TCP2025 : Researching Local Economies

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


Gain an understanding of the working of local economies and how they can be better understood through research.

With a planning focus, this module provides an applied introduction to the working of location economies, with particular references to housing, labour and retail. In the case of these three sectors of the local economy, the relevant ‘markets’ will be described, where the factors affecting them in terms of market and policy forces will be considered. In order to better understand these markets, statistical and geographical methods will be introduced and practical examples considered. There will be an emphasis throughout on project work and the use of secondary and map data, where the applied work focuses on “what a planner might do” to better understand and shape local economies.

Outline Of Syllabus

o Housing (definition of housing markets; determinant of housing demand; planning policy; and its influence over housing supply)
o Labour (definition of labour markets; segmented labour markets; forces shaping labour markets and their impacts)
o Retail (catchments; influences on performance and assessing performance; planning for retail and planning for retail “need”)
o Availability and use of secondary data sources
o Basic statistical analysis and its use investigating local economies.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture101:0010:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading154:0054:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops81:008:00Cluster based workshop
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This is an applied module giving hands on experience of using data to explore local economies.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Project Work - Report 1 2,500 words
Report1M50Project Work - Report 2 2,500 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Two assessments to cover the range of material. Project work reflects the research nature of the modules

Reading Lists