CPT892 - Urban and Regional Development in Practice

SchoolCardiff School of Planning and Geography
Department CodeCPLAN0
Module CodeCPT892
External Subject CodeK421
Number of Credits20
LevelL7
Language of DeliveryEnglish
Module Leader Dr Pauline Card
SemesterSpring Semester
Academic Year2013/4

Outline Description of Module

Regions and cities the world over currently face immense pressures to change land uses and adapt to wide-ranging economic, environmental and social pressures. Pressures of competition and globalisation have led to the decay and decline of traditional production-based industries and seen the growth of new, more high-tech service sectors and cultural businesses. Many places are thus being forced to re-invent themselves and rise to the multiple challenges of finding new ways of using the urban and industrial landscape, finding new forms of work and sources of income for local people, and developing new place identities and images to attract business investment, visitors and talented, creative people. As a result, regeneration strategies which once focused upon reconfiguring the physical fabric of run-down areas are having to become much broader and wider and to encompass the economic, social and cultural transformation of towns, cities and regions. Similarly, local economic development approaches are broadening with traditional strategies for business competitiveness and place marketing, being applied alongside more novel approaches based around the development of social enterprises and initiatives encouraging more locally embedded, sustainable business activities. 

This raises a number of challenges for the design and delivery of regeneration policies and strategies. Understanding these challenges and different ways and means by which they may be addressed is thus the principal focus of this module. The module will focus on understanding the nature, role and merits of different policy and practice interventions around the built environment and local economic development. To achieve this, it will combine insights from academic theory with case studies and practice-based perspectives on contemporary regeneration strategies, projects and local economic development policies and initiatives drawn from both the UK and international experience.

On completion of the module a student should be able to

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the challenges faced by regeneration practitioners and policy-makers in developing urban and regional regeneration strategies, including the challenges of fragmentation and the imperative to ‘join-up’ outputs and outcomes.

 Critically analyse the content of regeneration policies and strategies.

Assess the relative merits of different local economic development interventions.

 

How the module will be delivered

The module will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars. Lectures will include some visiting guest speakers. Seminars will focus on discussions and  coursework preparation  / surgeries.

Skills that will be practised and developed

Ability to produce a regeneration strategy for a particular locality.

Developing logical, insightful and analytical written arguments on specific subject areas.
Working individually, developing their own ideas on lecture and reference materials and seminars.
Discussing and debating policy / practice issues on specific topics in seminars.
Collecting, organising, presenting and interpreting a range of alternative arguments.
The use of library text, internet and electronic information technology resources in research for written and seminar work.

 

How the module will be assessed

Coursework 100%

Assessment Breakdown

Type % Title Duration(hrs) Period Week
Written Assessment 100
Coursework
N/A 1 N/A

Syllabus content

The module will focus on understanding the nature, role and merits of different policy and practice interventions around the built environment and local economic development. It will begin by introducing students to the challenges facing regeneration practitioners, moving through the different physical, social and economic issues to be addressed in regeneration strategies. It will then expose students to different practice-based perspectives on contemporary regeneration strategies, projects and local economic development policies and initiatives drawn from both the UK and international experience.

Essential Reading and Resource List

Hague, C., Hague, E. And Bretbach, C. (2011) Regional and Local Economic Development. Palgrave: Macmillan. 

Perry, M. (2010) Controversies in Local Economic Development: Stories, Strategies, Solutions. Routledge: Oxford. 

Pike, A., Rodríguez-Pose, A. and Tomaney, J. (2006) Local and Regional Development.  London: Routledge. 

Jones and Evans (2008)Urban Regeneration in the UK. Sage,London. 

Punter et al (2010) Urban Design and the British Urban Renaissance. Routledge, Oxon . 

Roberts & Sykes (2000)–Urban Regeneration.  A Handbook.  Sage, London. 

Tallon (2010) Urban Regeneration in the UK.  Routledge, Oxon. 

Specific references will be provided for each topic covered in the module.

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