance, policy and practice.

This module looks at regional development and governance in its global context, using case studies from Europe, Asia and North America and a mixture of CURDS staff and visiting researchers. The first part of the module focuses on the EU, where regional disparities have been addressed by the EU’s commitment to spatially balanced economic and social development across its Member States. Lectures examine the future challenges for Europe and experiences in contrasting Member States of the EU. The second part of the module widens the lens to examine experiences from the Asia-Pacific region and North America.

Outline Of Syllabus

Regional development and governance in Europe
The future of EU regional policy
Central and Eastern Europe
South Korea
Workshop: Exploring Regional Development in Different Geographical Contexts*

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching212:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1176:00176:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

•       Introduction of contemporary local and regional governance theory, and its inter-relations to local and regional development theory, policy and practice.
•       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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Presentation202M20Oral presentation. To be scheduled by School.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M803,200 word 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