|School||Cardiff School of Geography and Planning|
|External Subject Code||K400|
|Number of Credits||20|
|Language of Delivery||English|
|Module Leader||Dr Brian Webb|
This module addresses the complexities of policy-making processes in the context of multi-level, co-governance arrangements. Running through the module is the systemic tension between a number of competing, equally important public policy goals, namely subsidiarity (devolved democracy) and solidarity (social equality); competition and collaboration; and managerialism and marketisation.
Demonstrate a critical awareness and systematic understanding of the policy-making complexity of the multi-level polity, including current debates – covering theory, policy and practice – in the field of urban and regional development.
Evidence a conceptual understanding of the tension between subsidiarity and solidarity, competition and collaboration and managerialism and marketisation.
Critically evaluate the need for both vertical and horizontal policy integration.
Make a constructive and reflective contribution to the design and evaluation of urban and regional development policy.
This module comprises a series of lectures, covering forms of governance at different spatial scales from the supranational to the neighbourhood, different models of governance including collaboration, and forms of regulation. Lectures provide an opportunity for questions and open discussion. In addition, seminars will enable students to undertake guided reading and engage in discussion, drawing out international similarities and differences in governance and how these affect approaches at sub-national levels.
The lecture and seminar discussions offer students the opportunity to develop communication skills and verbal reasoning skills. The individual seminar contribution element of the assessment will help students develop critical thinking and evaluation skills.
Essay - 80% 3000 words
Reflective Report- 20% 700 words
Students are permitted to be reassessed (usually once) in a module which they have failed, in line with course regulations. The reassessment will usually take place during the summer.
The module considers processes of policy development at different spatial scales from the supra-national to neighbourhood level and the role of different actors/ organisations/groups in these processes, including the private, public and third sectors. It explores the multi-level, co-governance context in which policy and practice operate. The module also provides international comparative perspectives.
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