CP0244 - Governing People and Places

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCP0244
External Subject CodeK490
Number of Credits20
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Gareth Enticott
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2014/5

Outline Description of Module

This module introduces students to the government of place. The course examines how places are governed at different spatial scales, the organisations involved and how forms of evidence and evaluation are used to manage places. The module examines the interactions between local and national government in shaping what gets done in cities, towns and villages; the various techniques and methods used to manage places, and the changing roles of the public and private sectors. The module will introduce students to the principles of evidence based policy making; theories and principles of organisation in the public sector; and the tensions between different methods and scales of governing places.  The theories and issues covered in the lectures are brought together in a field study visit to a European destination.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

  1. Recognize the different organisations involved in governing places at different spatial scales
  2. Understand the socio-political dimensions to changes in the way places are governed
  3. Critically evaluate the limitations to different methods of governing places
  4. Appreciate the current political environment and how this sets particular agendas for practice
  5. Research and evaluate the effectiveness of methods of governing place
  6. Understand differing political perspectives on the public policy process and its outcomes, and the views of different interest groups

How the module will be delivered

Lectures, workshops and a field study visit to a European destination.

Skills that will be practised and developed

  1. Critical assessment of concepts and theories relating to the governance of place
  2. Designing frameworks to the assess the effectiveness of local governance
  3. Researching changes and public perceptions of government
  4. Relating and applying ideas of government to planning and from one place to another
  5. Preparing and presenting arguments and information in a variety of forms, e.g: written and oral.
  6. Using IT in work preparation and presentation
  7. Engage in small groups discussions

How the module will be assessed

Type of assessment



(if applicable)

Approx. date of Assessment



Group presentation on aspects of planning and evidence in London

15 minutes




Report on planning in a European destination.

2500 words


The potential for reassessment in this module

Students are permitted to be reassessed in a module which they have failed, in line with the course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Qualifying Mark Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Presentation 25 N/A
Group Presentation On Aspects Of Planning And Evidence In A European Destination
N/A 1 N/A
Report 75 N/A
Report On Planning In A European Destination
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

Essential Reading and Resource List

Ashworth, R., G. Boyne, et al., Eds. (2010). Public Service Improvement: Theories and Evidence. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Cabinet Office Strategy Unit (2003). The Magenta Book.

Nutley, S., I. Walter, et al. (2007). Using Evidence. How research can inform public services. Bristol, Policy Press.

Background Reading and Resource List

Houghton, M. (1997). "Performance indicators in town planning: much ado about nothing?" Local Government Studies 23(2): 1-13.

Morphet, J. (2008). Modern Local Government. London, Sage.

Percy-Smith, J., et al. (2002). Promoting change through research: The impact of research in local government. York, Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Power, M. (1997). The Audit Society. Oxford, Oxford University Press.

Smith, P. (1993). "Outcome-related performance indicators and organisational control in the public sector." British Journal of Management 4: 135-151.

Tallon, A. (2009). Urban Regeneration in the UK. London, Routledge.

Young, K., et al. (2002). "Social Science and the Evidence-based Policy Movement." Social Policy and Society 1(03): 215-224.

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